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2008 United States motorcycle Grand Prix

The 2008 United States motorcycle Grand Prix was the eleventh round of the 2008 MotoGP championship. It took place on the weekend of July 18–20, 2008, at the Laguna Seca circuit. It was an eventful race between Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner where the lead was hotly contested between the two. On lap 23, with Rossi leading after an ingenious but controversial pass down the corkscrew, Stoner entered into the last corner too deep and ended up in the gravel trap. Rossi retained his lead for the remainder of the race while Stoner managed to finish in second place despite his mistake. Rossi won for the first time at Laguna Seca and Stoner set a new lap record with a time of 1:21.488.

United States  2008 United States Grand Prix
Race details
Race 11 of 18 races in the
2008 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Laguna Seca.svg
DateJuly 20, 2008
Official nameRed Bull U.S. Grand Prix[1][2][3]
LocationLaguna Seca Raceway
Course
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 3.610 km (2.243 mi)
MotoGP
Pole position
Rider Australia Casey Stoner
Time 1:20.700
Fastest lap
Rider Australia Casey Stoner
Time 1:21.488
Podium
First Italy Valentino Rossi
Second Australia Casey Stoner
Third Australia Chris Vermeulen

As usual, only the MotoGP class was permitted to race at Laguna Seca due to the Californian air pollution law prohibiting two-stroke engines in the state.

MotoGP classificationEdit

Pos. No. Rider Team Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 46   Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 32 44:04.311 2 25
2 1   Casey Stoner Ducati Team Ducati 32 +13.001 1 20
3 7   Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 32 +26.609 8 16
4 4   Andrea Dovizioso JiR Team Scot MotoGP Honda 32 +34.901 9 13
5 69   Nicky Hayden Repsol Honda Team Honda 32 +35.663 3 11
6 14   Randy de Puniet LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 32 +37.668 6 10
7 24   Toni Elías Alice Team Ducati 32 +41.629 10 9
8 11   Ben Spies Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 32 +41.927 13 8
9 52   James Toseland Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 32 +43.019 5 7
10 56   Shinya Nakano San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 32 +44.391 12 6
11 12   Jamie Hacking Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 32 +46.258 17 5
12 50   Sylvain Guintoli Alice Team Ducati 32 +55.273 14 4
13 15   Alex de Angelis San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 32 +55.521 16 3
14 5   Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 32 +1:02.380 7 2
15 65   Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 32 +1:08.207 11 1
16 33   Marco Melandri Ducati Team Ducati 32 +1:10.962 15
17 13   Anthony West Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 31 +1 lap 18
Ret 48   Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 0 Accident 4
WD 2   Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda Withdrew
Sources:[4][5][6]

Championship standings after the race (MotoGP)Edit

Below are the standings for the top five riders and constructors after round eleven has concluded.[7]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2008 United States MotoGP". Motorpsortmagazine.com. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "2008 MotoGP Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "Laguna Seca Raceway - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  4. ^ "2008 United States MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". 13 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Classification" (PDF). resources.motogp.com. 2008.
  6. ^ "motogp.com · RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX · MotoGP Race Classification 2008". www.motogp.com.
  7. ^ "Standings" (PDF). resources.motogp.com. 2008. Retrieved 2019-08-23.

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