2008 United States motorcycle Grand Prix

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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
Date July 20, 2008
Official Name Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix
Location Laguna Seca
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

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. Tom Cruise and his wife Katie Holmes made an appearance at the race.

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 classification[edit]

Pos No Rider Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1 46 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 32 44:04.311 2 25
2 1 Australia Casey Stoner Ducati 32 +13.001 1 20
3 7 Australia Chris Vermeulen Suzuki 32 +26.609 8 16
4 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Honda 32 +34.901 9 13
5 69 United States Nicky Hayden Honda 32 +35.663 3 11
6 14 France Randy de Puniet Honda 32 +37.668 6 10
7 24 Spain Toni Elias Ducati 32 +41.629 10 9
8 11 United States Ben Spies Suzuki 32 +41.927 13 8
9 52 United Kingdom James Toseland Yamaha 32 +43.019 5 7
10 56 Japan Shinya Nakano Honda 32 +44.391 12 6
11 12 United States Jamie Hacking Kawasaki 32 +46.258 17 5
12 50 France Sylvain Guintoli Ducati 32 +55.273 14 4
13 15 San Marino Alex de Angelis Honda 32 +55.521 16 3
14 5 United States Colin Edwards Yamaha 32 +1:02.380 7 2
15 65 Italy Loris Capirossi Suzuki 32 +1:08.207 11 1
16 33 Italy Marco Melandri Ducati 32 +1:10.962 15
17 13 Australia Anthony West Kawasaki 31 +1 Lap 18
Ret 48 Spain Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 0 Accident 4

References[edit]


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Coordinates: 36°35′3.4″N 121°45′11.8″W / 36.584278°N 121.753278°W / 36.584278; -121.753278