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Recap 2010: Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix

Recap 2010: Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix’s comprehensive summary of the ninth round of the season at Laguna Seca offers you the chance to re-live the best of the action, with easy one-click access to video highlights.

Marking the halfway point in the season – the ninth of 18 rounds on the 2010 MotoGP calendar – the Californian sunshine welcomed the premier class to Laguna Seca in late July, and provided the chance for the premier class stars to enjoy some of the glitz and glamour thanks to the close proximity to Hollywood.

Taking advantage of that were Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies and Colin Edwards, who were joined by MotoGP legends Eddie Lawson, Kenny Roberts and Wayne Rainey as Yamaha riders past and present were treated to a trip around American TV presenter Jay Leno’s extensive collection of cars and motorcycles. Meanwhile over on Sunset Beach, Dani Pedrosa was surfing and then took a skydiving lesson in a wind tunnel courtesy of Red Bull.

The serious business began at the pre-race press conference where Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Spies were joined by Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden. The renowned Laguna track was also navigated by MotoGP legend Kevin Schwantz, who gave a tour of the circuit layout.

When the action got underway it was Casey Stoner who settled into his rhythm quickest in the opening practice, setting the fastest time. The following day Lorenzo assumed the pace in the second session, in which Rossi presented a special new helmet design that made sure there was no confusion surrounding the fact that he was well and truly back.

A number of riders had by that stage negotiated the famous Corkscrew for the first time and they gave their impressions of the notorious section of the track. On Saturday afternoon Lorenzo then secured his fifth consecutive pole position of the campaign in qualifying.

Pedrosa made a characteristically rapid start in the race on Sunday, but the Repsol Honda rider’s crash on lap 11 when leading allowed Lorenzo to take his sixth win of the season, extending his lead at the top of the Championship standings to 72 points. Stoner and a resurgent Rossi completed the podium, the Australian securing his best result of 2010 by that point and the reigning World Champion marking down a top-three finish in only his second race back from injury.

As ever the Paddock Girls were present, whilst the OnBoard cameras caught all the action from a unique perspective.

Following the race the three podium finishers discussed another eventful round in the press conference, before they began the three-week summer break which preceded round ten at Brno.

MotoGP, 2010

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