Motorsports Update – June 4, 2012

Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya
Jorge Lorenzo stormed to victory in front of his home crowd ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso.

Pedrosa blasted to the front from the second row, hotly pursued by Yamaha´s Ben Spies, who also had a tremendous start from fourth. Lorenzo pushed his way past Casey Stoner into third.

Within a few corners, Andrea Dovizioso pushed his way past Stoner, who then ran wide a lap later, also letting through Cal Crutchlow. With 23 laps left Spies made a move on Pedrosa, but ran wide and dropped his bike in the dirt, forcing him to the back of the pack.

With 21 laps remaining, the front five of Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Dovizioso, Crutchlow and Stoner started to pull away from the rest. Two laps later Lorenzo went past Pedrosa on the brakes down the home straight, while Stoner took Crutchlow for fourth shortly after. Pedrosa made use of a drive on the straight with 14 laps left, as he passed Lorenzo in the slipstream, yet could not shake him on the next lap. One lap later, Lorenzo was too late on the brakes into the first turn, letting Dovizioso close the gap once more.

With just six laps remaining, Lorenzo was right on the rear wheel of Pedrosa, as the pair were involved in a nail-biting tussle for the lead. It was the Repsol rider who subsequently made a mistake with a big wheelie, which allowed Lorenzo past in the following corner.

In the end it was Lorenzo who took the checkered flag by over five seconds from Pedrosa, with Dovizioso holding off Stoner to take his first podium this year. The reigning world champion finished fourth, which is the first time he hasn’t stood on the podium since Jerez last year.

AMA Pro Racing
Next race:
Triumph SuperBike Classic, Barber Motorsports Park, June 22-24

GRAND-AM Road Racing
Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200, Belle Isle Park
Chevrolet teams celebrated GRAND-AM’s first visit to the Motor City by winning both classes.

Joao Barbosa beat Action Express Racing teammate David Donohue to the checkered flag by .440 seconds, giving Barbosa and Darren Law their first Daytona Prototype victory of the season. Donohue led 16 laps in the No. 5 Corvette DP started by Terry Borcheller, but was passed by Barbosa in Turn 1 while he was attempting to pass a GT competitor on Lap 54.

In GT, Jordan Taylor and Paul Edwards combined to win in the No. 88 Autohaus Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro. Taylor passed Charles Espenlaub’s No. 41 Bass2Billfish/Visit Florida Mazda RX-8 on Lap 45 and paced the final 35 circuits. Jonathan Bomarito followed Taylor around Espenlaub in the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 started by Sylvain Tremblay, finishing 3.481 seconds behind Taylor.

A pair of two-race winning streaks ended in both classes. Ricky Taylor led 12 laps in the No. 10 SunTrust Corvette DP started by Max Angelelli but tagged the pit wall following a stop, resulting in eight laps behind the wall to repair suspension damage and a 10th-place finish. Jeff Segal and Emil Assentato finished fourth in GT in the No. 69 AIM Autosport Team FXDD Ferrari 458 Italia. Ferrari continued to lead the GT Manufacturers’ Championship, although Chevrolet advanced two positions and now trails by six points, 156-150.

Ryan Dalziel and Enzo Potolicchio finished sixth in the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Ford/Riley to maintain their lead in the DP standings by one point over Law, 152-14

American Le Mans Series
Next race
: The American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix, Lime Rock Park, July 6-7

Formula 1
Next race:
Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe, Valencia

Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
Scott Dixon led flag-to-flag to score his first win of the 2012 season Sunday in Detroit. The race was shortened from its original duration of 90 laps to 60.

The race was devoid of much overtaking or interest before the red flag period. Where things got interesting was when Hinchcliffe got taken out by a piece of the track that he hit in Turn 6 – which caused an abnormal but perhaps warranted language outburst on his radio. At the same time Takuma Sato launched over the curbs in Turn 12 and into the tire barriers there, after also hitting a portion of the track.

The race was red flagged to repair the damage and determined the race would restart with 15 laps remaining. A pair of back-to-back yellows, including one spin where Marco Andretti punted Viso and another where several drivers – Helio Castroneves, Ed Carpenter, Ryan Briscoe, Simona de Silvestro and Josef Newgarden – all had various spins and stalls between Turns 6 and 7. All recovered for midpack finishes.

Fed Ex 400 benefiting Autism Speaks
Jimmie Johnson won the 43rd Annual FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks. With Johnson’s seventh win at Dover, he ties NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Bobby Allison for most NSCS wins all-time at Dover.

Kevin Harvick finished second, Matt Kenseth third, Dale Earnhardt Jr. fourth and Clint Bowyer fifth.

Toyota NHRA SuperNationals
Steve Torrence raced to his second Top Fuel victory of the season Sunday at Old Bridge Township Raeway Park.

Johnny Gray (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycles) were also winners.

World Superbike
Next race:
Misano Adriatico, San Marino, June 10

Sources: series websites, press releases and various independent motorsports websites