Casey Stoner completed his domination of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Sunday, running away from Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa to win the fourth annual MotoGP race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Stoner, from Australia, beat Pedrosa to the finish by 4.828 seconds. It was his seventh victory of the season and first at IMS. His previous best finish at the Brickyard was fourth in 2008.
American Ben Spies finished third on a Yamaha Factory Racing machine.
Stoner, who started from pole, dropped to third on the first lap. But he passed reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo for second on Lap 2 and then passed Pedrosa for the lead on Lap 7 of the 28-lap race with an inside pass in Turn 1.
Spies started second but dropped to ninth on the first lap. But he methodically picked off rivals over the ensuing laps to record his second consecutive podium finish at IMS. He placed second last year.
It was a mixed day for the other two American riders in the field. Colin Edwards placed seventh on a Monster Yamaha Tech 3. Nicky Hayden finished a disappointing 14th on his Ducati after racing as high as fourth on the first lap.
Hayden was the only rider to select a medium compound Bridgestone front tire in a gamble to gain more grip. But it backfired, as the hard tire selected by other riders proved more durable.