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GP Week : Issue 28
>>Moto GPINDIANAPOLIS again, but I had no rubber left on the edge and it got pretty gnarly.” He had a kind word also for the 90,000 fans huddled in the grandstands: “We only had to be out there 40 minutes. They were out there all day!” Jorge Lorenzo was a superb third, and would have been second had the red flags not come out, for he passed Hayden on the 21st lap. It put two Fiat Yamahas on the rostrum for a second race in a row, and proved he is right back after his mid-season post-injury slump. “This is my first podium in the rain in all my life – it was good, but not perfect, because with one or two more laps I would have been second,” he said. Stoner prevailed in a close battle for fourth, regaining the spot narrowly from Dovizioso, with remarkable wild card Ben Spies (Rizla Suzuki) right on their tail by the finish. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda), in his first race on Bridgestone tyres, was caught and passed for seventh by Alice Ducati rider Sylvain Guintoli; with Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki) close behind. Alex de Angelis (San Carlos Honda) was tenth; wet specialist Anthony West (Kawasaki) 11th, well clear of the bedraggled followers. Rossi now leads Stoner by 87 points, 287 to 200, with 100 left on the table, champion in all but a mathematical calculation. Pedrosa is on 193, Lorenzo closing slowly on 156, and Dovizioso on 129. The calm before the storm: 91,000 spectators watch on as Hurricane Ike draws near 39