Jorge Lorenzo dominated the Indianapolis MotoGP on a day when main rivals Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa both threw away their chances with crashes.
The result means that the Yamaha rider has now halved the disadvantage he had from championship leader and team-mate Rossi to 25 points.
Spain's Lorenzo kept his head cool and first witnessed pole-sitter Pedrosa dropping his Honda from the lead on lap four of the 28-lap race. The former 125 and 250cc world champion eventually managed to rejoin the track in last place and set off to salvage some points, which in the end he did by ending up tenth.
It was then Rossi's turn to lead, but Lorenzo overtook him on lap nine, just one lap before the Italian lost the front of his Yamaha M1 bike while entering turn 2. The seven-time champion, too, managed to rejoin, but the crash damaged his throttle and forced him to retire within two laps.
From then on, Lorenzo had a comfortable lead of around 10 seconds over Alex de Angelis, which he maintained to the end of the race.
De Angelis took his maiden MotoGP podium thanks to an excellent performance that began in qualifying, when the San Marino rider put his Gresini Honda on the fourth slot of the grid. The start saw him losing one place to Colin Edwards' Tech 3 Yamaha, but he duly regained position within six laps and then managed to open a gap over his rivals towards the end of the race.
The last podium place went to Nicky Hayden, who resisted race-long pressure from Honda's Andrea Dovizioso to score his best ever result for Ducati in front of his home crowd.
Dovizioso thus ended up fourth, just half a second behind the American, with Texan Edwards fifth, 12 seconds further back.
James Toseland, on the second Tech 3 Yamaha, classified sixth ahead of Loris Capirossi's Suzuki and Mika Kallio's factory Ducati, with Toni Elias (Gresini Honda) and Pedrosa completing the top 10.
Marco Melandri suffered a major high-side late in the race when his Hayate Kawasaki was in seventh place, while Niccolo Canepa's Pramac Ducati broke down.
CLASSIFIED: Pos Rider Team Time 1. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 47m13.592s 2. Alex de Angelis Gresini Honda + 9.435s 3. Nicky Hayden Ducati + 12.947s 4. Andrea Dovizioso Honda + 13.478s 5. Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha + 26.254s 6. James Toseland Tech 3 Yamaha + 32.408s 7. Loris Capirossi Suzuki + 34.400s 8. Mika Kallio Ducati + 34.856s 9. Toni Elias Gresini Honda + 45.005s 10. Daniel Pedrosa Honda + 45.377s 11. Chris Vermeulen Suzuki + 45.478s 12. Randy de Puniet LCR Honda + 52.294s 13. Aleix Espargaro Pramac Ducati +1m03.552s 14. Gabor Talmacsi Scot Honda +1m15.086s NOT CLASSIFIED/RETIREMENTS: Rider Bike Laps Marco Melandri Hayate Kawasaki 25 Niccolo Canepa Pramac Ducati 23 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 12 FASTEST LAP: Lorenzo, 1m40.152s on lap 4
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