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Jorge Lorenzo Dominates In Mugello

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Jorge Lorenzo Dominates In Mugello
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Jorge Lorenzo was unbeatable in Mugello claiming a brilliant victory in the Gran Premio d'Italia, his third consecutive MotoGP win of the season.

After a flying start from second on the grid, Lorenzo tucked in behind Ducati's Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso to quickly make his intentions clear. He moved up from third to lead the way when he crossed the line for the first time.

With a clear track ahead of him, the race went exactly as he planned. As his pit board signaled rival Marc Marquez's approach, he put the hammer down, setting a 1'47.700, the fastest lap of race.

He gradually built a gap and remained untouchable for the rest of the race. Riding consistent laps in the low 1'48s the Spaniard finished his perfect performance at the team's home GP with a 5.563s advantage. This win is Lorenzo's third at the Mugello circuit in four years' time.

"I'm very happy, because I didn't expect to escape with such a big margin, but sometimes it happens that you feel great on the bike." Lorenzo said. "Today the track was not so quick so everyone has been a bit slower than we expected. I was the only rider to ride multiple 1'47s, so luckily for me I was gaining six or seven-tenths per lap, this was key to the win of the race.

"If someone would have told me before Jerez that I would win three races in a row I wouldn't have believed it, but this is what happened. We are in a great shape; Valentino is getting podiums in every race so that means he is strong and also the bike is working really well. It seems that this year could be our year, so we have to take advantage of it.

"It was a different situation when I was twenty-nine points behind than now when it's down to six, but even like that it's difficult to close in on Valentino in points because he is always on the podium. Today Iannone stayed in front of him so it's four points more and as I said six points difference is much better than twenty-nine, but we can't relax and neither can Yamaha.

"Our competitors are working really hard to fix the problems they seem to have with the stability of their bikes and they will arrive at a point that they will win races, but until then we need to make the most of our potential to improve the bike little by little."
Jorge Lorenzo Dominates In Mugello
Andrea Iannone scored his best-ever finish in MotoGP, taking the runner-up slot in Italy
Andrea Iannone scored his best-ever finish in MotoGP, taking the runner-up slot. The Ducati Team rider, who started from pole position, rode a great race on the undulating Tuscany circuit to take the 20 points.

After crossing the line at the end of the opening lap in third place, Iannone was then passed by Marquez one lap later and he remained fourth until lap 9. On the tenth lap Andrea then passed both Dovizioso and Marquez to move into second, and he held onto that place until the chequered flag despite coming under attack from Marquez, who crashed out, and a rapidly recovering Rossi.

Thanks to this result, Iannone has now moved into fourth place overall in the standings with 81 points.

‰ÛÏI am so pleased with today‰Ûªs result, it was incredible, because today it was not easy to score a podium finish." Iannone stated. "My team did a great job, the bike worked really well and the Clinica Mobile gave me a big hand throughout the weekend.

"This GP15 is a really great bike, and I was able to administer the race really well. At the start I wanted to try and stay with Jorge: he didn‰Ûªt have a better pace than me, but he did manage to keep that pace by taking fewer risks.

"When I realized that I was pushing too hard, I tried to maintain my speed, do my own race and keep one eye on my shoulder, which from mid-race onwards was showing signs of tiredness. I want to thank everyone because this is the result of great team-work and is something that we have built up together.‰Û
Jorge Lorenzo Dominates In Mugello
Starting from eighth on the grid, Yamaha's Valentino Rossi worked his way onto the podium by race end
Starting from eighth on the grid, Yamaha's Valentino Rossi lost time when he got caught up in the pack and finished the first lap in ninth. He quickly made his way through the field, hunting for Cal Crutchlow riding in sixth and overtaking him on lap eight.

It took The Doctor four laps to close down a 2.5s gap to the group battling for second place. He immediately passed Dovizioso for fifth and went on chasing Dani Pedrosa, Marquez and Iannone.

Rossi had his mind set on the podium and, having watched Marquez crash out, he was quick to make a move on Pedrosa for third. He pushed hard to close in on Iannone, setting a personal best of 1'48.173, but was unable to catch his compatriot and secured the last podium place, 6.661s from his teammate, accomplishing a third consecutive double podium for Yamaha.

"Mugello was very busy, because I am very competitive and all the Italian fans expected a great race from me." Rossi commented. "It's a bit of a shame that it wasn't a fantastic race. I wasn't strong enough but at the end of the race I arrived on the podium after a great recovery and a hard race.

"To be on the podium with whole the crowd is always magical with the track being full of people. I've been suffering the whole weekend, I was never strong and didn't achieve a good level of speed.

"In the race I also suffered a lot, especially on the first lap. I think we have to improve, especially with Jorge being very strong, he is in a great shape and to match his level we need to be more competitive."
Jorge Lorenzo Dominates In Mugello
Dani Pedrosa lead the way for the Repsol Honda Team finishing a fighting fourth.
Dani Pedrosa lead the way for the Repsol Honda Team finishing a fighting fourth.

Pedrosa, who won at Mugello in 2010, fought the recurrence of arm-pump to finish sixth in the season-opening Qatar GP, then withdrew for specialist surgery, missing the next three races while undergoing remedial therapy. Two weeks ago at Le Mans he proved recovery was on course; now in Italy even more so.

The former 125cc and double 250cc champion qualified seventh and finished the first lap eighth, but by half distance he was up to fourth, with the trio disputing second. On the same lap that Marquez fell ahead of him, Rossi (Yamaha) came past; but Pedrosa hung on doggedly until finally having to give best at the end.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm happy overall, especially because my forearm is getting better all the time." Pedrosa said. "Today I had a fairly good race, right through to the end. I was able to fight with some other riders and confirm that every week I‰Ûªm getting better.

"It has been positive. Now we have to work on the bike to try to develop it and get better results at the coming races.‰Û
Jorge Lorenzo Dominates In Mugello
Rounding out the top five was Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Bradley Smith
Rounding out the top five was Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Bradley Smith, who was able to edge out his team-mate Pol Espargaro at the line by three tenth of a second.

"I'm really pleased to close this weekend with a 5th place finish after a superb race that was a real pleasure to ride!" Smith said. "Although my qualifying position was not fantastic, it spurred me on to get a good start, which is exactly what I did and then to come home with 5th is great for me, the team and the championship standings.

"I had fun battling with Cal and I really gave it my all, plus the bike was strong today, even though there are a few things that we need to address in the coming weeks. One of these was the handling of the bike in the beginning of the race, yet, there's not a lot we can do with the setting to close the gap in the opening laps.

"I am sure Yamaha understands where we are struggling and I'm convinced they will do their very best to assist us in solving this in the future. Still, the bike is working really well at every track we have visited so far so I look forward to the next race in Barcelona, which is almost a home race for me because I live quite close by!"
Jorge Lorenzo Dominates In Mugello
Maverick Vinales secured his best result aboard his Suzuki finishing in 7th position
Maverick Vinales secured his best result aboard his Suzuki finishing in 7th position, ahead of Ducati test rider Michele Pirro in 8th. The Parmack Ducati pairing of Danilo Petrucci and Yonny Hernandez rounded out the top ten, giving Ducati four riders inside the top ten, more than any other manufacture.

A host of riders failed to finish the race with Marc Marquez being the biggest name to crash out of the race. After laying down a blistering first lap from 13th on the grid, the reinging world champion worked his way into third position and briefly into second before crashing mid way through the race.

Aleix Espargaro who entered the round in considerable pain after breaking bones in his hand at the previous race, crashed out early, while Cal Crutchlow was another high profile rider to crash out of the race, with his LCR Honda taking the full force of a head on impact into a wall. Crutchlow luckily was well away from his bike as it carred out of control.

Australian Jack Miller also recorded a DNF after losing control of the front end of his bike in the early stages of the race.
Jorge Lorenzo Dominates In Mugello
Race Results
1 Jorge Lorenzo 41'39.173 ESP YAMAHA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
2 Andrea Iannone 5.563 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
3 Valentino Rossi 6.661 ITA YAMAHA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
4 Dani Pedrosa 9.978 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Bradley Smith 15.284 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Pol Espargaro 15.665 ESP YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 Maverick Vinales 23.805 ESP SUZUKI Team Suzuki MotoGP
8 Michele Pirro 29.152 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Danilo Petrucci 32.008 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
10 Yonny Hernandez 34.571 COL DUCATI Pramac Racing
11 Scott Redding 38.553 GBR HONDA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
12 Loris Baz 42.158 FORWARD YAMAHA Forward Racing
13 Hector Barbera 42.158 ESP AVINTIA Avintia Racing
14 Alvaro Bautista 50.435 ESP APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
15 Eugene Laverty 53.060 HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
16 Mike De Meglio 1'15.265 FRA AVINTIA Avintia Racing
17 Karel Abraham 1'15.381 CZE HONDA AB Motoracing
18 Marco Melandri 1'41.840 APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
19 Cal Crutchlow DNF GBR HONDA CWM LCR Honda
20 Marc Marquez DNF ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
21 Andrea Dovizioso DNF ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
22 Stefan Bradl DNF GER FORWARD YAMAHA Forward Racing
23 Nicky Hayden DNF USA HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
24 Aleix Espargaro DNF ESP SUZUKI Team Suzuki MotoGP
25 Jack Miller DNF AUS HONDA CWM LCR Honda
26 Alex de Angelis DNF ART Octo IodaRacing Team

Championship standings
1 Valentino Rossi 118 pts
2 Jorge Lorenzo 112 pts
3 Andrea Dovizioso 83 pts
4 Andrea Iannone 81 pts
5 Marc Marquez 69 pts
6 Bradley Smith 57 pts
7 Cal Crutchlow 47 pts
8 Pol Espargaro 45 pts
9 Maverick Vinales 36 pts
10 Danilo Petrucci 32 pts
11 Aleix Espargaro 31 pts
12 Yonny Hernandez 26 pts
13 Dani Pedrosa 23 pts
14 Scott Redding 18 pts
15 Hector Barbera 16 pts
19 Jack Miller 6 pts

Top Image: Jorge Lorenzo on his way to a comfortable 5.5 second win in Italy

Credit: Yamaha

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