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16-Jul-2012
Lorenzo extends lead with Mugello victory

Lorenzo extends lead with Mugello victory

The MotoGP™ classes produced three hard-fought races at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM at Mugello this weekend, where it was Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo who stormed to a dominant victory in the premier-class ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso.

Repsol Honda Team’s Pedrosa led into turn one, however Lorenzo got past into the lead within a few bends, as the grid diced for positions in the early stages. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso also pushed past Pedrosa, as Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden and LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl fought for fourth. Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner, the only rider to use the special construction rear hard tyre, did not have a great start, and had to fight his way past Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá to make up positions. Meanwhile San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Michele Pirro was black flagged due to a cutting the track as he was heading back into pit lane with a technical issue.

Two laps on, Pedrosa was all over the back of Dovizioso, as Lorenzo started to pull out a small gap at the front. Ducati’s Valentino Rossi had fought his way up to seventh, much to the delight of the home crowd, yet was having no easy ride, as Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow was looking for a way past on his satellite Yamaha. With 15 laps remaining Stoner’s tyres had come up to temperature, and the Australian managed to push his way past Hayden into fifth. A lap later Bradl put in a brave move on Dovizioso in turn one to slot into third. This was followed up by big drama as Stoner ran off track into the gravel, managing to keep the bike upright and re-joining in tenth.

Avintia Blusens’ Yonny Hernandez meanwhile crashed out of 18th place, but managed to walk away unhurt. NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards also had his race cut short as he retired with a mechanical issue. With eight laps remaining the grid had spread out, yet Crutchlow was still dicing with Rossi. A lap later Stoner had caught up to the back of San Carlo’s Álvaro Bautista, and put in an aggressive move, pushing the Spaniard wide and moving up into ninth. The final three laps promised further excitement as Dovizioso went past Bradl on the brakes into third, while Hayden, and the pursuing duo of Rossi and Crutchlow closed in on the podium battle. In the final lap Hayden made his way past Bradl, who fought back with a hard move, which pushed the American wide. This let Rossi through into fifth, with Crutchlow also taking advantage to nip into sixth.

Yet ultimately it was Lorenzo who took the chequered flag for his second successive victory at the track in front of Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso, who recoded his fourth podium of the season. Bradl was however one of the happiest riders, as he recorded his best ever finish in the premier class. Fifth spot went to Rossi, followed by Crutchlow, Hayden, Stoner, Barberá, Bautista and Yamaha’s Ben Spies, who was suffering from food poisoning. Top CRT spot went to De Puniet in 12th. Lorenzo now has a 19-point gap at the top of the championship ahead of Pedrosa and 37 ahead of Stoner.

Race Result - Round 9
1 Jorge Lorenzo 41'37.477 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Dani Pedrosa +5.223 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Andrea Dovizioso +10.665 ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
4 Stefan Bradl +10.711 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
5 Valentino Rossi +11.695 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
6 Cal Crutchlow +12.060 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 Nicky Hayden +12.235 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
8 Casey Stoner +30.617 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
9 Hector Barbera +31.728 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
10 Alvaro Bautista +34.589 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
11 Ben Spies +57.862 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
12 Randy De Puniet +59.963 FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
13 Aleix Espargaro +1'11.200 ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 James Ellison +1'11.458 GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
15 Mattia Pasini +1'11.828 ITA ART Speed Master
16 Ivan Silva +1 lap SPA BQR-FTR BQR
17 Colin Edwards DNF USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
18 Yonny Hernandez DNF COL BQR-FTR BQR
19 Danilo Petrucci DNF ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
20 Michelle Pirro DNF ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
21 Karel Abraham DNS CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing

Championship standings
1 Jorge Lorenzo 210 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 186 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Casey Stoner 156 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Andrea Dovizioso 124 pts ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Cal Crutchlow 105 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Valentino Rossi 93 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
7 Stefan Bradl 88 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
8 Nicky Hayden 83 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Alvaro Bautista 79 pts SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
10 Ben Spies 71 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
11 Hector Barbera 67 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
12 Randy De Puniet 32 pts FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
13 Aleix Espargaro 29 pts ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 Michelle Pirro 16 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
15 James Ellison 14 pts GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
16 Mattia Pasini 14 pts ITA ART Speed Master
17 Danilo Petrucci 9 pts ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
18 Colin Edwards 8 pts USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
19 Yonny Hernandez 6 pts COL BQR-FTR BQR
20 Ivan Silva 5 pts SPA BQR-FTR BQR
21 Karel Abraham 4 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
22 Franco Battaini 0 pts ITA DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
23 Chris Vermeulen 0 pts AUS SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing