Lorenzo extends points lead with Catalan victory

Sunday 3rd June, 2012

10:56pm

Author: SpeedCafe ©

Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo has overcome a strong challenge from countryman Dani Pedrosa to take his third win of the season in the Catalan Grand Prix.

The factory riders from Yamaha and Honda swapped the lead on several occasions throughout the race, before Lorenzo made the winning move with less than six laps remaining.

Pedrosa, who had found himself more than a second in front midrace after a small mistake from his rival, had no answer in the closing laps, eventually taking the flag 5.0s adrift.

Andrea Dovizioso scored his first podium of the season by holding off a late charge from Casey Stoner.

The pole-sitting Stoner dropped to as low as sixth in the opening laps, eventually missing the podium for the first time in 14 months.

Cal Crutchlow made it three Yamahas in the top five, while Alvaro Bautista, Valentino Rossi, Stefan Bradl, Nicky Hayden and Ben Spies completed the top 10.

Spies’ afternoon went awry when he fell to the back of the field while trying to take the lead from Pedrosa on the third lap.

Lorenzo now holds a 20 point lead over Stoner after five of 18 races, with Pedrosa a further 10 points adrift in third.

See below for the full race result

Pos.

Rider

Team

Bike

Km/h

Time/Gap

1

Jorge LORENZOYamaha Factory RacingYamaha

164.4

43’07.681

2

Dani PEDROSARepsol Honda TeamHonda

164.1

+5.003

3

Andrea DOVIZIOSOMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha

163.8

+9.361

4

Casey STONERRepsol Honda TeamHonda

163.8

+9.544

5

Cal CRUTCHLOWMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha

163.6

+12.506

6

Alvaro BAUTISTASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda

163.5

+13.948

7

Valentino ROSSIDucati TeamDucati

163.3

+17.555

8

Stefan BRADLLCR Honda MotoGPHonda

162.9

+23.478

9

Nicky HAYDENDucati TeamDucati

162.5

+30.410

10

Ben SPIESYamaha Factory RacingYamaha

162.3

+32.897

11

Hector BARBERAPramac Racing TeamDucati

162.1

+36.144

12

Karel ABRAHAMCardion AB MotoracingDucati

160.9

+56.229

13

Aleix ESPARGAROPower Electronics AsparART

160.2

+1’08.054

14

Michele PIRROSan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR

160.1

+1’08.775

15

Randy DE PUNIETPower Electronics AsparART

160.0

+1’10.483

16

James ELLISONPaul Bird MotorsportART

159.9

+1’13.090

17

Mattia PASINISpeed MasterART

159.4

+1’20.903

18

Yonny HERNANDEZAvintia BlusensBQR

159.4

+1’21.235

19

Danilo PETRUCCICame IodaRacing ProjectIoda

158.2

+1’41.207

20

Ivan SILVAAvintia BlusensBQR

158.2

+1’41.888

21

Colin EDWARDSNGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter

151.5

1 Lap

See below for the updated points standings

Pos.

Rider

Points

1Jorge LORENZO115
2Casey STONER95
3Dani PEDROSA85
4Andrea DOVIZIOSO60
5Cal CRUTCHLOW56
6Valentino ROSSI51
7Alvaro BAUTISTA45
8Stefan BRADL43
9Nicky HAYDEN40
10Hector BARBERA31
11Ben SPIES24
12Aleix ESPARGARO15
13Randy DE PUNIET7
14Mattia PASINI6
15Michele PIRRO6
16James ELLISON5
17Karel ABRAHAM4
18Colin EDWARDS4
19Danilo PETRUCCI4
20Yonny HERNANDEZ3
21Ivan SILVA1

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