Lorenzo extends points lead with Catalan victory

  • Sunday 3rd June, 2012 10:56pm
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Lorenzo2 344x224 Lorenzo extends points lead with Catalan victory

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 LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha

164.4

43’07.681

2

Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Honda

164.1

+5.003

3

Andrea DOVIZIOSO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha

163.8

+9.361

4

Casey STONER Repsol Honda Team Honda

163.8

+9.544

5

Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha

163.6

+12.506

6

Alvaro BAUTISTA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda

163.5

+13.948

7

Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team Ducati

163.3

+17.555

8

Stefan BRADL LCR Honda MotoGP Honda

162.9

+23.478

9

Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team Ducati

162.5

+30.410

10

Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha

162.3

+32.897

11

Hector BARBERA Pramac Racing Team Ducati

162.1

+36.144

12

Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati

160.9

+56.229

13

Aleix ESPARGARO Power Electronics Aspar ART

160.2

+1’08.054

14

Michele PIRRO San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR

160.1

+1’08.775

15

Randy DE PUNIET Power Electronics Aspar ART

160.0

+1’10.483

16

James ELLISON Paul Bird Motorsport ART

159.9

+1’13.090

17

Mattia PASINI Speed Master ART

159.4

+1’20.903

18

Yonny HERNANDEZ Avintia Blusens BQR

159.4

+1’21.235

19

Danilo PETRUCCI Came IodaRacing Project Ioda

158.2

+1’41.207

20

Ivan SILVA Avintia Blusens BQR

158.2

+1’41.888

21

Colin EDWARDS NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter

151.5

1 Lap

See below for the updated points standings

Pos.

Rider

Points

1 Jorge LORENZO 115
2 Casey STONER 95
3 Dani PEDROSA 85
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 60
5 Cal CRUTCHLOW 56
6 Valentino ROSSI 51
7 Alvaro BAUTISTA 45
8 Stefan BRADL 43
9 Nicky HAYDEN 40
10 Hector BARBERA 31
11 Ben SPIES 24
12 Aleix ESPARGARO 15
13 Randy DE PUNIET 7
14 Mattia PASINI 6
15 Michele PIRRO 6
16 James ELLISON 5
17 Karel ABRAHAM 4
18 Colin EDWARDS 4
19 Danilo PETRUCCI 4
20 Yonny HERNANDEZ 3
21 Ivan SILVA 1

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