Jorge Lorenzo wins MotoGP at Brno

Jorge Lorenzo took win number 7 of 2010 at Brno

Jorge Lorenzo took win number 7 of 2010 at Brno

Jorge Lorenzo’s unstoppable 2010 form continued at the Cardion ab Grand Prix Czech Republic at Brno where the Fiat Yamaha rider won his seventh race of the season. A front row start was converted into another 25 points by the Spaniard, who maintained his record of having finished inside the top two in every race so far.

The sun was shining in stark contrast to the fears of poor weather that had preceded the race with just over 148,000 enthusiastic fans packed out the Brno circuit, and Lorenzo engaged in an early battle with rival Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) – who started from pole position – for the lead.

There were two early fallers as Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki) and Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) went down inside the opening three laps, the latter managing to avoid collisions with a number of oncoming bikes while stranded in the middle of the track coming out of turn nine. The Italian rejoined the back of the race but was forced to retire shortly after.

Lorenzo and Pedrosa exchanged the fastest lap time in the preliminary stages of the race as they set the pace but the Championship leader slowly began to pull away, the pair well ahead of Casey Stoner (Ducati Team) in third place. Mika Kallio (Pramac Racing) was another victim of misfortune when his difficulties continued as he crashed out.

The riders became more separated as the race reached its finale, and Lorenzo cruised across the line 5.494s ahead of Pedrosa to extend his Championship lead over his fellow Spaniard to 77 points. The Repsol Honda rider was followed onto the podium by Australia’s Casey Stoner aboard a Ducati, who finished third at almost six seconds back and moved into third in the Championship ahead of Dovizioso.

Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) placed fourth from his first MotoGP front row grid position having made an impressive start, with Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha) fifth at just over four seconds off the rookie. American duo Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) and Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) were sixth and seventh respectively, with Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team), Héctor Barberá (Páginas Amarillas Aspar) and the returning Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) completing the top ten.

Next round

The 11th round of the MotoGP is back across the Atlantic at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the Red Bull Grand Prix of Indy on August 29.

Check out the race highlights from Brno


Czech Republic Grand Prix results

Pos

Driver

Team

Laps

Time/Retired

1

Jorge Lorenzo

Fiat Yamaha

21

Winner

2

Dani Pedrosa

Repsol Honda

21

+5.94 secs

3

Casey Stoner

Ducati

21

+11.426 secs

4

Ben Spies

Monster Tech 3 Yamaha

21

+13.723 secs

5

Valentino Rossi

Fiat Yamaha

21

+17.930 secs

6

Nicky Hayden

Ducati

21

+26.815 secs

7

Colin Edwards

Monster Tech 3 Yamaha

21

+33.396 secs

8

Marco Melandri

San Carlo Honda Gresini

21

+39.406 secs

9

Hector Barbera

Paginas Amarillas Aspra Ducati

21

+39.639 secs

10

Randy De Puniet

LCR Honda

21

+40.893 secs

11

Marco Simoncelli

San Carlo Honda Gresini

21

+42.032 secs

12

Aleix Espargaro

Pramac Ducati

21

+47.091 secs

13

Alex De Angelis

Interwetten Honda

21

+51.368 secs

DNF

Alvaro Bautista

Rizla Suzuki

20

+ 1 Lap

DNF

Mika Kallio

Pramac Ducati

6

+ 21 Laps

DNF

Andrea Dovizioso

Repsol Honda

5

+16 Laps

DNF

Loris Capirossi

Rizla Suzuki

1

+21 Laps

Championship points after 10 of 18 rounds

Pos

Driver

Nationality

Points

1

Jorge Lorenzo

Spanish

235

2

Dani Pedrosa

Spanish

158

3

Casey Stoner

Australian

119

4

Andrea Dovizioso

Italian

115

5

Valentino Rossi

Italian

101

6

Nicky Hayden

American

99

7

Ben Spies

American

90

8

Randy De Puniet

French

75

9

Marco Melandri

Italian

61

10

Colin Edwards

American

57

11

Marco Simoncelli

Italian

54

12

Hector Barbera

Spanish

48

13

Loris Capirossi

Italian

36

14

Aleix Espargaro

Spanish

32

15

Mika Kallio

Finnish

31

16

Alvaro Bautista

Spanish

25

17

Hiroshi Aoyama

Japanese

18

18

Alex De Angelis

San Marinan

11

19

Roger Lee Hayden

American

5

20

Kousuke Akiyoshi

Japanese

4

21

Wataru Yoshikawa

Japanese

1

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