Lorenzo hunts down team-mate to win at Estoril

Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo

Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo put one over his team-mate and rival at Estoril, taking victory in the bwin Grande Premio de Portugal.

Lorenzo’s win was his third-consecutive at the Estoril circuit, finishing ahead of fellow Fiat Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi and Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso.

It was Lorenzo’s eighth win of his title-winning season.

Due to wet weather, qualifying was cancelled, meaning that the first dry running that the teams had done all weekend was on the sighting lap before the race.

This caught out American Ben Spies, who crashed heavily and was out before the bikes had even gridded up. He dislocated his ankle in the incident.

Lorenzo started from pole and led the opening laps before Rossi pulled off a cheeky move at the left-hand hairpin. Rossi put a small margin on Lorenzo until the Spaniard started to reel him in, eventually taking the lead on lap 17 of 28.

Rossi’s second place had put him within striking distance of taking second in the world title. He now sits 19 points behind Honda’s Dani Pedrosa.

Australian Casey Stoner looked like the only man who was going to threaten the run-away Yamahas, but he fell off his bike early. The crash has ruled him out of finishing second in this year’s title.

Third place went to Dovizioso, who was engaged in a thrilling battle to the finish with San Carlo Honda Gresini rider Marco Simoncelli. Dovizioso took the podium spot by just 0.059s.

Ducati Team rider Nicky Hayden was also in the hunt for the podium, finishing just over half a second off the podium.

Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) and Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Pedrosa (Repsol Honda), Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini) and Héctor Barberá (Páginas Amarillas Aspar) rounded out the top 10.

MotoGP Results; Estoril

Pos # Rider Nation Team Bike Time/Gap
1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 46’17.962
2 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha +8.629
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda +26.475
4 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda +26.534
5 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati +27.154
6 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda +28.297
7 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +30.109
8 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +44.947
9 33 Marco MELANDRI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda +1’13.649
10 40 Hector BARBERA SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati +1’17.721
11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki +1’17.908
12 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda +1’33.025
13 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki +1’39.752
71 Carlos CHECA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 15 Laps
27 Casey STONER AUS Ducati Team Ducati 24 Laps
41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 0 Lap
11 Ben SPIES USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0 Lap

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