Lorenzo’s Misano win reduces Stoner’s lead

Jorge Lorenzo on his way to victory at Misano

Jorge Lorenzo on his way to victory at Misano

Jorge Lorenzo has narrowed Casey Stoner’s MotoGP championship lead at the San Marino Grand Prix.

Lorenzo, riding his factory Yamaha, snatched the lead off Stoner at the start and drove into the distance, securing the win and ending Stoner’s three-race winning streak.

The win, Lorenzo’s third for the year, has dropped Stoner’s points lead from 44 to 35 points with five rounds to go.

Stoner eventually faded to third place, passed by team-mate Dani Pedrosa who took second.

The leading trio were well ahead of a titanic battle between Marco Simoncelli (Gresini Honda), Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) and Ben Spies. This threesome finished in that order, but it could have gone anyway on the final lap with the three racing hard for the minor places.

Rounding out the top 10 was Valentino Rossi (Ducati), Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki), Hector Barbera (Ducati) and Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha).

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 160.6 44’11.877
2 20 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 160.2 +7.299
3 16 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 159.9 +11.967
4 13 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 159.6 +17.353
5 11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 159.6 +17.390
6 10 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 159.5 +18.092
7 9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 159.2 +23.703
8 8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 158.8 +30.678
9 7 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 158.4 +37.502
10 6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 158.4 +37.720
11 5 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 158.3 +39.548
12 4 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 158.2 +40.506
13 3 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 157.5 +53.349
14 2 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 156.9 +1’02.366
15 1 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 155.9 +1’20.156
Not Classified
65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 132.0 20 Laps
69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 151.4 26 Laps

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