Lorenzo scores commanding Mugello win
Jorge Lorenzo continued his winning streak with a commanding ride to victory in the Italian Grand Prix which saw Marc Marquez’s title defence suffer another setback.
The factory Yamaha rider assumed the lead in the early stages at Mugello which he refused to relinquish as he secured his third consecutive win.
The victory moved the former double world champion to within six points of championship leader Valentino Rossi.
Once in the lead, Lorenzo calmly stretched his lead over the chasing pack while a titanic scrap for the remaining podium positions developed.
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso held second spot while Marquez surged up to third having started from a lowly 13th on the grid.
Polesitter Andrea Iannone moved into second once team-mate Dovizioso began to fade with Marquez snapping at his heels as the race ticked towards the final third.
Dovizioso was eventually forced into a premature retirement.
The podium fight took a dramatic twist with six laps remaining when Marquez crashed out of the race.
This gave Iannone the advantage but he was unable to relax due to a hard charging Rossi, buoyed by a huge home crowd.
In the end, Iannone held on to finish second with Rossi third and Honda’s Dani Pedrosa fourth, which is his best result since his return to the premier class following his injury layoff.
Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith came home in fifth with team-mate Pol Espargaro in sixth.
Suzuki’s Maverick Vinales, Michele Pirro, Danilo Petrucci and Yonny Hernandez completed the top 10.
Cal Crutchlow crashed heavily, while occupying fifth, in the closing laps in what proved to be a disappointing day for the LCR Honda squad, which was compounded by a retirement from Australia’s Jack Miller.
Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro also suffered a crash early on but luckily he escaped without causing further damage to his injured thumb.
Result: MotoGP Italian Grand Prix, Mugello
|5||Bradley Smith||Tech 3 Yamaha||+15.284s|
|6||Pol Espargaro||Tech 3 Yamaha||+15.665s|
|9||Danilo Petrucci||Pramac Racing Ducati||+32.008s|
|10||Yonny Hernandez||Pramac Racing Ducati||+34.571s|
|11||Scott Redding||Marc VDS Honda||+38.553s|
|12||Loris Baz||Forward Racing Yamaha||+42.158s|
|13||Hector Barbera||Avintia Racing Ducati||+44.801s|
|14||Alvaro Bautista||Aprilia Gresini||+50.435s|
|15||Eugene Laverty||Aspar Honda||+53.060s|
|16||Mike Di Meglio||Avintia Racing Ducati||+1:15.265s|
|17||Karel Abraham||AB Motoracing Honda||+1:15.381s|
|18||Marco Melandri||Aprilia Gresini||+1:41.840s|
|DNF||Cal Crutchlow||LCR Honda||Retirement|
|DNF||Stefan Bradl||Forward Racing Yamaha||Retirement|
|DNF||Nicky Hayden||Aspar Honda||Retirement|
|DNF||Jack Miller||LCR Honda||Retirement|
|DNF||Alex de Angelis||IodaRacing Project||Retirement|
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