Jorge Lorenzo backs up with Barcelona win

Daniel Herrero

Monday 18th June, 2018 - 1:36am

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Jorge Lorenzo pic: MotoGP.com

Jorge Lorenzo has ridden to a thorough victory in the Catalan MotoGP just a fortnight after breaking his duck for Ducati.

The pole-sitter was better by Marc Marquez when the lights went out and dropped to third at the opening corners but breezed back into the lead at the beginning of Lap 2 and stayed there for the duration.

Marquez managed to move a full race clear in the championship despite having to settle for second, and Valentino Rossi finished on the podium for a third grand prix in succession.

At the start it was Marquez who moved ahead from the middle of the front row as a bold Andrea Iannone nabbed second from Lorenzo through Turn 1/Turn 2.

Iannone went for the lead at Turn 10 but was too deep on the Suzuki entry and dropped to third.

Lorenzo then used his Desmosedici’s superior grunt to get by Marquez on the run to Turn 1 on Lap 2.

Just behind, Andrea Dovizioso similarly blazed past Iannone to move into third, allowing Rossi to also get by at Turn 1.

Dovizioso kept with the top two until he ran Bike #04 wide at Turn 4 on Lap 4.

The Italian never quite recovered the time he lost before his race came to an end in losing the front of the factory Ducati at Turn 5 on Lap 9.

By then, Lorenzo was creeping away from Marquez and the lead was a full second for the first time on Lap 11.

He put another half a second on his future team-mate next time around and the #93 Repsol Honda ran a lonely second thereafter.

Such was Lorenzo’s consistency, he was only twice slower than a 1:40.5s lap from Lap 2 to Lap 21, before drifting slightly in the three which remained.

The Spaniard’s full 25-point haul in conjunction with Dovizioso’s third DNF in four races sees the two now tied on 66 championship points with the former ahead in seventh position by virtue of his two wins.

“Winning a second victory consecutively is amazing, no?” said Lorenzo.

“It’s amazing how things change in such a small time.”

Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) gained two positions at the start to sit fifth early on before picking off Iannone and inheriting the final podium position from Dovizioso.

He continues to run second to Marquez in the title race.

Cal Crutchlow gained six positions from his starting berth to claim fourth on his LCR Honda.

The Briton closed up to then-fifth-placed Dani Pedrosa on Lap 9 and they soon overtook Danilo Petrucci in quick succession.

Crutchlow, however, took until Lap 18 to pass the outgoing factory Honda rider thanks to a great run off Turn 3.

Pedrosa finished fifth, having leapt from 11th to sixth on the first lap alone.

Maverick Viñales did the opposite, plummeting from fourth to 10th with a poor start, and he could only drag his Movistar Yamaha back to sixth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Johann Zarco (Tech3 Yamaha), Petrucci (Pramac Ducati), Alvaro Bautista (Nieto Ducati), and Iannone.

There were only 14 finishers, of which Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) was not one after retiring with 15 laps completed.

Round 8 is the Dutch TT at Assen on June 29-July 1.

Race results: Catalan MotoGP

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time/Gap
1 99 Jorge LORENZO ESP Ducati Team Ducati 40:13.566
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda +4.479
3 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +6.098
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda +9.805
5 26 Dani PEDROSA ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda +10.640
6 25 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +10.798
7 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +13.432
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +15.055
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA ESP Angel Nieto Team Ducati +22.057
10 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +24.141
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +36.560
12 45 Scott REDDING GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +38.229
13 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati +1:21.526
14 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 3 Laps
DNF 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 4 Laps
DNF 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 6 Laps
DNF 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 7 Laps
DNF 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 11 Laps
DNF 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 11 Laps
DNF 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 13 Laps
DNF 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 16 Laps
DNF 10 Xavier SIMEON BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 17 Laps
DNF 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 20 Laps
DNF 12 Thomas LUTHI SUI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 21 Laps
DNF 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 22 Laps
DNF 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM

Championship points

Pos Rider Nat Pts
1 Marc MARQUEZ ESP 115
2 Valentino ROSSI ITA 88
3 Maverick VIÑALES ESP 77
4 Johann ZARCO FRA 73
5 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA 71
6 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR 69
7 Jorge LORENZO ESP 66
8 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA 66
9 Andrea IANNONE ITA 66
10 Jack MILLER AUS 49
11 Dani PEDROSA ESP 40
12 Alex RINS ESP 33
13 Pol ESPARGARO ESP 28
14 Tito RABAT ESP 27
15 Alvaro BAUTISTA ESP 26
16 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA 19
17 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL 17
18 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP 13
19 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN 10
20 Scott REDDING GBR 9
21 Bradley SMITH GBR 7
22 Mika KALLIO FIN 6
23 Karel ABRAHAM CZE 4
24 Thomas LUTHI SUI 0
25 Xavier SIMEON BEL 0
26 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA 0

 

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