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Relentless Lorenzo wins at Mugello

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Relentless Lorenzo wins at Mugello

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo continued his affinity with the Mugello circuit, leading from the first lap to claim his third successive victory at the iconic Italian venue.

 

Lorenzo passed pole-sitter Dani Pedrosa on the second corner of the race, and after being hounded by both Repsol Honda riders early in the race, picked up the pace on the thirteenth lap to gap his rivals and take the chequered flag by 5.4 seconds. Pedrosa inherited second place late in the race after his teammate Marc Marquez – who set a new race lap record of 1'47.639 – crashed out with three laps remaining. Finishing on the podium for the second race in a row was Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow who crossed the finish line in third place. Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro continued his peerless record this season of being the top CRT finisher, coming home in eighth position.

 

Weather conditions for today’s race were a carbon-copy of what was experienced yesterday for qualifying, with and a peak track temperature of 44°C recorded during the twenty-three lap contest. Grip levels were slightly improved from yesterday as there was no rain overnight, ensuring the rubber deposited on the track in yesterday’s sessions remained. With such similar conditions between qualifying and the race, the same tyre combination used in qualifying was again represented in the race tyre choice, with all riders selecting the softer rear slick option available to them, and all but one rider selecting the harder front slick option.  

 

Lorenzo’s second victory of the season sees him close to within twelve points of Pedrosa in the MotoGP World Championship standings, while Marquez’s first DNF of the year sees him twenty-eight points adrift of his teammate and third in the standings.

 

Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department

“Congratulations to Jorge and Yamaha on continuing their dominance at Mugello with another victory here today. I am pleased that the crowd numbers at Mugello were up this year as it is one of the highlights of the MotoGP season, though it was a shame for the fans to have Valentino exit the race so early as I am sure he would have put in a strong performance today. Looking back over the weekend, I believe our decision to make all rear slicks for Mugello this year in our heat-resistant construction was correct, as these worked very well for both the works and CRT riders.”

 

Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“Conditions for the race were the same as yesterday afternoon and so all the riders selected the same tyre combination that they used yesterday during FP4 and qualifying. We had no overnight rain so track conditions were the best they had been all weekend and this resulted in a very fast pace at the beginning of the race, with Marc setting a new race lap record on the second lap. I’m pleased with how our tyres performed this weekend as even though all our rear slicks this year at Mugello were in our heat-resistant special construction, we still saw new lap records in qualifying and the race.”

 

Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing – Race Winner

“I knew it was going to be a really hard race today because the weather this afternoon became much hotter than this morning. I kept trying every lap and I knew Dani was following me but after thirteen laps I pushed a little more and it seems Dani gave up at that point which made the end of the race a little easier for me.”

 

Italian MotoGP Top Ten Race Classification

 

Pos

Rider

Team

Race Time

Gap

Front spec

Rear spec

Tyres

1

Jorge LORENZO

Yamaha Factory Racing

41'39.733

 

Medium

Medium

Bridgestone

2

Dani PEDROSA

Repsol Honda Team

41'45.133

5.400

Medium

Medium

Bridgestone

3

Cal CRUTCHLOW

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

41'46.145

6.412

Medium

Medium

Bridgestone

4

Stefan BRADL

LCR Honda MotoGP

41'59.054

19.321

Medium

Medium

Bridgestone

5

Andrea DOVIZIOSO

Ducati Team

41'59.273

19.540

Medium

Medium

Bridgestone

6

Nicky HAYDEN

Ducati Team

42'06.054

26.321

Medium

Medium

Bridgestone

7

Michele PIRRO

Ducati Test Team

42'17.877

38.144

Medium

Medium

Bridgestone

8

Aleix ESPARGARO

Power Electronics Aspar

42'19.535

39.802

Medium

Soft

Bridgestone

9

Bradley SMITH

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

42'19.976

40.243

Medium

Medium

Bridgestone

10

Hector BARBERA

Avintia Blusens

42'28.125

48.392

Medium

Soft

Bridgestone

 

 

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