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MotoGP Results

Jorge Lorenzo became the first Yamaha rider to win three successive premier class races from pole position since Eddie Lawson back in 1986, when he took his fifth victory of his 2010 campaign at today’s Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya.

The Mallorcan is now 52 points clear at the top of the championship standings as a result of his phenomenal run of form and his second win on home soil this season.

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Dani Pedrosa made one of his trademark rapid starts from the second row to lead into Turn 1, but he then ran wide coming out and had dropped down to ninth by the end of the first lap. It was an error Pedrosa managed to recover from in the early laps however, as he quickly fought his way back to third.

Aleix Espargaró had a run-off as he pushed hard to move up the order and Andrea Dovizioso started a fight for the lead with Lorenzo on lap three when he overtook to move into first, but it was a lead Lorenzo regained on the next lap as the battle lines were drawn.

Running in third place, Casey Stoner ran off track shortly after and dropped to fifth as Randy de Puniet and Pedrosa came through. Espargaró then suffered disappointment in his home race when he crashed out on lap six.

Lap 14 proved to be an eventful one as first Marco Simoncelli crashed out of sixth place, as he chased his best premier class finish to date. Then, in a decisive moment for the race, Dovizioso also went down as he pushed himself when chasing Lorenzo at the front, rejoining the race in 15th place shortly after.

With that, Lorenzo was clear by just over 5.5s with less than half the race to go, and Stoner and Pedrosa began duelling for second place with de Puniet further back in fourth. Lorenzo’s lead proved to be too much and he crossed the line 4.754s clear to take his fifth win of the season. Pedrosa won the scrap for second by just two-tenths of a second from Stoner, as the podium of the previous round at Assen was repeated.

Fourth place and his best result of the campaign so far went to de Puniet after yet another impressive ride on the satellite RC212V of the LCR Honda team. In fifth with a superb ride was rookie Álvaro Bautista, as he produced a magnificent effort on his Rizla Suzuki GSV-R.

Ben Spies continued his progress with sixth place on another new circuit, and Loris Capirossi, Nicky Hayden, Marco Melandri – on his return from a dislocated shoulder and fractured sternum – and Héctor Barberá all finished inside the top ten, with Dovizioso eventually finishing 14th.

Records

Pole 2010 Jorge LORENZO 1’42.046 166.8
Km/h
Fastest Lap Lap: 3 Andrea
DOVIZIOSO
1’43.154 165.0 Km/h
Circuit
Record Lap
2008 Dani PEDROSA 1’42.358 166.3
Km/h
Best Lap 2008 Casey STONER 1’41.186 168.2
Km/h

Lorenzo now has 165 points with Pedrosa on 113 in second. Dovizioso remains third on 91, with Hayden, de Puniet and Stoner all leapfrogging the absent Valentino Rossi to fill positions four to six.

MotoGP Results – Barcelona, Sunday, July 04, 2010

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat
Yamaha Team
Yamaha 163.5 43’22.805
2 20 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol
Honda Team
Honda 163.2 +4.754
3 16 27 Casey STONER AUS Ducati
Team
Ducati 163.1 +4.956
4 13 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR
Honda MotoGP
Honda 162.3 +18.057
5 11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla
Suzuki MotoGP
Suzuki 162.1 +21.361
6 10 11 Ben SPIES USA Monster
Yamaha Tech 3
Yamaha 162.1 +21.503
7 9 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla
Suzuki MotoGP
Suzuki 161.9 +24.181
8 8 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati
Team
Ducati 161.7 +27.941
9 7 33 Marco MELANDRI ITA San
Carlo Honda Gresini
Honda 161.7 +28.046
10 6 40 Hector BARBERA SPA Paginas
Amarillas Aspar
Ducati 161.4 +32.439
11 5 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster
Yamaha Tech 3
Yamaha 161.1 +38.406
12 4 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac
Racing Team
Ducati 159.9 +58.257
13 3 64 Kousuke AKIYOSHI JPN Interwetten
Honda MotoGP
Honda 159.2 +1’09.348
14 2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol
Honda Team
Honda 157.8 +1’32.402
15 1 8 Wataru YOSHIKAWA JPN Fiat
Yamaha Team
Yamaha 157.7 +1’35.237
Not Classified
58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San
Carlo Honda Gresini
Honda 162.6 12 Laps
41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Pramac
Racing Team
Ducati 160.7 20 Laps
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