MotoGP Catalunya Results: Three From Three

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.

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

Pole2010Jorge LORENZO1’42.046166.8

Km/h
Fastest LapLap: 3Andrea

DOVIZIOSO
1’43.154165.0 Km/h
Circuit

Record Lap
2008Dani PEDROSA1’42.358166.3

Km/h
Best Lap2008Casey STONER1’41.186168.2

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.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
12599Jorge LORENZOSPAFiat

Yamaha Team
Yamaha163.543’22.805
22026Dani PEDROSASPARepsol

Honda Team
Honda163.2+4.754
31627Casey STONERAUSDucati

Team
Ducati163.1+4.956
41314Randy DE PUNIETFRALCR

Honda MotoGP
Honda162.3+18.057
51119Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla

Suzuki MotoGP
Suzuki162.1+21.361
61011Ben SPIESUSAMonster

Yamaha Tech 3
Yamaha162.1+21.503
7965Loris CAPIROSSIITARizla

Suzuki MotoGP
Suzuki161.9+24.181
8869Nicky HAYDENUSADucati

Team
Ducati161.7+27.941
9733Marco MELANDRIITASan

Carlo Honda Gresini
Honda161.7+28.046
10640Hector BARBERASPAPaginas

Amarillas Aspar
Ducati161.4+32.439
1155Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster

Yamaha Tech 3
Yamaha161.1+38.406
12436Mika KALLIOFINPramac

Racing Team
Ducati159.9+58.257
13364Kousuke AKIYOSHIJPNInterwetten

Honda MotoGP
Honda159.2+1’09.348
1424Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol

Honda Team
Honda157.8+1’32.402
1518Wataru YOSHIKAWAJPNFiat

Yamaha Team
Yamaha157.7+1’35.237
Not Classified
58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan

Carlo Honda Gresini
Honda162.612 Laps
41Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPramac

Racing Team
Ducati160.720 Laps