Lorenzo takes Misano MotoGP victory

Lorenzo takes Misano MotoGP victory

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Lorenzo takes Misano MotoGP victory

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Jorge Lorenzo claimed a second consecutive MotoGP victory to close the gap on championship leader Marc Marquez.

The Spaniard came home second after prevailing in a tense fight with Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, while Valentino Rossi picked up a fourth consecutive fourth-place finish.

The tone of the race was set at the start, as Lorenzo once again put the hammer down and escaped out front, building a lead of more than two seconds over the opening two laps.

Poleman Marquez went the other way, losing out to Pedrosa away from the line and then also dropping behind Rossi when he ran too deep into Turn 8 early on.

For a while the top four stayed in that order, Pedrosa checking Lorenzo at 2.5sec, before Marquez initiated a charge at the halfway mark. He first passed Rossi with a typically bold move at Turn 10 before racing away from the Italian and onto the back of Pedrosa, whom he picked off at Turn 2.

Pedrosa though was able to stick with Marquez and with six laps to go launched his own attack, repassing him at Turn 10. His advantage lasted all of four turns before Marquez surged back ahead with a block pass, and this time he was able to break Pedrosa and settle the fight in his favor.

Lorenzo though was untouchable, and as the Hondas battled his relentless pace earned him a dominant margin out front. He was able to celebrate victory on his final lap.

Rossi eventually finished a lonely fourth, in stark contrast to a fight for fifth which raged for the entire race.

There was nothing to choose between satellite riders Cal Crutchlow and Stefan Bradl throughout, with the Briton leading the German from the first lap to the start of the last. Bradl found a way through on that final tour however to steal fifth by just two tenths of a second.

Alvaro Bautista had a quiet ride to seventh, while Andrea Dovizioso finally defeated Ducati stable-mate Nicky Hayden in the scrap for eighth.

Marquez now leads Lorenzo by 34 points with fives races to run, with Pedrosa a further five points back in third.

Results - 28 laps:Pos Rider             Bike                    Time/Gap 1. Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                 44m05.522s 2. Marc Marquez      Honda                   +3.379s 3. Dani Pedrosa      Honda                   +7.368s 4. Valentino Rossi   Yamaha                  +15.062s 5. Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda               +22.355s 6. Cal Crutchlow     Tech 3 Yamaha           +22.599s 7. Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda           +31.059s 8. Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati                  +42.702s 9. Nicky Hayden      Ducati                  +44.858s10. Michele Pirro     Pramac Ducati           +47.818s11. Bradley Smith     Tech 3 Yamaha           +48.011s12. Colin Edwards     Forward FTR-Kawasaki    +1m03.154s13. Aleix Espargaro   Aspar Aprilia           +1m07.600s14. Hiroshi Aoyama    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki    +1m15.528s15. Danilo Petrucci   Ioda-Suter-BMW          +1m17.907s16. Claudio Corti     Forward FTR-Kawasaki    +1m29.655s17. Randy de Puniet   Aspar Aprilia           +1m33.990s18. Michael Laverty   PBM-Aprilia             +1m36.860sRetirements:   Bryan Staring     Gresini FTR-Honda        4 laps   Hector Barbera    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki     7 laps   Yonny Hernandez   PBM Aprilia              19 laps   Karel Abraham     Cardion Aprilia          21 laps   Andrea Iannone    Pramac Ducati            25 laps   Lukas Pesek       Ioda-Suter-BMW           25 laps

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