LORENZO EXTENDS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD IN BRNO
Spain's Jorge Lorenzo has continued his phenomenal 2010 form with the Fiat Yamaha rider recording his seventh victory of the season at the weekend's Czech Grand Prix.
Lorenzo took the lead from pole sitter Dani Pedrosa in the first lap to claim another 25 points and maintain his record of having finished inside the top two in every race of the 2010 season so far.
After a wet morning warm-up session the sun shone down Brno circuit and every rider raced on the harder option front and softer option rear Bridgestone slick tyres but Honda rider Pedrosa was unable to stick with Lorenzo as he constantly lapped faster times, with the fellow Spaniard eventually finishing in second place, 5.494 seconds back.
Australia's Casey Stoner took the final spot on the podium, with the 2007 world champion saying after the race that he hadn't fancied his chances of winning as the Ducati team had employed a new set-up for his bike on the morning of the race.
There were two early fallers as Loris Capirossi and Andrea Dovizioso went down inside the opening three laps, with Honda rider Dovizioso managing to avoid collisions with a number of oncoming bikes while stranded in the middle of the track. Dovizioso rejoined the race but was forced to retire shortly after with a handlebar issue.
"I'd like to congratulate Jorge and the Fiat Yamaha Team for their victory here in Brno. They are having a remarkable season and are proving to be very strong at every race," said Hiroshi Yamada, Manager of the Bridgestone Motorsport Department.
"Conditions this weekend have been very difficult for the teams, but with every rider on the same tyres it really put the emphasis on the combination of rider and machine."
Lorenzo now has a 77 point Championship lead over Pedrosa, with Australian Casey Stone another 39 points back in third.
World Championship standings:
|1. ||Jorge Lorenzo ||Yamaha ||235 points |
|2. ||Dani Pedrosa ||Honda ||158 points |
|3. ||Casey Stoner ||Ducati ||119 points |