LORENZO'S PORTUGUESE HAT-TRICK
Jorge Lorenzo showed why he's the 2010 MotoGP World Champion by winning the Portuguese Grand Prix for the third year in succession.
Australia's Casey Stoner made a lightning start but the Ducati rider only lasted five laps before crashing out.
That left the two Fiat Yamahas of Lorenzo and teammate Valentino Rossi to battle it out for the win with the Spaniard passing the seven-time champion with 12 laps to go to take the victory.
The race was won in perfect conditions, in contrast to practice and qualifying when torrential rains and high winds meant Bridgestone's wet weather tyres were the only viable option.
"It was very tough for everyone and a very complicated race as we didn't practice in the dry. We started without any feeling on the slicks but we used the same setting from last year here," Lorenzo said.
"I saw from the warm-up lap that there were patches of water in some corners so I was very careful not to make any mistakes. Valentino had good pace and was going, but I was patient and could improve my lap times little by little and he was a little slower so I could catch him and pull away."
All riders chose Bridgestone's softer rear slick tyre but as there had been no dry running over the weekend, most teams had to guess at their set-ups for their bikes.
"This was a very difficult race for everyone. The circuit was very slippery at the start because there had been no dry running all weekend," said Tohru Ubukata, Manager of Bridgestone's Motorcycle Tyre Development Department.
"Track conditions were very bad and the teams had no time to set their bikes up in the dry, both of which mean a very hard situation for tyres, but still our slick tyres worked well from start to finish so I am very happy. I am also satisfied with our compound choice because we had no problems with warm-up even in these damp conditions."
The final race of the 2010 season will be a celebration for Lorenzo, with Round 18 to be held in front of the world champion's home crowd in Valencia on November 7th.
|1. ||Jorge Lorenzo (Sp) ||Yamaha ||358 points |
|2. ||Dani Pedrosa (Sp) ||Honda ||236 |
|3. ||Valentino Rossi (It) ||Yamaha ||217 |
|4. ||Casey Stoner (Aus) ||Ducati ||205 |