Lorenzo Wins at Mugello
Jorge Lorenzo continued his love affair with the Mugello circuit on the weekend, leading from the first lap to take out his third successive victory at the famous Italian track.
The Yamaha rider overtook pole sitter Dani Pedrosa on the second corner of the race and held off all challengers to be more than five seconds clear at the chequered flag.
“I knew it was going to be a really hard race today because the weather became much hotter than in the morning,” Lorenzo said.
“I kept trying every lap and I knew Dani was following me but after thirteen laps I pushed a little more and it seems Dani gave up at that point which made the end of the race a little easier for me.”
With similar conditions for both qualifying and the race, all riders selected the softer rear Bridgestone slick tyre and all but one rider chose the harder front.
“We had no overnight rain so track conditions were the best they had been all weekend and this resulted in a very fast pace at the beginning of the race,” said Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department.
“I’m pleased with how our tyres performed this weekend as even though all our rear slicks this year at Mugello were in our heat-resistant special construction, we still saw new lap records in qualifying and the race.”
Lorenzo’s second victory of the season sees him close to within twelve points of Pedrosa in the MotoGP championship standings, while Marc Marquez’s first non-finish of the year has dropped him 28 points behind his teammate and third in the standings.
The teams and riders now head to the Catalunya circuit in Spain for the sixth round of the championship in two weeks.
1. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 103 points
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 91
3. Marc Marquez (Honda) 77
4. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) 71