LORENZO REIGNS IN SPAIN
Spain's Jorge Lorenzo has increased his lead in the 2012 MotoGP championship after winning the Spanish round at Catalunya in front of a passionate home crowd.
Rain began to fall early on Sunday which affected the morning warm-up session and though conditions for the race were dry, the relatively mild track temperatures resulted in lower grip levels.
Underlining the importance of optimum braking stability at Catalunya, all riders opted for the hard compound Bridgestone front slick tyre, and most opted for the softer asymmetric rear slick tyre.
Lorenzo came home clear of compatriot Dani Pedrosa on a Honda while Andrea Dovizioso, on a Yamaha, edged Australian world champion Casey Stoner for third.
"Today's conditions were very difficult to race in," Lorenzo said.
"At the beginning of the race I was third and it was important to keep a good pace without making any mistakes. Later in the race I waited for my opportunity and could see Dani was slowing down, so when he made a mistake I profited from it and then pushed to the maximum to take the win."
Lorenzo's third victory of the season increases his points lead over Stoner to 20 points, while Pedrosa's second place means he closes to within ten points of his teammate in the standings.
"The weather conditions for today were quite different from yesterday with track temperatures for the race around 15°C cooler than Friday and Saturday, though tyre durability was still an important factor for the race," said Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department.
"As I expected, the softer rear slick tyre was selected by most riders for the race, though both rear slick tyres performed well over the race distance and the new specification front tyre was once again preferred by most riders which is very positive news ahead of its full introduction at the next race at Silverstone. Overall, I am pleased that our tyres performed so well at this circuit and stood up to the tough conditions here at Catalunya."