LORENZO MAKES IT THREE IN A ROW
Jorge Lorenzo has continued his recent dominance of the MotoGP World Championship with his third win in succession at the Catalunya Grand Prix in Barcelona.
Starting his Yamaha from pole position with Bridgestone's harder front and softer rear tyres, the Spaniard mastered the hot and slippery track conditions to take the win by almost five seconds from compatriot Dani Pedrosa and Australia's Casey Stoner.
With teammate and defending champion Valentino Rossi out of action because of a broken leg he suffered in practice before the Italian Grand Prix, Lorenzo has been the dominant force this season winning five of the seven races.
"I didn't know which rear tyre to use for the race, but we didn't want to take any risks so we chose the softer tyre that it looked like everyone would use," Lorenzo said.
"It was a difficult race but for this finish I am so happy. It's been an almost perfect start to the season and to win five races in seven is better than all my dreams."
The race was a real test for the Bridgestone rubber, with almost every rider opting for the harder front slick tyre because of the high track temperature.
The heavy braking points and the 55 degree track temperature tested the durability of the front tyres as the riders pushed hard in their respective battles.
"Last year we brought the same tyre specifications to Catalunya and every rider chose the harder options," said Tohru Ubukata, Manager of Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department.
"This year, however, even with a higher track temperature the softer option rear worked best in the race so I am very pleased with this and it shows how much the teams have improved their bike packages on our single supply tyres."
Lorenzo now has 165 points in the championship race, a 52-point lead over Pedrosa. Italian Andrea Dovizioso, who could only finish 14th after coming off his bike while pursuing Lorenzo, is third with 91 points.