LORENZO WINS AT SAN MARINO
Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo claimed victory at the San Marino MotoGP on the weekend – a win that puts him 35 points shy of championship leader Casey Stoner and leaves the fight for the championship title wide open with five races to go.
Lorenzo dominated the race, passing pole-sitter Stoner on the opening lap before going on to set a new lap record. Spain’s Dani Pedrosa finished second – just ahead of his teammate Stoner, who he chased down and passed on lap 23.
“This is a big result for me and for Yamaha and it is great to be back and win again. This is very important,” Lorenzo said.
“The team have done a great job and all the weekend we have been so quick. I had a great bike and a great feeling in the corners. I really wanted to be first in the first lap to try and open a gap but I was really worried about the situation of the weather so I prayed for it to not rain.”
While the race was declared dry, and every rider started on Bridgestone’s harder front and softer rear slicks, the threat of rain saw the white flag raised. However, after just a few drops, the white flag was withdrawn and the race was run on slicks, meaning there still hasn’t been a flag-to-flag race this season.
"Conditions at the start of the race had a lot of people looking to the skies as the rain drops started to fall, and although it held off, it made the opening laps tricky to judge how much the grip level had been affected,” said said Hirohide Hamashima from Bridgestone’s Motorsport Tyre Development Division.
“By lap four though Jorge, Casey and Dani were all under the existing lap record. Every rider chose the hard front and softer option rear slicks and I am satisfied with performance and consistency - Jorge set the new lap record on lap 12, he was lapping in the mid 1m 34s until the end and his total race time was 11 seconds faster than the previous best."
Riders will now head to Spain for the Gran Premio de Aragón.