Lorenzo takes dominant Brno win

    With the pair and fellow championship contender Marc Marquez sharing the front row, Lorenzo controlled the race from start to finish.

    Published On Aug 17, 2015 12:19:00 PM

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    Lorenzo takes dominant Brno win

    Jorge Lorenzo capped a dominant weekend at Brno with victory in the Czech MotoGP, drawing level with Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi in the riders' championship.

    With the pair and fellow championship contender Marc Marquez sharing the front row, hopes of a memorable battle didn't eventuate, with Lorenzo controlling the race from start to finish.

    The polesitter got the best start and shook off early pressure from Marquez, edging further and further away from the Honda rider during the 22 laps to eventually win by more than four seconds.

    With his fifth victory of the season, Lorenzo draws level with Rossi atop the standings, with reigning world champion Marquez 52 points behind them.

    Rossi's chances were dashed off the line, dropping from third to fifth following a slow start.

    By the time he was back in the top three, after passing Andrea Dovizioso on the second lap, Lorenzo and Marquez were more than two seconds up the road.

    That grew to nearly eight seconds by the midway point of the race, and while the Italian ran at a similar pace to Marquez, he had settle for a lonely third.

    Dovizioso led the Ducati battle early, but was passed by team-mate Andrea Iannone who took fourth.

    In the closing laps, Dovizioso had to defend fifth heavily from Dani Pedrosa, who advanced from ninth on the grid, battling the left ankle injury he sustained in a practice crash on Friday.

    In one of the race's few on-track fights, Pedrosa eventually got past the Ducati rider at Turn 8 on the final lap to take fifth.

    Bradley Smith leapt into third place off the line, but faded to finish seventh, ahead of Tech 3 team-mate Pol Espargaro, Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro and Pramac Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci.

    Maverick Vinales and Cal Crutchlow ran ninth and 10th for the bulk of the race, but both fell at Turn 11 in separate incidents.

    RESULTS - 22 LAPS:

    PosRiderTeamBikeGap
    1Jorge LorenzoYamahaYamaha42m53.042s
    2Marc MarquezHondaHonda4.462s
    3Valentino RossiYamahaYamaha10.397s
    4Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati13.071s
    5Daniel PedrosaHondaHonda15.650s
    6Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati15.725s
    7Bradley SmithTech 3Yamaha21.821s
    8Pol EspargaroTech 3Yamaha23.240s
    9Aleix EspargaroSuzukiSuzuki43.784s
    10Danilo PetrucciPramac RacingDucati45.261s
    11Yonny HernandezPramac RacingDucati49.973s
    12Scott ReddingMarc VDSHonda50.174s
    13Alvaro BautistaAprilia GresiniAprilia54.437s
    14Stefan BradlAprilia GresiniAprilia54.624s
    15Loris BazForward RacingYamaha Forward1m00.316s
    16Hector BarberaAvintia RacingDucati1m01.595s
    17Nicky HaydenAsparHonda1m02.388s
    18Mike Di MeglioAvintia RacingDucati1m05.944s
    19Jack MillerLCRHonda1m11.407s
    20Claudio CortiForward RacingYamaha Forward1m50.033s
    21Karel AbrahamAB MotoracingHonda2m02.655s
    -Maverick VinalesSuzukiSuzukiRetirement
    -Cal CrutchlowLCRHondaRetirement
    -Eugene LavertyAsparHondaRetirement
    -Alex de AngelisIodaRacing ProjectART/ApriliaRetirement

    CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

    PosRiderPoints
    1Jorge Lorenzo211
    2Valentino Rossi211
    3Marc Marquez159
    4Andrea Iannone142
    5Bradley Smith106
    6Andrea Dovizioso104
    7Daniel Pedrosa91
    8Pol Espargaro81
    9Cal Crutchlow74
    10Danilo Petrucci63
    11Maverick Vinales62
    12Aleix Espargaro53
    13Yonny Hernandez41
    14Scott Redding37
    15Hector Barbera20
    16Alvaro Bautista16
    17Loris Baz15
    18Jack Miller12
    19Stefan Bradl11
    20Michele Pirro8
    21Nicky Hayden8
    22Eugene Laverty7
    23Hiroshi Aoyama5
    24Mike Di Meglio2
    25Alex de Angelis1

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