MotoGP: Lorenzo dominates at Mugello, Marquez crashes

    The Yamaha rider took the lead away from Andrea Dovizioso on the first lap, as poleman Andrea Iannone was relegated to third.

    Published On Jun 01, 2015 11:11:00 AM

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    MotoGP: Lorenzo dominates at Mugello, Marquez crashes

    Jorge Lorenzo scored his third consecutive MotoGP victory with a dominant performance at Mugello.

    The Yamaha rider took the lead away from Andrea Dovizioso on the first lap, as poleman Andrea Iannone was relegated to third.

    After the worst qualifying result of his career, Marc Marquez charged from 13th on the grid to fourth by the end of the opening tour, before making quick work of the Ducatis at San Donato on successive laps.

    Lorenzo then had Marquez on his tail but was able to pull away from his fellow Spaniard and went on to win by 5.5 seconds, although his advantage had been more than 8s at one stage.

    Marquez battled with the two Ducatis for most of the race, and was fighting to reclaim second from Iannone when he crashed out with five laps to go.

    Iannone held on to second place to score the best result of his MotoGP career, but any hopes of a double podium for Ducati at home were lost when Dovizioso pitted with a bike issue after slipping down the order.

    Valentino Rossi instead claimed a popular podium finish in third, fighting back after a lacklustre start had left him 10th at the end of lap one. He stays in the championship lead, six points ahead of Lorenzo.

    Dani Pedrosa was fourth while Bradley Smith took fifth after fellow Briton Cal Crutchlow suffered a second big crash of the day in the closing stages. The LCR Honda rider had earlier hurt himself in a shunt during warm-up.

    Pol Espargaro followed his Tech 3 Yamaha team-mate Smith across the line in sixth ahead of Suzuki's Maverick Vinales and third Ducati rider Michele Pirro.

    Danilo Petrucci survived an early clash that caused Aleix Espargaro to crash out to finish ninth in front of Pramac team-mate Yonny Hernandez.

    RESULTS - 23 LAPS:

    PosRiderTeamBikeGap
    1Jorge LorenzoYamahaYamaha41m39.173s
    2Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati5.563s
    3Valentino RossiYamahaYamaha6.661s
    4Daniel PedrosaHondaHonda9.978s
    5Bradley SmithTech 3Yamaha15.284s
    6Pol EspargaroTech 3Yamaha15.665s
    7Maverick VinalesSuzukiSuzuki23.805s
    8Michele PirroDucatiDucati29.152s
    9Danilo PetrucciPramac RacingDucati32.008s
    10Yonny HernandezPramac RacingDucati34.571s
    11Scott ReddingMarc VDSHonda38.553s
    12Loris BazForward RacingYamaha Forward42.158s
    13Hector BarberaAvintia RacingDucati44.801s
    14Alvaro BautistaAprilia GresiniAprilia50.435s
    15Eugene LavertyAsparHonda53.060s
    16Mike Di MeglioAvintia RacingDucati1m15.265s
    17Karel AbrahamAB MotoracingHonda1m15.381s
    18Marco MelandriAprilia GresiniAprilia1m41.840s
    -Cal CrutchlowLCRHondaRetirement
    -Marc MarquezHondaHondaRetirement
    -Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucatiRetirement
    -Stefan BradlForward RacingYamaha ForwardRetirement
    -Nicky HaydenAsparHondaRetirement
    -Aleix EspargaroSuzukiSuzukiRetirement
    -Jack MillerLCRHondaRetirement
    -Alex de AngelisIodaRacing ProjectART/ApriliaRetirement

    RIDERS' STANDINGS:

    PosRiderPoints
    1Valentino Rossi118
    2Jorge Lorenzo112
    3Andrea Dovizioso83
    4Andrea Iannone81
    5Marc Marquez69
    6Bradley Smith57
    7Cal Crutchlow47
    8Pol Espargaro45
    9Maverick Vinales36
    10Danilo Petrucci32
    11Aleix Espargaro31
    12Yonny Hernandez26
    13Daniel Pedrosa23
    14Scott Redding18
    15Hector Barbera16
    16Loris Baz10
    17Michele Pirro8
    18Nicky Hayden8
    19Jack Miller6
    20Hiroshi Aoyama5
    21Alvaro Bautista5
    22Eugene Laverty3
    23Stefan Bradl1

     

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