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Lorenzo scores hat trick at Catalunya GP

Jorge Lorenzo took an emphatic home win in front of a passionate crowd in Catalunya GP, his fifth victory of the season and third in a row. This means that Yamaha now has more wins than any other manufacturer in the four-stroke MotoGP era, with 57.

Starting from pole, also for the third consecutive race, Lorenzo lost ground to Dani Pedrosa into turn one but his fellow Spaniard then ran wide, leaving the Fiat Yamaha man in the lead. The next few laps saw Lorenzo at the head of a tight trio, as Andrea Dovizioso and Casey Stoner pushed hard to stay with him.

Early on lap four the Italian Dovizioso briefly got his nose in front but Lorenzo soon got back by him to lead once again the next time around. On lap six the trio became a twosome when Stoner ran off track, but it looked like Lorenzo might have a battle on his hands as Dovizioso showed no signs of letting him get away.

With ten laps to go however Dovizioso crashed out, leaving Lorenzo nearly six seconds clear of Pedrosa in second. From then on it was just a case of keeping his head as the tyres started to slide more and more in the extreme heat, but the 23-year-old is a cool customer these days and he eventually flew over the line 4.754 seconds ahead of Pedrosa, with Stoner third.

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Lorenzo now has an impressive 52-point lead in the standings ahead of Pedrosa, whilst Rossi drops to seventh after missing four races. Following three punishing weeks on the road, the MotoGP paddock now has a ten-day rest before it reconvenes at the Sachsenring in Germany for round eight.

Speaking to the media after his fantastic win at Catalunya GP, Lorenzo said, “This is very special. After losing so closely last year I was happy but not completely so and today I can say I am completely happy, winning here at my home race. It was very difficult today because it was so hot and the front tyre was sliding a lot. I thought I was going to have a big battle with Dovizioso because he was pushing very hard but then he crashed and I was alone; it was lucky for me because then I was able to take it more gently to the finish. I think I rode a clever race today. I am so grateful to my team and to everyone at Yamaha and Bridgestone because they are working so hard to make our bike competitive at every track. I also want to say thank you to all the fans that came to watch today, it is a great feeling for me to win here in front of them all.”

2010 Catalunya MotoGP Results
1.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team43’22.805
2.Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team+ 4.754
3.Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team+ 4.956
4.Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP+ 18.057
5.Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP+ 21.361
6.Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3+ 21.503
7.Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP+ 24.181
8.Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team+ 27.941
9.Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini+ 28.046
10.Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team+ 32.439
11.Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3+ 38.406
12.Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team+ 58.257
13.Kousuke Akiyoshi (JPN) Interwetten Honda MotoGP+ 1’09.348
14.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team+ 1’32.402
15.Wataru Yoshikawa (JPN) Fiat Yamaha Team+ 1’35.237
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Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini12 Lap
Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team20 Lap
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Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team
Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP

2010 MotoGP Championship Standings

1.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team165
2.Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team113
3.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team91
4.Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team69
5.Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP69
6.Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team67
7.Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team61
8.Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 359
9.Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini39
10.Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 339
11.Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini39
12.Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team34
13.Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team28
14.Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP25
15.Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP25
16.Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team24
17.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP18
18.Kousuke Akiyoshi (JPN) Interwetten Honda MotoGP4
19.Wataru Yoshikawa (JPN) Fiat Yamaha Team1

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