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Lorenzo takes chequered flag at Leguna Seca

Jorge Lorenzo took a brilliant sixth victory of the season at Laguna Seca today, romping home to win by over three seconds from Casey Stoner, while his team-mate, Valentino Rossi made a triumphant return to the podium just seven weeks after breaking his right leg.

Starting from pole for the fifth time in a row, Lorenzo lost ground to his rivals at the fearsome downhill turn one and was relegated to third first time around. For the first few laps there was little he could do except hang on behind Pedrosa and Stoner but on the sixth lap Stoner ran wide and Lorenzo stormed through to take second.

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By now Pedrosa was nearly a second clear but Lorenzo’s pace had begun to improve and he started to push as hard as he could and exert some pressure on his fellow Spaniard. On lap twelve, with the gap now narrowed to half a second, Pedrosa crashed out and left Lorenzo in the lead and from then on it was plain sailing for the 23-year-old as he expertly controlled his advantage over Stoner to bring it home and take his second win on US soil. Today’s victory was his 11th in MotoGP, his 32nd in all classes and his 10th successive podium.

Rossi had suffered all weekend with pain in both his leg and his shoulder and today looked like it was going to be a tough day for the reigning champion, unable as he was to make any further headway after passing Nicky Hayden for fifth position. Once Pedrosa had crashed out however and with Ben Spies exerting pressure on him from behind Rossi’s fighting instinct kicked in as he spied a podium possibility, gradually closing down a two second gap to Dovizioso to come within striking distance with six laps remaining. On the 27th lap he made his move and passed his countryman, managing to hold him off over the last couple of laps to make a popular return to the podium.

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With exactly half of the season gone Lorenzo heads the championship with an impressive 72-point lead over Pedrosa, whilst Rossi is 120 points adrift of his team-mate in fifth position. Both riders will enjoy a two and a half week holiday now and the Italian will be more glad than anyone for the time off, during which he will be working on his fitness in an effort to be back to his best next time out in Brno.

2010 MotoGP Leguna Seca Results
1.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team45’54.873
2.Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team+ 3.517
3.Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team+ 13.420
4.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team+ 14.188
5.Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team+ 14.601
6.Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3+ 19.037
7.Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3+ 40.721
8.Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini+ 47.219
9.Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team+ 52.813
10.Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP+ 52.814
11.Roger Lee Hayden (USA) LCR Honda MotoGP+ 1’14.089
12.Alex de Angelis (ITA) Interwetten Honda MotoGP+ 1’14.666
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Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team4 Lap
Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini14 Lap
Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team21 Lap
Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team29 Lap
Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP30 Lap

2010 MotoGP Championship Standings
1.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team210
2.Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team138
3.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team115
4.Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team103
5.Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team90
6.Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team89
7.Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 377
8.Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP69
9.Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini53
10.Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini49
11.Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 348
12.Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team41
13.Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP36
14.Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team31
15.Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team28
16.Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP25
17.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP18
18.Alex de Angelis (ITA) Interwetten Honda MotoGP8
19.Kousuke Akiyoshi (JPN) Interwetten Honda MotoGP4
20.Wataru Yoshikawa (JPN) Fiat Yamaha Team1

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