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Lorenzo wins Dutch TT

Jorge Lorenzo extended his championship lead today with a win at 2010 Assen MotoGP, leaving his rivals trailing as he led from the front to win the 80th Dutch TT and take his fourth victory of the season. In doing so he becomes only the seventh rider in history to have won in three or more classes at the historic racetrack, with 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP wins to his name.

Meanwhile Tech 3 Yamaha rider Ben Spies ensured that there were still two Yamahas in the top four, despite the absence of Valentino Rossi, with another brilliant performance to back up his maiden podium last week.

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Lorenzo had looked the man to beat all weekend after topping both practice and qualifying and he got a great start from pole position and quickly pulled out a second’s gap, but by lap five Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner were looming large behind him and for a few laps it looked as if a tense three-way battle was in the offing. However Lorenzo’s choice of the harder Bridgestone tyre soon began to pay off and, with a lighter fuel load by mid-race distance, he was able to step things up a notch and gave himself an unassailable lead, crossing the line 2.935 seconds ahead of Pedrosa, with Stoner third and Spies fourth.

The Fiat Yamaha man’s second win on the bounce sees him extend his championship lead to an impressive 47 points from Pedrosa, while Rossi remains fourth in the standings. The next round comes in just a week’s time at Barcelona in Spain, when Wataru Yoshikawa will join the Fiat Yamaha Team to fill in until Rossi is back on board his M1.

2010 Assen MotoGP Results
1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 41’18.629
2. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team + 2.935
3. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team + 7.022
4. Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 13.265
5. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team + 15.323
6. Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP + 15.772
7. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team + 25.867
8. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 28.991
9. Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 35.658
10. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team + 35.837
11. Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team + 56.769
12. Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team + 56.890
13. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 1’00.615
14. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 1’08.074
15. Kousuke Akiyoshi (JPN) Interwetten Honda MotoGP 1 Lap
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Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team
Hiroshi Aoyama (JAP) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP
Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini

2010 MotoGP Championship Standings
1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 140
2. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 93
3. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team 89
4. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 61
5. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team 61
6. Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP 56
7. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team 51
8. Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 49
9. Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 39
10. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 34
11. Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 32
12. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team 28
13. Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team 28
14. Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team 20
15. Hiroshi Aoyama (JAP) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP 18
16. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 16
17. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 14
18. Kousuke Akiyoshi (JPN) Interwetten Honda MotoGP 1

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