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2010 MotoGP Brno results

Jorge Lorenzo took an impressive seventh win of the season in Brno this afternoon with a clinical performance that saw him lead from the first lap to the chequered flag. In doing so he becomes only the third premier-class rider in history to finish in the top two at the opening ten races of the season. In stark contrast to his Fiat Yamaha team-mate’s good fortunes, Valentino Rossi ran into problems from the start and could only finish fifth.

Despite surrendering pole position for the first time in six races, some bold moves from the Spaniard around the first two turns saw him take the lead before the first split and he looked in imperious form on his Yamaha M1, with yesterday’s front-end troubles clearly a thing of the past. Dani Pedrosa kept close on his heels for the first few laps but every time his fellow countryman closed the gap a few tenths Lorenzo responded with renewed vigour and by the tenth lap he was a second clear. From then on he was unchallenged and he crossed the line 5.494 seconds clear of Pedrosa to take the 33rd win of his career and his 12th in MotoGP.


With the weather looking favourable following heavy rain this morning, Rossi was confident that he would be able to mount a strong challenge for honours this afternoon but it was not to be for the Italian today. He had felt strong all weekend despite sliding off yesterday but he never had the same confidence in the race and was unable to ride as he would have liked. He had dropped from fifth on the grid to eighth by the end of the first lap before rallying to pass Colin Edwards and Nicky Hayden to move to fifth by lap six, but from then on he could make no further headway and rode a lonely race to the flag.

Another maximum-points haul for Lorenzo leaves the young Mallorcan 77 points clear of Pedrosa in the standings, with eight rounds remaining. Rossi holds on to fifth, 14 points behind Andrea Dovizioso. Tomorrow will see both Fiat Yamaha riders back out on track, weather permitting, for a one-day test before the bikes are shipped off to Indianapolis for the second US round of the season in two week’s time.

2010 MotoGP Brno Results
1.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team43’22.638
2.Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team+ 5.494
3.Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team+ 11.426
4.Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3+ 13.723
5.Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team+ 17.930
6.Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team+ 26.815
7.Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3+ 33.396
8.Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini+ 39.406
9.Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team+ 39.639
10.Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP+ 40.893
11.Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini+ 42.032
12.Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team+ 47.091
13.Alex de Angelis (ITA) Interwetten Honda MotoGP+ 51.368
Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP1 Lap
Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team15 Lap
Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team16 Lap
Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP21 Lap

2010 MotoGP Championship Standings
1.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team235
2.Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team158
3.Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team119
4.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team115
5.Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team101
6.Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team99
7.Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 390
8.Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP75
9.Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini61
10.Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 357
11.Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini54
12.Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team48
13.Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP36
14.Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team32
15.Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team31
16.Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP25
17.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP18
18.Alex de Angelis (ITA) Interwetten Honda MotoGP11
19.Kousuke Akiyoshi (JPN) Interwetten Honda MotoGP4
20.Wataru Yoshikawa (JPN) Fiat Yamaha Team1

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