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MOTORSPORTS > Lorenzo eases to win in Italian GP

MUGELLO, Italy - Agence France-Presse

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Spain’s 2010 world champion Jorge Lorenzo won the Italian MotoGP yesterday to extend his lead in the overall standings.

The 25-year-old Yamaha rider - who ended a two race winless run having last won the British MotoGP - came home clear of compatriot Dani Pedrosa on a Honda while Italian Andrea Dovizioso was third on another Yamaha.

It was Lorenzo’s 43rd career win and sees him extend his lead to 19 points over Pedrosa, who won last weekend’s German race.

However, Pedrosa’s Honda team-mate and defending world champion Casey Stoner saw his chances of bowing out in his final year on the circuit with the title fade further as he trailed in in eighth spot.

“This black mamba helmet has brought me the luck I was missing at Assen (a fortnight ago when he crashed and was then second in Germany),” said Lorenzo, who was recording his fifth win of the season. “We made no mistakes all weekend. The start was tough but little by little I gained confidence and when I opened a gap I was able to relax and I cruised.”

Pedrosa too was delighted.

“We did a good job in the race but it was very difficult with Jorge going at that pace,” said the 26-year-old. “It was so difficult and I couldn’t catch him. Overall, though, it is a good moment and lets try and keep it like this and push hard.” Dovizioso was ecstatic at recording his fourth podium finish in five races which has seen him being linked with higher profile rides next season.

“I’m really happy to get a podium finish in this race which every rider dreams of doing,” said the 26-year-old. “I thought I could stay with Lorenzo but it proved impossible.”

As Lorenzo sauntered to victory, Dovizioso reclaimed the final spot on the podium from Bradl with three laps remaining while Rossi seized fifth on the final lap from Hayden.

July/16/2012

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