Lorenzo Continues To Dominate
The World Championship leader, Jorge Lorenzo extended his advantage at the top of the standings further with his fifth win of the campaign at the Gran Premi de Catalunya. Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner finished second and third for the second race in succession.
Jorge Lorenzo became the first Yamaha rider to win three successive premier class races from pole position since Eddie Lawson did so in 1986 when he took his fifth win of the 2010 campaign at the Gran Premi de Catalunya on Sunday. The Spanish rider is now 52 points clear at the top as he continued his phenomenal run of form in taking his second win on home soil this season.
Dani Pedrosa made one of his rapid starts and led into Turn 1 as he shot through from row two, but then ran wide coming out and had dropped down to ninth by the end of lap one as he lost the advantage. It was an error Pedrosa managed to recover in the early laps however and before too long he was up to third.
Andrea Dovizioso started a fight for the lead with Lorenzo on lap three when he overtook to move into first, but it was a lead Lorenzo regained on the next lap as the battle lines were drawn. When chasing in third place Casey Stoner ran off track shortly after and dropped to fifth as Randy de Puniet and Pedrosa came through.
In a decisive moment for the race, Dovizioso also went down as he pushed himself when chasing Lorenzo at the front. With that, Lorenzo was clear by just over 5.5s with less than half the race to go, and Stoner and Pedrosa began duelling for second place with De Puniet further back in fourth. Lorenzo’s lead proved to be too much and he crossed the line 4.754s clear to take his fifth win of the season.
Pedrosa won the scrap for second by just two-tenths of a second from Stoner, as the podium of the previous round at Assen was repeated. Fourth place and his best result of the campaign so far went to De Puniet after yet another impressive ride on the satellite RC212V.