News 4 Jul 2011

Lorenzo steals Mugello GP win as Stoner struggles in final stages

Reigning world champion stuns with Grand Prix of Italy victory, with Aussie Casey Stoner taking out third.

Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo won the Grand Prix of Italy at Mugello on Sunday.

Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo won the Grand Prix of Italy at Mugello on Sunday.

A fantastic race saw Jorge Lorenzo stalk down Casey Stoner to clinch his second win of the season at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM, while Andrea Dovizioso passed his Repsol Honda team mate on the last lap to finish second.

Stoner started from pole position to break from the field early and looked set to have victory in the bag, until with nine laps remaining, Lorenzo began to chip away at the Australian’s more than two second lead, finally catching and taking over the lead with six laps to go.

The Spaniard’s win closes the world championship standing lead of Casey Stoner to 19 points.

Dovizioso hunted down and passed Stoner on the very last lap to grab second position in front of his home crowd. The Italian remains third in the Championship with 119 points, ahead of Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) with 91.

Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing) battled with San Carlo Honda Gresini Team’s Marco Simoncelli for fourth position, both of whom started on the front row.

The two made multiple late braking passes on one another until the American got the better of the Italian on the last lap.

A five man battle for sixth between Rossi, Héctor Barberá (Mapfre Aspar), Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki), Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) ensued throughout the race, with Barberá dueling with Rossi at the front of the pack.

Rossi broke away at 11 laps to go, putting his GP11.1 in the sixth spot, ahead of the Ducati of Barberá in seventh.

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda), who dominated the Italian Grand Prix last year, was eighth across the line after starting from the same grid position on his return to racing having missed the last three GPs through injury.

The Spaniard finished just in front of Edwards and Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden, who had an early run off to finish in 10th.

Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) retired to the pits with front tire issues, the second race in a row he has suffered with the similar problems.

2011 MotoGP World Championship
Round Eight – Mugello, Italy

MotoGP Results:
1. Jorge LORENZO 41:50.089
2. Andrea DOVIZIOSO +0.997 second
3. Casey STONER +1.143 seconds
4. Ben SPIES +8.980
5. Marco SIMONCELLI +9.076
6. Valentino ROSSI +26.450
7. Hector BARBERA +28.745
8. Dani PEDROSA +32.043
9. Colin EDWARDS +33.421
10. Nicky HAYDEN +34.724
11. Hiroshi AOYAMA +37.359
12. Karel ABRAHAM +43.964
13. Alvaro BAUTISTA +47.654
14. Randy DE PUNIET +48.840
15. Toni ELIAS +75.199

World Championship Standings:
1. Casey STONER 152
2. Jorge LORENZO 133
3. Andrea DOVIZIOSO 119
4. Valentino ROSSI 91
5. Nicky HAYDEN 77
6. Ben SPIES 74
7. Dani PEDROSA 69
8. Hiroshi AOYAMA 56
9. Colin EDWARDS 53
10. Marco SIMONCELLI 50
11. Hector BARBERA 44
12. Karel ABRAHAM 37
13. Toni ELIAS 35
14. Cal CRUTCHLOW 32
15. Alvaro BAUTISTA 30
16. Loris CAPIROSSI 22
17. Randy DE PUNIET 12
18. John HOPKINS 6
19. Kousuke AKIYOSHI 3