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Lorenzo wins in Japan

MotoGP
Sunday, October 27, 2013

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Jorge Lorenzo
As the flag dropped at the finish line in Motegi this afternoon it signaled not just an incredible victory for Jorge Lorenzo but also a defining moment for Yamaha. The race win is the 200th Grand Prix victory for Yamaha in the premier class of Grand Prix racing.

Both Jorge and his teammate Valentino have made an incredible contribution to this score, adding the last 49 of the 50 race wins taken since 2007 with Ben Spies the only other Yamaha Factory Racing rider to claim a single race win in that time. zzzz

This incredible success story goes back to 1973, when British rider Chas Mortimer took the first ever 500cc victory in the class that would become the modern day MotoGP Championship. Yamaha is still only the second manufacturer to achieve this milestone.

The greatest MotoGP legend of all-time, Giacomo Agostini played a key part in writing Yamaha’s story of race success, taking six 500cc wins in the 1970s to add to the score. Later on in the story it was the Americans who wrote their piece of Yamaha history with three in particular, Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey racking up the victories.

Roberts was the first, the pioneer of knee dragging wild riding, taking three back-to-back 500cc championships from 1978 to 1980. Eddie Lawson followed, adding 26 wins to the total and claiming three titles for Yamaha in 1984, 1986 and 1988.

The last of the three, Wayne Rainey, then took up the challenge, scoring an impressive 24 race victories on his way to taking the world title in 1990, 1991 and 1992. A tragic accident in 1992 brought an end to Rainey’s racing career, and the focus returned to Europe with riders Luca Cadalora and then Max Biaggi taking up the charge. Biaggi ironically was challenging against the then rival Rossi for the eight victories he scored.

It was in 2004 that Valentino Rossi arrived in the Yamaha garage, forming a love affair with the YZR-M1 that has endured to this day, creating an almost impossible to believe success that has won the hearts of fans worldwide. By 2007 Rossi had made it 150 wins for Yamaha at the historic Assen TT races, his own 28th MotoGP win.

2008 saw the arrival of another remarkable talent in the Yamaha garage. Stepping up to join Valentino on the YZR-M1 was hotheaded Mallorcan Jorge Lorenzo. The pairing proved unbeatable, adding two further world titles with Yamaha and an amazing 30 race wins to Rossi’s haul.

Jorge Lorenzo
“It's a very special day, to be the rider to get the 200 wins is a great honor. To win at Honda’s home race is even more special! It was a very difficult race today, they were very close but I never gave up and tried to be even faster, brake harder and open the gap more. Finally I was able to make a little gap. We are very proud of this victory, for the result, for the circumstances and for the championship, it couldn’t be better.”

Results

Pos Rider Time/Behind Nat Bike Team
1 Jorge Lorenzo 42'34.291 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
2 Marc Marquez +3.188 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Dani Pedrosa +4.592 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Alvaro Bautista +19.755 SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
5 Stefan Bradl +22.810 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
6 Valentino Rossi +24.637 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
7 Cal Crutchlow +27.496 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
8 Bradley Smith +30.969 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
9 Nicky Hayden +37.010 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Andrea Dovizioso +42.944 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
11 Katsayuki Nakasuga +53.345 JPN YAMAHA Yamaha YSP Racing Team
12 Colin Edwards +1'03.213 USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
13 Randy De Puniet +1'06.840 FRA SUZUKI Suzuki Test Team
14 Andrea Iannone +1'08.218 ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
15 Yonny Hernandez +1'18.240 COL DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
16 Hector Barbera +1'19.108 SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
17 Hiroshi Aoyama +1'21.174 JAP FTR Avintia Blusens
18 Danilo Petrucci +1'30.546 ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
19 Michael Laverty +2'23.358 GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
20 Claudio Corti +1 lap ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
21 Damian Cudlin +1 lap AUS PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
22 Bryan Staring +1 lap AUS FTR-HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
23 Aleix Espargaro DNF SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
24 Luca Scassa DNF ITA ART Cardion AB Motoracing
25 Lukas Pesek DNF CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project

Championship standings

1 Marc Marquez 318 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 305 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
3 Dani Pedrosa 280 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Valentino Rossi 224 pts ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5 Cal Crutchlow 188 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Alvaro Bautista 160 pts SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
7 Stefan Bradl 146 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
8 Andrea Dovizioso 133 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Nicky Hayden 118 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Bradley Smith 107 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
11 Aleix Espargaro 88 pts SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
12 Andrea Iannone 57 pts ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
13 Michele Pirro 50 pts ITA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
14 Colin Edwards 40 pts USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
15 Randy De Puniet 36 pts FRA SUZUKI Suzuki Test Team
16 Hector Barbera 31 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
17 Danilo Petrucci 24 pts ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
18 Yonny Hernandez 21 pts COL DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
19 Hiroshi Aoyama 13 pts JAP FTR Avintia Blusens
20 Claudio Corti 11 pts ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
21 Ben Spies 9 pts USA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
22 Katsayuki Nakasuga 5 pts JPN YAMAHA Yamaha YSP Racing Team
23 Karel Abraham 5 pts CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
24 Alex De Angelis 5 pts RSM DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
25 Michael Laverty 3 pts GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
26 Bryan Staring 2 pts AUS FTR-HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
27 Javier Del Amor 1 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
28 Martin Bauer 0 pts AUT S&B SUTER Remus Racing Team
29 Lukas Pesek 0 pts CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
30 Luca Scassa 0 pts ITA ART Cardion AB Motoracing
31 Ivan Silva 0 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
32 Damian Cudlin 0 pts AUS PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
33 Blake Young 0 pts USA APR CRT Attack Performance

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