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06/03/12
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Lorenzo storms to victory in Spain
Jorge Lorenzo stormed to victory at the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya in front of his home crowd ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso.

After a wet morning warm-up, the field got way in dry conditions this afternoon, and it was Repsol Honda Team’s Pedrosa who got the holeshot from the second row, hotly pursued by Yamaha´s Ben Spies, who also had a tremendous start from fourth. Lorenzo pushed his way past Casey Stoner into third, as the whole grid was tightly bunched in the first lap.

Within a few corners, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso muscled his way past Stoner, who subsequently ran wide a lap later, also letting through Cal Crutchlow. With 23 laps left, Spies, who looked to have the superior pace, made a move on Pedrosa, yet ran wide and dropped his bike in the dirt. This put paid to what had been his most promising start to a race yet.

With 21 laps remaining, the front five of Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Dovizioso, Crutchlow and Stoner started to pull out a gap to the following group, led by San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista. On the same lap, Avintia Blusens’ Yonny Hernandez ran off track, yet managed to avoid the gravel trap.

Two laps later Lorenzo went past Pedrosa on the brakes down the home straight, while Stoner took Crutchlow for fourth shortly after. Further down the field, Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi passed LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl for seventh, and started pursuing Bautista. Spies, who did manage to remount after his crash, had made his way back to 12th at this point.

Pedrosa made use of superior drive on the straight with 14 laps left, as he passed Lorenzo in the slipstream, yet could not shake him on the ensuing lap. One lap later, Lorenzo was too late on the brakes into the first turn, letting Dovizioso close the gap once more, and making yet more work for himself to catch his compatriot at the front.

Dovizioso had a moment eleven laps before the end, dropping off the pace just briefly, while Crutchlow ran very deep into the first corner in his battle for fourth. Stoner, Pedrosa and Bradl were the only bikes in the top ten with the hard compound rear tire, yet at the half way point there was no obvious advantage, as Lorenzo was slowly closing the gap to the Spanish Repsol Honda rider.

With just six laps remaining, Lorenzo was right on the rear wheel of Pedrosa, as the pair were involved in a nail-biting tussle for the lead. It was the Repsol rider who subsequently made a mistake with a big wheelie, which allowed Lorenzo past in the following corner. Behind the pair, Dovizioso, Stoner and Crutchlow where involved in a battle for third, whilst they were followed further down by Bautista and Rossi fighting it out for sixth.

With three laps to go, Lorenzo started to open up a small advantage, while Crutchlow was on the back of Stoner’s rear wheel, though was struggling to find a way past. The final lap however, saw the Australian drop the Brit and hunt down Dovizioso.

Yet in the end it was Lorenzo who took the checkered flag by over five seconds from Pedrosa, with Dovizioso holding off Stoner to take his first podium this year. The reigning world champion finished fourth, which is the first time he hasn’t stood on the podium since Jerez last year. The top ten were completed by Cal Crutchlow, Álvaro Bautista, Valentino Rossi, Stefan Bradl, Ducati’s Nicky Hayden and Ben Spies. Top CRT honor went to local rider Aleix Espargar¢ on board his Power Electronics Aspar machine.

Results

Pos.

Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time/Gap
1 25 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 43'07.681
2 20 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +5.003
3 16 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +9.361
4 13 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda +9.544
5 11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +12.506
6 10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda +13.948
7 9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati +17.555
8 8 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda +23.478
9 7 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati +30.410
10 6 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +32.897
11 5 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati +36.144
12 4 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati +56.229
13 3 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART +1'08.054
14 2 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR +1'08.775
15 1 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART +1'10.483
16 0 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART +1'13.090
17 0 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART +1'20.903
18 0 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR +1'21.235
19 0 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda +1'41.207
20 0 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR +1'41.888
DNF 0 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 1 Lap

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