SPAIN’S Jorge Lorenzo won his third successive MotoGP yesterday as he coasted home to take the Italian race on a Yamaha at Mugello.
The 28-year-old two-time world champion — who was winning three in a row for the fourth time in his career — beat home pole sitter Andrea Iannone of Italy on a Ducati with Italian legend Valentino Rossi third on another Yamaha claiming his 10th successive podium finish. Rossi leads the world championship standings, but by only six points from Lorenzo.
Two-time defending world champion Marc Marquez failed to finish, crashing out on his Honda with six laps remaining.
Lorenzo, world champion in 2010 and 2012, said that it was hard to judge if he was in the best form of his life.
“I’ve been in this sort of form in the past,” said Lorenzo puffing out his cheeks. “But the bike is in great shape.
“I took control of the race with a brave overtaking of Dovizioso and even though I lacked some pace I had enough to win.
“I’ve won three races in a row before but now I want to make it four (Catalunya in a fortnight),” added Lorenzo, who was winning his fourth Italian MotoGP in the last five editions.
Iannone — who adopted the nickname “maniac Joe” — was delighted to have secured second spot especially as he is recovering still from a dislocated shoulder, although the first win in this category still eludes him.
“My head is strong, that is why I can ride like I do,” said Iannone.
For Rossi, who is seeking his 10th world title in all categories, it was a better-than-expected result as he had started from eighth place on the grid.
“I’m happy because I made the podium which is a good result,” said the 36-year-old, who won two of the first three races this season. — AFP.
1. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 41:39.173
2. Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 41:44.736
3. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 41:45.834
4. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 41:49.151
5. Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 41:54.457