Montmelo - Ducati's
Jorge Lorenzo powered from pole to claim victory in a second straight
race at the Grand Prix of Catalunya on Sunday ahead of championship
leader Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi.
The three-time world MotoGP champion won at Mugello last time out in
his first win for Ducati, and celebrated his win at Montmelo wildly
after a race in which half the competitors failed to finish.
After seven of the season's 19 races, Lorenzo stands seventh in the
overall standings on 66 points, with Marquez atop the pile on 115, followed
by Rossi (88) and Maverick Vinales (77).
Lorenzo, who will quit Ducati to join up with Marquez at Honda next
season, finished 4.479 seconds ahead of Marquez, with Rossi at almost 7 seconds.
Marquez and Suzuki's Italian rider Andrea Iannone briefly passed
Lorenzo before the latter regained the lead and led through to the
"In claiming a second straight victory it's incredible to see how things can change so quickly," said Lorenzo.
Lorenzo's teammate Andrea Dovizioso crashed after 10 laps, a big blow
for last season's runner-up who has failed to finish three of his last
Marquez was left satisfied with his showing.
"It was tough to beat the Ducatis here but the most important thing
is that we've increased our lead in the championship," he said.
Earlier in the day, French youngster Fabio Quartararo of Speed Up won the Moto2 for his first ever Grand Prix victory.
The 19-year-old started from pole position and beat Portugal's KTM
rider Miguel Oliveira by 2.492, with Spaniard Alex Marquez of Kalex
third at 3.485.
Italy's Francesco Bagnaia still tops the standings for Kalex by a single point from Oliveira and 25 ahead of Marquez in third.
Italy's Enea Bastianini of Honda edged to Moto3 victory in a race marked by a string of crashes.
Setting off from pole position, the 20-year-old finished 0.167 ahead of compatriot and Marco Bezzecchi with Argentine Gabriel Rodrigo a
further 0.003 back in third.
KTM's Bezzechi increased his lead in the standings to 19 points over
Fabio Di Giannantonio, who finished seventh, while fellow title
contenders Jorge Martin and Aron Canet crashed out.
Results and standings from the Grand Prix of Catalunya on Sunday:
1. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Ducati) 40min 13.566sec, 2. Marc Marquez (ESP/Yamaha) at 4.479, 3. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 6.098, 4. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Honda LCR) 9.805, 5. Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) 10.640, 6. Maverick Vinales (ESP/Yamaha) 10.798, 7. Johann Zarco (FRA/Yamaha Tech3) 13.432, 8. Danilo Petrucci (ITA/Ducati Pramac) 15.055, 9. Alvaro Bautista (ESP/Ducati Angel Nieto) 22.057, 10. Andrea Iannone (ITA/Suzuki) 24.141
MotoGP overall standings (after seven of 19 races)
1. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 115 points, 2. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 88, 3. Maverick Vinales (ESP/Yamaha) 77, 4. Johann Zarco (FRA/Yamaha Tech3) 73, 5. Danilo Petrucci (ITA/Ducati Pramac) 71, 6. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/LCR Honda) 69, 7. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Ducati) 66, 8. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 66, 9. Andrea Iannone (ITA/Suzuki) 66, 10. Jack Miller (AUS/Ducati Pramac) 49
1. Fabio Quartararo (FRA/Speed Up) 38min 22.059sec, 2. Miguel Oliveira (POR/KTM) at 2.492sec, 3. Alex Marquez (ESP/Kalex) 3.485
Moto2 overall standings
1. Francesco Bagnaia (ITA/Kalex) 119 points, 2. Miguel Oliveira (POR/KTM) 118, 3. Alex Marquez (ESP/Kalex) 94
1. Enea Bastianini (ITA/Honda) 38min 36.883sec, 2. Marco Bezzecchi (ITA/KTM) at 0.167, 3. Gabriel Rodrigo (ARG/Honda) 0.170
Moto3 overall standings
1. Marco Bezzecchi (ITA/KTM) 103 points, 2. Fabio Di Giannantonio (ITA/Honda) 84, 3. Jorge Martin (ESP/Honda) 80