Brno MotoGP: Magnificent seven for Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo’s relentless march towards his first MotoGP world title continued in Brno with the Spaniard romping to a seventh win of 2010.
The Fiat Yamaha rider was rarely threatened once he produced a brilliant double overtake at the same corner on Dani Pedrosa and Ben Spies on the first lap.
Pedrosa offered brief but ultimately futile resistance and by the end of a somewhat dull 22-lap race, Lorenzo cruised to his fifth win in the last six races by over five seconds.
His latest triumph moved him into a 77-point lead over Repsol Honda rider Pedrosa with eight races remaining and he said: “Today has been tough because the wind doesn’t help us to be in good lap times but I pushed at 100 per cent and when I saw the gap between me and Dani was going up a little bit I thought it was my moment and I pushed a bit harder to get my seventh win and this is fantastic.”
Lorenzo conceded that he expected a much sterner examination from Pedrosa after he’d suffered a late crash in qualifying that ended his stunning run of five successive pole positions.
The 23-year-old added: “After my problems in qualifying and the crash I didn't expect this. I thought it would be much more of a struggle. Once I got to the front I expected Dani to come with me and I knew it was my moment and that I had to push as much as possible.
"I thought he would try to overtake me because the lap times were not so fast and I was thinking he’d be quite comfortable behind me. But the reality is I was pushing and he was, but he was losing a little bit more than me.
"I felt good, pushed hard and little by little I was able to lose him. I know I said I was riding for the championship now and that's still true but when there's the chance to win I have to take it.
"The goal is always to finish the race and the goal is also to finish on the podium.
"But if I can win I will make it for sure. I didn’t want to close the throttle or be settling for second position. I thought it was difficult to win but when I put myself in first position I tried and I made it.”
Lorenzo added it was a fantastic feeling to have the luxury of such a huge points advantage heading back to America for the second time in a month for the forthcoming Indianapolis race on August 25.
He said: “It is a big lead but Dani is in a good shape and normally he has finished the last races in second place. Apart from the crash in Laguna the gap doesn’t go up so much but it is fantastic to have such a big gap.”