Catalunya MotoGP: Faultless Jorge Lorenzo stretches title lead

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Jorge Lorenzo looks virtually unstoppable in his quest for a maiden MotoGP crown after he cruised to yet another convincing victory in his home race at the Catalunya circuit.

Lorenzo extended his advantage in the 2010 world championship to a commanding 52-points over Repsol Honda rival Dani Pedrosa with another relatively easy success.

Lorenzo, who has now won as many races in the opening seven races of this season as he did in 2008 and 2009 together, survived intense pressure from Andrea Dovizioso when the Italian’s brave challenge was ended by a 15th lap crash.

That mistake left Lorenzo to cruise to his tenth premier class victory and he made up for the disappointment of last year’s last-ditch defeat to Valentino Rossi in superb style. 

The 23-year-old said: “I think we made an intelligent and clever race, because today the conditions of the track was worse than ever, especially for the front tyre. From the first corners, I felt the front very slippery and I was worried the front tyre would kill itself before the end of the race.

"Fortunately it didn’t drop down so much and I could make 43.5 for the whole race. I was a little bit worried about Andrea, because I saw him so fast and he was fighting a lot, but fortunately for us he crashed and I could be quiet.”

Lorenzo said his impeccable start to the season was close to ‘perfection’ with the Yamaha rider dropping only ten out of 175-points available.

He added: “It is almost perfect. When I dream sometimes about bikes, I dream to win races. But to win five races in seven is better than all my dreams. And this win is very special. After losing so closely last year I was happy but not completely so and today I can say I am completely happy, winning here at my home race.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt