Jorge Lorenzo toasts dominant win

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Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo hailed his French MotoGP success after he demolished Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi with a second successive premier class win.

Lorenzo stalked his more experienced team-mate for the opening 12 laps before making his decisive move to secure his first ever back-to-back MotoGP success.

The outcome never looked in any doubt once Lorenzo hit the front, as he was comfortably able to leave Rossi trailing behind him.

Lorenzo eventually won with ease by over five seconds and even the 23-year-old was surprised with how easy he had claimed his seventh MotoGP victory.

Lorenzo, who has dropped only five points in the opening three races of the season, said: “Finally I made a good start.

"I can’t say we solved this problem because one good start doesn’t mean anything but I didn’t lose so much time in the first few laps and it is important to get my second victory in a row for the first time,“ beamed the double world 250GP champion.

“I feel so confident this year and I can be more quiet and ride better and today was proof of that. I kept my patience and understand that Valentino brakes so late, so I waited for one mistake of his but he didn’t do so many mistakes.

"I just waited and tried on the exit of the corners to be as close as possible to him. When I made the move it was easier than I expected to open up a gap. It was an easier race than Jerez.

"It was not so easy to be concentrated and keep on 35.1 but it was easier than I expected. I didn't expect to open a gap of about six seconds.

"I have learnt to be patient and it was easy to make a mistake and to crash either myself or with Valentino.”

Lorenzo denied seeing Rossi in serious trouble with set-up issues or his damaged right shoulder as he chased the 31-year-old in the early stages.

He added: “When he was in front of me I saw he was quite fast but not as fast as me on the fast corners.

"But he had good acceleration and good stability on the brakes. I thought he could make more laps in high 34s but when I overtook him he stayed only one or two laps behind and then he was in 35.5s.”

Lorenzo said his slender nine-point lead would mean he could not let up in his sensational start to the 2010 campaign.

He said: “The gap is not so big but the nine points permit me to be calmer. I have more margin for a mistake than the others. I can finish fourth or fifth in the next race and that is not a problem.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt