Jorge Lorenzo pulled out one of the best performances of his MotoGP career to take victory away from Casey Stoner at Mugello.
Stoner had dominated the race from the off – and had pulled out a 1 second lead by the end of lap one. Stoner managed to stretch his lead to 3 seconds by the mid-point of the race and looked assured of victory.
In the final third of the race, Lorenzo had managed to get ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and started to reel Casey Stoner in. As Stoner’s speed dropped, Lorenzo got faster and managed to take the lead at Savelli with only 6 laps to go.
Stoner’s problems got worse as he lost out to Andrea Dovizioso in the battle for second.
After the race, Casey Stoner attributed his issues to a loss of pressure in the rear tyre that caused grip issues.
Home-hero, Valentino Rossi, had to fight hard for his 6th place finish, and Cal Crutchlow was forced to retire due to front-end issues.
MotoGP Race Results from Mugello:
1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing 41’50.089
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Repsol Honda Team 0.997
3 Casey STONER Repsol Honda Team 1.143
4 Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing 8.98
5 Marco SIMONCELLI San Carlo Honda Gresini 9.076
6 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team 26.45
7 Hector BARBERA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP 28.745
8 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 32.043
9 Colin EDWARDS Monster Yamaha Tech 3 33.421
10 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team 34.724
11 Hiroshi AOYAMA San Carlo Honda Gresini 37.359
12 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing 43.964
13 Alvaro BAUTISTA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 47.654
14 Randy DE PUNIET Pramac Racing Team 48.84
15 Toni ELIAS LCR Honda MotoGP +1’15.199
Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 17 Laps
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