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GP Week : Issue 80
Amassive crowd of more than 122,000 erupted with joy after Jorge Lorenzo had caught up from more than 3.7 seconds adrift, taking second off Fiat Yamaha team- mate Valentino Rossi with six laps to go, then closing up to attack a determined Dani Pedrosa over the last two laps. They collided on the final hairpin on the penultimate lap as the Repsol Honda rider again repulsed his rival. But Jorge had decided "I was either going to crash or win," and he made it past with a forceful move at the end of the back straight next time round. An ebullient Lorenzo hadn't looked like a winner after an average start and early laps. He had moved into third past Nicky Hayden(Marlboro Ducati) on lap ten, and from then on was just short of two seconds behind team-mate Valentino Rossi, who was in turn a similar distance behind race-long leader Pedrosa, who had led from the first corner. Rossi, still nursing a weak and painful shoulder, had already settled for second. But in fact Jorge was gaining speed, and soon closed the gap on JORGE Lorenzo rode "the most wonderful race of my life" to snatch victory from race-long leader Dani Pedrosa on the last lap of an until-then processional Spanish GP. MICHAEL SCOTT was there Moto GP RACE >> 21