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GP Week : Issue 162
25 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: There was just one glitch in Jorge Lorenzo’s weekend – an electronic misadventure that meant he started second instead of from pole. For the rest, it was pretty much perfect. The Yamaha rider seized the lead into the first corner after pole starter Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) ran a mite wide, and was never headed. On lap six of magnificent Mugello, 5.245 km long as well as fast and varied, he was almost a second clear, and by the end had time to pull wheelies and wave to a good crowd of 64,165 and still win by better than five seconds. With Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda) finishing eighth after running off with brake problems early on, his fifth win extended his points gap over the defending champion. The race was anything but dull. Run in blazing sunshine after the first fully dry weekend since round three in Portugal it featured several battles that intensified towards the end. Although Pedrosa managed a solitary second, the fight for the last rostrum spot saw six riders cross the line in just over 1.5 seconds, positions changing to the flag. It went, for a third race in succession, to satellite Monster Yamaha rider Andrea Dovizioso, who had also passed Pedrosa on the first lap, only ceding the position four laps later. He had an all-action afternoon. Soon after that the increasingly impressive rookie Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) pushed ahead, and proved very hard to pass. Dovi remained confident. “I knew I was better on the brakes, so if I waited to the end I thought I could beat him.” That was true, but by the end it wasn’t only Bradl. Nicky Hayden (Marlboro Ducati) had been with them earlier, dropped away by a couple of seconds, and then regained paced, “fiddling with the engine maps” . He started the last lap on Bradl’s tail and aiming for the rostrum. The 2006 champion passed Bradl at the start of the last lap only for the young German to give it back to him on the next corner, pushing him wide. By then slow starter Valentino Rossi had MOTOGP >>> MUGELLO