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GP Week : Issue 184
Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo had his nose put seriously out of joint at Jerez, when 20-year-old Repsol Honda upstart Marc Marquez butted him out of second place in the last corner; and then suffered debilitating grip problems at Le Mans – seventh his worst result since 2008. His title defence was on the back foot; the Yamahas were getting kicked by the Hondas. It all turned round on the sweeps of fast and scenic Mugello. While those about him foundered, he was back to imperious form. A fierce move of his own seized the lead from pole starter Honda’s Dani Pedrosa (Jorge later apologised) at the first corner, and he took command to win by a comfortable 5.4 seconds. The flowing track played to his smooth style and to the Yamaha’s strengths (Jorge cited a lack of first-gear corners, though also complained of a lack of agility), while Pedrosa suffered fading grip issues. Crucially, as one Spaniard closes the title gap on another, the next round at Catalunya on Sunday offers similar circumstances. Dani got second, but that was after his race-long shadow, team-mate Marquez, had slipped past and was moving away ahead ... only to crash out inexplicably and irrecoverably. It was the young tiger’s fourth tumble of the weekend – one a miraculous escape at record speed (see separate news story); and the end of a run of full house of top-three results. Had he settled for a safe third, he’d have set yet another record, as the only rookie with five consecutive rostrums. Instead the place went to Cal Crutchlow, adding to his growing reputation as his satellite Monster Yamaha closed rapidly on Pedrosa at the end. A throng of Rossi fans chanted his name to join the top three on the rostrum as he had last year. He was too busy licking his wounds after a disastrous home event. He and Alvaro Bautista (FUN&GO Honda) collided on the first lap, both going down, each blaming the other. Subsequent official investigation put it down to “a racing incident” . Their loss was Ducati’s gain. Factory pair Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden battled most of the race with Stefan Brad’s LCR Honda. Hayden dropped away in the last two laps with worryingly severe back wheel chatter; Bradl got the better of Dovi by two tenths after they’d changed places four times on the final lap. Michele Pirro wild-carded the Ducati “lab bike” to seventh; Espargaro was top CRT bike on his swift ART, with battered Bradley Smith’s satellite Yamaha in ninth behind him, and Barbera’s ART filling the top ten. Round five gave a fillip to the title chase, as Lorenzo moves back into second ahead of no-score Marquez. Jorge is 12 points behind Pedrosa on 91. Marquez has 77, Crutchlow 71, with Dovi displacing Rossi as best of the rest on 50 points. MOTOGP >>> nEWs JORGE'S JUSTICE, MARQUEZ'S DOWNFALL Mugello recharges the title battle 13 GPWEEK.com // 13 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: