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Lorenzo ends the drought in Mugello

Lorenzo ends the drought in Mugello

Lorenzo ends the drought in Mugello

Jorge Lorenzo took his third victory of the season after a closely fought 250cc race, ending the drought which started after wins in the opening two races of the season. The race was one of the tightest of 2006 so far, with a heartstopping finale. San Marino's Alex de Angelis was second, followed by Italian Andrea Dovizioso.

Humangest Honda's World Championship-leading star maintains a 20 point gap between himself and Lorenzo, who jumped to second. The third placed rider in the Championship, Yuki Takahashi, finished in fourth at Mugello ahead of Alex Debon and early leader Roberto Locatelli.

Marco Simoncelli was just outside the top six, ahead of Anthony West who had a sterling performance. Shuhei Aoyama and Andrea Ballerini completed the top ten.

There were spectacular early crashes from Hiroshi Aoyama and Jakub Smrz, heartbreaking for the Czech after his superb qualifying performances at the Italian Circuit. Hector Barbera was another rider forced to retire from the race just after the start.


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