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Battle of the strongest for Dovizioso and Lorenzo

Battle of the strongest for Dovizioso and Lorenzo

Andrea Dovizioso's victory at Istanbul Park last Sunday sent out a message to the rest of the 250cc field.

Andrea Dovizioso's victory at Istanbul Park last Sunday sent out a message to the rest of the 250cc field. On a weekend in which much talk had been about strength, the Italian refused to be pushed around by reigning World Champion and current quarter litre leader Jorge Lorenzo in the battle for Turkish victory, holding firm at the front of the pack.

After a series of daring manoeuvres carried out with an assured aggression that had perhaps been lacking in Dovizioso's style up until last month's race at Jerez, the Team Scot rider took his Honda machine to glory ahead of Lorenzo and Alvaro Bautista. Celebrating the triumph, he held up his bicep in a thinly-veiled reference to Lorenzo's claim in Saturday's post qualifying press conference: "He might be on pole, but I think I am stronger than him."

Strength is an important issue for the Spaniard, who was keen to avoid a repeat performance of last year's Grand Prix of Turkey. In 2006 he also started the race at Istanbul Park in the lead in the championship, but a first corner crash with Shuhei Aoyama put him out of the race and began a three race run off the podium. Speaking before the race at Jerez, Lorenzo stated that he did not believe that history would repeat itself. "I am mentally stronger than I was last year," was his affirmative statement to the Spanish media.

The psychological war continues between the 2006 champion and runner up, with Lorenzo still in the lead at the top of the standings by 18 points but unable to conquer Turkey and annex it to ‘Lorenzo Land'.

Tags:
250cc, 2007, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso

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