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Lorenzoland and other territories

Lorenzoland and other territories

Jorge´s Lorenzos dominant start to his 250cc title defence and the new found consistency of Alex de Angelis have been the two big stories in the quarter litre class World Championship so far, with the Spaniard leading his counterpart from San Marino by 20 points over the summer break.

Jorge´s Lorenzos dominant start to his 250cc title defence and the new found consistency of Alex de Angelis have been the two big stories in the quarter litre class World Championship so far, with the Spaniard leading his counterpart from San Marino by 20 points over the summer break.

Here motogp.com picks out three of the most exciting 250cc races of the season so far:

Round two - Gran Premio bwin.com de España
After having dominated the 250cc class for the whole weekend at his home track, Lorenzo gave the thousands of fans gathered at Jerez reason to celebrate with a superb victory, just 0.218s ahead of compatriot and 125cc World Champion Alvaro Bautista. In his post-race celebration, Lorenzo ran to the gravel trap and planted down a flag marking his territory. And he could rightfully call the Spanish circuit Lorenzoland after taking his second quarter litre victory at the track in as many years.

Round eight - Nickel & Dime British Grand Prix
Andrea Dovizioso took his second victory of the season and cut the gap between the 250cc top two to just 11 points, taking advantage of crashes by poleman De Angelis and series leader Lorenzo in a soaking wet race. Up until lap 25, De Angelis had been the runaway leader since taking the holeshot, and looked to be a sure bet for the win as he undertook a cautious ride of the slippery Donington surface.

Held up by backmarkers late on, the San Marino rider saw Dovizioso close him down, and then crashed when put under pressure from the Team Scot man. With a huge gap between the top two and the remainder of the field, De Angelis was still able to rejoin the race in second place, putting himself on the podium once more. The crash which allowed Dovizioso to cut down the lead in the title chase came on lap 10, with Lorenzo highsiding his factory Aprilia at Coppice corner.

Round nine - A-Style TT Assen
Bouncing back from his Donington Park DNF in the best possible way, Lorenzo took his sixth win of the season from as many pole positions. The World Championship leader was in unstoppable form from the get-go, leaving his rivals with little more than scraps to fight for once he had imposed himself on the race.

Lorenzo reacted at just the right moment to a speedy ride by De Angelis; noting that the San Marino rider had closed in on him, the reigning World Champion set about extending his breathing space with some of his fastest laps of the day. In the end, De Angelis had to concede defeat, settling for second and continuing his run of 2007 success which has not seen him finish lower than fourth this year. Bautista took the fifth podium of his rookie season in the quarter litre class in third position, just ahead of Dovizioso.

To see highlights from each of the three races follow the video links on the left.

Tags:
250cc, 2007, Jorge Lorenzo

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