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Premier class Assen win completes Lorenzo trio

Premier class Assen win completes Lorenzo trio

The Fiat Yamaha rider’s fourth win of 2010 extended his World Championship lead to 47 points, and he joined a group of elite riders in having won in three or more different classes at the Dutch track.

Jorge Lorenzo’s grip on top spot in the World Championship standings was tightened further with victory at the TIM TT Assen on Saturday, as the Fiat Yamaha rider extended his advantage to 47 points.

Finishing almost three seconds ahead of Dani Pedrosa – who now sits behind him in the overall standings – Lorenzo secured his first premier class win at the historic Dutch track, having won twice in the 250cc class and once in the 125cc category there.

“I am really happy that I have won here in all three classes because it's such a historic place and the football I had in Parc Ferme was to celebrate this ‘hat-trick’!” said Lorenzo, who joined Jim Redman, Mike Hailwood, Valentino Rossi, Phil Read, Luigi Taveri and Dieter Braun in the record books as one of the riders to have won in three or more classes at the Dutch TT, and on its 80th anniversary as well.

Assessing the race Lorenzo explained that he was made to work hard for his victory as Pedrosa hunted him down, whilst the decision to go with the harder rear Bridgestone tyre (fellow podium finishers Pedrosa and Casey Stoner had the medium option) paid off.

"This race was a bit more difficult than Silverstone because Dani was so fast with the softer tyre early on in the race and I had to really keep my concentration to stay in front of him at that point,” said Lorenzo. “I was confident that my harder Bridgestone tyre would help me later on and this was the case, so we made the right choice. It wasn't easy though and at the end I was sliding quite a lot, in fact I made a mistake at the chicane and nearly crashed so I was quite glad to finish!”

In just eight days Lorenzo will be going for victory again at the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya, and he is eager to please his home crowd.

“Thanks to all my Yamaha guys and also to Bridgestone for this win, we have a big lead in the Championship so we can afford to stay calm and relaxed,” he added. “Now we go to my home in Barcelona and I am excited about another chance to race in front of the Spanish fans."

Having been the sole Fiat Yamaha rider for the last three races now, Lorenzo will be joined by injured team-mate Valentino Rossi’s stand-in Wataru Yoshikawa at Catalunya.

MotoGP, 2010, TIM TT ASSEN, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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