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“Special” win adds to Lorenzo tally

“Special” win adds to Lorenzo tally

The Fiat Yamaha rider took his fifth victory of the season at Catalunya, and admitted it was an extra sweet one after missing out on top spot last season.

Jorge Lorenzo leads the MotoGP World Championship standings by 52 points after his fifth win of the 2010 season on Sunday, when he delighted his home crowd with another strong display. The Fiat Yamaha rider’s third consecutive win from pole position continued his stunning form, which has propelled him clear at the top of the classification.

Last season Lorenzo was involved in the battle of the year with team-mate Valentino Rossi as he finished second in a thrilling encounter, and he admitted that his first premier class win at Montmeló on Sunday had an extra special feel.

"This is very special,” said the 23 year-old. “After losing so closely last year I was happy but not completely so and today I can say I am completely happy, winning here at my home race.”

Lorenzo was involved in a fight with Andrea Dovizioso early in the race, with Casey Stoner also close on his tail. The Italian crashed out on lap 14 however as he pushed to keep up with Lorenzo, leaving the race winner with over a five-second advantage on Dani Pedrosa who finished second.

“It was very difficult today because it was so hot and the front tyre was sliding a lot. I thought I was going to have a big battle with Dovizioso because he was pushing very hard but then he crashed and I was alone; it was lucky for me because then I was able to take it more gently to the finish,” said Lorenzo, who went on to explain that he was also very pleased with how controlled his ride was.

“I think I rode a clever race today. I am so grateful to my team and to everyone at Yamaha and Bridgestone because they are working so hard to make our bike competitive at every track. I also want to say thank you to all the fans that came to watch today, it is a great feeling for me to win here in front of them all,” he concluded.

MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMI APEROL DE CATALUNYA, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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