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Lorenzo on Brno podium, Rossi fourth again

Lorenzo on Brno podium, Rossi fourth again

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo fought hard today to take third on the podium at the bwin Grand Prix České republiky, with teammate Valentino Rossi taking fourth.

Reigning World Champion Lorenzo made an incredible start from fifth on the grid, overtaking the entire front row to take the hole-shot into turn one.

Although initially able to build a gap of just over a second, he soon had rivals Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa close behind in pursuit. Lorenzo was able to hold off the attack and continue leading the race until just seven laps remained, but eventually the Repsol Honda riders had too much for him and he finished third.

Lorenzo’s podium finish keeps him in third position in the world standings, 18 points behind Pedrosa in second.

“I think I had my best start in all my career in MotoGP, I took four positions and in the first laps I was really quick,” The title-holder said afterwards. “Eventually though I couldn’t keep the same distance to second place so little by little they caught me. Especially under braking and on the straights they were faster than me so I couldn't do much more.”

“The Championship is not lost yet but it’s now getting very difficult. We need just a few tenths to win the race so we have to pray for that at Silverstone,” Lorenzo concluded.

Rossi’s race proved to be a very similar experience to Indianapolis last weekend. He got up to fifth in the early stages and began a race long battle with Alvaro Bautista. The nine-time world champion would prove to be the victor again, making the crucial pass stick on the last lap.

The Italian explained, “Today was better than Indy, especially because my gap to the front is half what it was there. The first three guys are impressive, very strong; I want to stay closer to them. Unfortunately I was ten seconds back, another fourth place but I want to be closer so we have to work.”

MotoGP, 2013, bwin GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing

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