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Lorenzo Land leads again

 Lorenzo Land leads again

Two and a half years later, Jorge Lorenzo leads the MotoGP™ World Championship once more.

For the first time since Qatar 2013 Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) leads the MotoGP™ World Championship. With 211 points he is tied with teammate Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) but has an edge due to taking five wins to Rossi’s three. His win at the bwin Grand Prix České republiky is the first for Lorenzo and Yamaha since 2010 and it marks a clear shift in the championship tide.

Lorenzo dominated Brno. He decimated the pole position record on Saturday and on Sunday produced a faultless race, leading from flag to flag. It was classic Lorenzo. Of his last 27 pole starts Lorenzo has always been able to produce a podium finish. When left to his own devices Lorenzo is a force to be reckoned with, smooth and inch perfect lap after lap. Each of Lorenzo’s five victories in 2015 have seen him lead from the first to the last lap.

Every MotoGP™ bike and rider has a variety of strengths and weakness, requiring slightly different lines around a track to be most effective. For Lorenzo and his Movistar Yamaha M1 fast and flowing lines with high corner speeds produce the best results, playing to Lorenzo’s classically smooth 250cc style. This has been true for many seasons, not just 2015. This year and especially in the past, Lorenzo has struggled when trying to get past other riders as he has not been able to take his nor the Yamaha’s preferred lines, his lap times suffering severely.

The race in Brno perfectly demonstrated this, with Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) unable to pass or even attack Lorenzo, the Mallorcan was able to steadily increase his lead to eventually open an insurmountable gap. To beat Lorenzo your race start must be perfect, something neither Rossi nor Marquez managed in Brno.

Despite being tied on points, Lorenzo leads on virtue of wins. Rossi has not once finished off the podium this season but has only claimed three victories. With both Rossi and Lorenzo so consistent, each with only one crash during practice so far in 2015, more than consistency is needed to win a championship as it now looks to be wins themselves that will decide the title. In years past riders would be allowed two or three crashes a season before their title looked in doubt, then just one crash, now even stepping off the podium can be catastrophic.

Perhaps what should worry Rossi the most are not Lorenzo’s number of wins, but the precedent of Brno. The last five years have seen the points leader from Brno go on to claim the MotoGP™ World Championship. Rossi has already shown that age isn’t a factor, now he aims to show that Brno isn’t a foreshadowing.

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