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Jorge Lorenzo was back on top in Mugello, besting Marc Marquez is a jaw-dropping final lap battle.
Starting in fifth place, Jorge Lorenzo made a perfect start and led the MotoGP™ World Championship into Turn 1. The Majorcan had pressure applied from the first lap, Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) sniffing for a way past during the first half of the race. Rossi launched several attacks into Turn 1 but Lorenzo remained strong on the brakes and fended off all of Rossi’s advancess. Their battle continued to heat up until on lap eight when Rossi’s engine had a problem and he retired.
The pressure didn’t end for Lorenzo as Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was on his back as soon as Rossi departed. Marquez stalked him, occasionally launching an attack to make sure Lorenzo knew he was there. It all came down to the last lap, Marquez seizing an early advantage before Lorenzo pulled out a move from his 250cc days in the final sector of the track. His move wasn’t enough and Marquez led out of the final corner, Lorenzo tucking in as tight as he could behind Marquez to get the better drive. A photo finish would decide it, 0.019s splitting the two Spaniards as Lorenzo took his third win of the year.
Lorenzo leaves Mugello with 115 points, now 10 clear of Marquez and 37 points ahead of Rossi. The championship now has a week off before round seven in Barcelona, Lorenzo’s home race. A great comeback after his engine troubles in Warm Up.
Jorge Lorenzo: “The pace wasn’t very fast so I couldn’t escape like I wanted, Marquez stayed strong all the race and I used a lot of energy to go at the front in the race I thought Marquez would have more energy at the end when he passed me. I thought to stay in second place and take the points but finally I remembered a little bit 2005 when I was in 250 and I passed De Angelis in this corner in the last chicane for second and I thought maybe I could do the same. I tried a crazy move and it was okay but I was going right in the second corner of the chicane. Finally my bike was quite fast and I could get past Marc for an unexpected victory.”
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