MUGELLO: xSpain’s Jorge Lorenzo won his third successive MotoGP on Sunday as he coasted home to take the Italian race on a Yamaha at Mugello.
The 28-year-old two-time world champion — who was winning three in a row for the fourth time in his career — beat home pole sitter Andrea Iannone of Italy on a Ducati with Italian legend Valentino Rossi third on another Yamaha claiming his 10th successive podium finish.
Rossi leads the world championship standings, but by only six points from Lorenzo.
Two-time defending world champion Marc Marquez failed to finish, crashing
out on his Honda with six laps remaining.
Lorenzo, world champion in 2010 and 2012, said that it was hard to judge if he was in the best form of his life.
“I’ve been in this sort of form in the past,” said Lorenzo. “But the bike is in great shape. I took control of the race with a brave overtaking of Dovizioso and even though I lacked some pace I had enough to win. I’ve won three races in a row before but now I want to make it four [Catalunya in a fortnight].”
Iannone — who adopted the nickname ‘maniac Joe’ — was delighted to have secured second spot especially as he is recovering still from a dislocated shoulder, although the first win in this category still eludes him.
“My head is strong, that is why I can ride like I do,” said Iannone. “Victory was too difficult because Jorge was so strong but I never give up and I pushed a lot.”
Published in The Express Tribune, June 1st, 2015.
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