WRC Italy, Barcelona MotoGP


By: Matt Beer, Jack Benyon, David Evans, AUTOSPORT staff, Mark Glendenning, Peter Mills, Alex Kalinauckas


Status: Stopped
09:26 That's it for AUTOSPORT Race Centre Live for this weekend.

Keep an eye on our news pages for all the Le Mans, MotoGP and WRC follow-up news over the coming days, plus IndyCar and NASCAR race reports later today.

Our live coverage resumes with Austrian Grand Prix Formula 1 practice on Friday morning.
09:00 MotoGP - Barcelona: Lorenzo and his lime green sunglasses arrive on the top step of the podium between Rossi and Lorenzo.
08:56 FR3.5 - Hungaroring: Notification has come through from race officials that no action will be taken against today's winner Oliver Rowland.

The Fortec driver was being investigated for a possible yellow flag infringement.
08:55 MotoGP - Barcelona: We try to avoid comparisons between motorsport categories because they're divisive and invariably juvenile, but it's always fun to see how chilled MotoGP is about getting its riders rounded up for the podium. Celebrations and Yamaha poses still going on in parc ferme now that Lorenzo's finally made it back from his flag-planting ceremony.
08:51 MotoGP - Barcelona: Pretty quiet scenes in the Suzuki pit that was so ecstatic yesterday. Just sixth for Vinales and Espargaro in the gravel.

It was pretty extraordinary how much ground that pair lost off the line, they were virtually outside the top 10 by Turn 1.
08:49 MotoGP - Barcelona: Lorenzo traditionally puts a 'Lorenzo's Land' flag in the gravel when he wins. Recently asphalt run-off areas and flimsy flag poles have hampered his efforts.

He's sorted for Barcelona - his fan club provide a comedy oversized mallet with his logo on it. Nice work.
08:48 MotoGP - Barcelona: Plenty of hugs for Iannone as he gets back to the Ducati garage. No repeat of the Mugello podium but fourth for a man who was in Q1 at a not-great-for-the-bike track will do.
08:47 MotoGP - Barcelona - result:

1 Lorenzo
2 Rossi
3 Pedrosa
4 Iannone
5 Smith
6 Vinales
7 Redding
8 Bradl
9 Petrucci
10 Bautista
11 Miller
12 Laverty
13 Baz
14 di Meglio
15 de Angelis
16 Barbera

Out: A Espargaro, Hayden, Melandri, Dovizioso, Marquez, Crutchlow, Hernandez
Didn't start: Abraham
08:44 MotoGP - Barcelona: Third place for Pedrosa but he's a full 18.5s away from the Yamahas as he returns to the podium for the first time since November 2014.
08:44 MotoGP - Barcelona: Lorenzo claims his fourth MotoGP victory in a row by 0.885s to bring the championship deficit down to just one point.
08:43 MotoGP - Barcelona: Lorenzo has a few little slides and goes onto the final lap with just a 1.067s lead over Rossi but the Italian really does have to do something beyond miraculous to pinch this now.
08:40 MotoGP - Barcelona: Two laps left and despite Rossi's determined efforts Lorenzo still stubbornly leads by 1.326s.
08:38 MotoGP - Barcelona: Espargaro's exit moves Iannone and Smith into fourth and fifth.
08:37 MotoGP - Barcelona: Poleman Aleix Espargaro crashes! Suzuki has lost its fourth place.

He's walking away very frustrated with himself.

Rossi remains 1.364s behind Lorenzo with four laps to go.
08:35 MotoGP - Barcelona: Just thousandths of a second in it at every sector point on this lap. That time around Rossi is still quicker, but only by 0.016s. Five laps left.
08:34 MotoGP - Barcelona: Maybe this is going to come alive - Rossi takes 0.4s off Lorenzo on that lap and he's now within 1.3s of his race-leading team-mate with six laps left.
08:32 MotoGP - Barcelona: There's another Brit in a big battle just up the road too, as Smith tries to fend off Iannone for fifth. But the Ducati gets through at Turn 1 and sets off after Espargaro.

In the lead, Rossi still can't get closer than 1.7s to Lorenzo with seven laps left.
08:29 MotoGP - Barcelona: Wonderful stuff from Redding and Vinales in their battle for seventh. The two young guns both brake wildly late for Turn 1 and disappear down the run-off in unison.

As they reach Turn 4, the Suzuki gets the spot for now at least.
08:25 MotoGP - Barcelona: Pedrosa in third and Aleix Espargaro in fourth are getting pretty lonesome now.

Smith is holding off Iannone for fifth, Redding is resisting Vinales for seventh.
08:24 MotoGP - Barcelona: Rossi just grabbed a couple of tenths back from Lorenzo's lead, though.
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