Misano MotoGP: Lorenzo takes commanding win ahead of Marquez

Jorge Lorenzo claimed a second consecutive MotoGP victory to close the gap on championship leader Marc Marquez

Misano MotoGP: Lorenzo takes commanding win ahead of Marquez

The Spaniard came home second after prevailing in a tense fight with Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, while Valentino Rossi picked up a fourth consecutive fourth-place finish.

The tone of the race was set at the start, as Lorenzo once again put the hammer down and escaped out front, building a lead of more than two seconds over the opening two laps.

Poleman Marquez went the other way, losing out to Pedrosa away from the line and then also dropping behind Rossi when he ran too deep into Turn 8 early on.

For a while the top four stayed in that order, Pedrosa checking Lorenzo at 2.5s, before Marquez initiated a charge at the half-way mark.

He first passed Rossi with a typically bold move at Turn 10 before racing away from the Italian and onto the back of Pedrosa, whom he picked off at Turn 2.

Pedrosa though was able to stick with Marquez and with six laps to go launched his own attack, repassing him at Turn 10.

His advantage lasted all of four turns before Marquez surged back ahead with a block pass, and this time he was able to break Pedrosa and settle the fight in his favour.

Lorenzo though was untouchable, and as the Hondas battled his relentless pace earned him a dominant margin out front. He was able to celebrate victory on his final lap.

Rossi eventually finished a lonely fourth, in stark contrast to a fight for fifth which raged for the entire race.

There was nothing to choose between satellite riders Cal Crutchlow and Stefan Bradl throughout, with the Briton leading the German from the first lap to the start of the last.

Bradl found a way through on that final tour however to steal fifth by just two tenths of a second.

Alvaro Bautista had a quiet ride to seventh, while Andrea Dovizioso finally defeated Ducati stable-mate Nicky Hayden in the scrap for eighth.

Marquez now leads Lorenzo by 34 points with fives races to run, with Pedrosa a further five points back in third.

Results - 28 laps:

Pos Rider             Bike                    Time/Gap
 1. Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                  44m05.522s
 2. Marc Marquez      Honda                      +3.379s
 3. Dani Pedrosa      Honda                      +7.368s
 4. Valentino Rossi   Yamaha                    +15.062s
 5. Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda                 +22.355s
 6. Cal Crutchlow     Tech 3 Yamaha             +22.599s
 7. Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda             +31.059s
 8. Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati                    +42.702s
 9. Nicky Hayden      Ducati                    +44.858s
10. Michele Pirro     Pramac Ducati             +47.818s
11. Bradley Smith     Tech 3 Yamaha             +48.011s
12. Colin Edwards     Forward FTR-Kawasaki    +1m03.154s
13. Aleix Espargaro   Aspar Aprilia           +1m07.600s
14. Hiroshi Aoyama    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki    +1m15.528s
15. Danilo Petrucci   Ioda-Suter-BMW          +1m17.907s
16. Claudio Corti     Forward FTR-Kawasaki    +1m29.655s
17. Randy de Puniet   Aspar Aprilia           +1m33.990s
18. Michael Laverty   PBM-Aprilia             +1m36.860s

Retirements:

   Bryan Staring     Gresini FTR-Honda        24 laps
   Hector Barbera    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki     21 laps
   Yonny Hernandez   PBM Aprilia               9 laps
   Karel Abraham     Cardion Aprilia           7 laps
   Andrea Iannone    Pramac Ducati             3 laps
   Lukas Pesek       Ioda-Suter-BMW            3 laps

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