Skip to main content

Lorenzo extends championship lead after cruising to Italian MotoGP win

July 15, 2012 -- Updated 1446 GMT (2246 HKT)
The 2010 world champion coasted to victory at the Mugello Circuit on Sunday to extend his championship lead to 19 points
The 2010 world champion coasted to victory at the Mugello Circuit on Sunday to extend his championship lead to 19 points
  • 2010 world champion now leads world championship by 19 points after win in Italy
  • Spaniard takes checkered flag ahead of compatriot Dani Pedrosa and Italy's Andrea Dovizioso
  • Reigning world champion Casey Stoner slips further behind Lorenzo in farewell season finishing down in eighth spot

(CNN) -- Spain's Jorge Lorenzo extended his overall championship lead to 19 points with a convincing win at the Italian MotoGP at the Mugello Circuit near Florence on Sunday.

Starting from second on the grid, the Yamaha rider quickly assumed control of the race passing his compatriot, Honda's Dani Pedrosa on the opening lap to lay the foundations for a comfortable victory.

"We made no mistakes all weekend. The start was tough but little by little I gained confidence and then when I opened a little gap I was able to relax and I cruised after that," Lorenzo said.

It was the fifth time this season that Lorenzo has taken the checkered flag and ends a run of two races without a win.

The start was tough but little by little I gained confidence and then when I opened a little gap I was able to relax and I cruised after that
Jorge Lorenzo

Pedrosa, who won his first race of the season in Germany last weekend, held on to take second place while home favorite Andrea Dovizioso took third.

"We did a good job in the race but it was very difficult with Jorge going at that pace," Pedrosa said.

"It was so difficult and I couldn't catch him. Overall, though, it is a good moment and let's try and keep it like this and push hard," the Spaniard added.

It wasn't such a happy day for Pedrosa's teammate, Casey Stoner.

The reigning world champion, who is set to retire at the end of the season finished down in eighth place, further denting his chances of finishing his career on a high.

The Australian now trails Lorenzo by 37 points at the halfway stage of the 2012 championship.

Lorenzo's fellow Yamaha rider, America's Ben Spies also had a disappointing day finishing down in 11th, but German rookie Stefan Bradl completed another promising ride to take fourth -- his best finish in MotoGP to date -- one place ahead of Nicky Hayden on the Ducati.

Part of complete coverage on
Track the buzz of the 2014 Formula One season, race by race, with all the latest social reaction from motorsport experts.
He's the best of the rest -- Daniel Ricciardo has been Formula One's surprise package in the first half of the 2014 season.
July 24, 2014 -- Updated 1135 GMT (1935 HKT)
Formula One is not likely to go hungry in Hungary as master chefs cater in volume for drivers, teams and VIP guests.
July 3, 2014 -- Updated 1443 GMT (2243 HKT)
It's the elephant in the room of Formula One. What's the prognosis legendary driver Michael Schumacher?
May 23, 2014 -- Updated 2310 GMT (0710 HKT)
It stimulates all five senses, creating an unparalleled experience for drivers and fans alike. Take a tour of Monaco with Mark Webber.
May 22, 2014 -- Updated 1233 GMT (2033 HKT)
To be a champion you must win a title -- but to become an F1 legend you must win races at Monaco, the calendar's most testing circuit.
May 21, 2014 -- Updated 1459 GMT (2259 HKT)
Caterham F1 reserve driver Alexander Rossi takes you on a tour of the Monaco racing circuit.
May 5, 2014 -- Updated 1238 GMT (2038 HKT)
The Formula One driver transcended his sport and even 20 years after his death, Ayrton Senna commands the adoration of fans worldwide.
May 1, 2014 -- Updated 1500 GMT (2300 HKT)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY IN ARABIC BY SUHEIL HOWAYEK: (FILES) Brazilian F1 driver Ayrton Senna adjusts his rear view mirror in the pits 01 May 1994 before the start of the San Marino Grand Prix. Senna died after crashing in the seventh lap. Some 45 drivers, including Senna and Canadian Gilles Villeneuve, have been killed during Formula One races whose tracks are dubbed by some as the 'circuits of death.' AFP PHOTO/JEAN-LOUP GAUTREAU (Photo credit should read JEAN-LOUP GAUTREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
F1's greatest racer was killed during the San Marino Grand Prix on May 1 1994. The sport hasn't been the same since.
April 30, 2014 -- Updated 1516 GMT (2316 HKT)
Just four F1 drivers turned up to Roland Ratzenberger's funeral after his death during qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix on April 30 1994.
April 25, 2014 -- Updated 1156 GMT (1956 HKT)
For a championship with a distinctly Iberian streak, it is no surprise that South America should be high on MotoGP's list of territories to conquer.
April 18, 2014 -- Updated 1113 GMT (1913 HKT)
Susie Wolff, pictured, will become the Formula One's first female competitor in 20 years when she takes part in the first practice sessions at the British and German grands prix in July.
Too weak. Can't handle the pressure. Susie Wolff has heard it all -- but she is determined to become the first female F1 driver in 20 years.