15 September 2013 - 13:17
Lorenzo registers dominant win at the San Marino GP
What do you call a race where the race leader wins with a lead of over three seconds? Boring? Lopsided?
Jorge Lorenzo calls it 'perfect'.
Today's San Marino GP was perfect for him to the T, and beyond. He had a start that left Pedrosa, Marquez, Rossi and pretty much everyone else biting dust. At the first corner, Lorenzo led, with Pedrosa having gone past his team-mate who had a poor start. Aleix Espargaro's false start meant he was in fourth, ahead of Rossi even. But it was Lorenzo who was really making his mark on the race right from the onset.
Only a quarter of the laps had been dealt with, by when Lorenzo had already put in a gap of over two seconds between himself and Pedrosa. Pedrosa himself was being chased down by Marquez, but the rookie ran wide after almost touching Pedrosa's rear wheel while attempting an overtake manoeuvre. Rossi zipped past happily, but Marquez's race was far from over.
He first sped past Rossi to reclaim third place. By that time, Pedrosa was trying to cut Lorenzo's lead down to something more chaseable, and had distanced himself from #93. About a dozen laps to go, Marquez caught up with Pedrosa and made his way past him.
It was more of a psychological battle for Pedrosa, for if he gave up here, he might as well have forgotten about keeping his championship hopes alive. Fight back he did, snatching second from Marquez in a move similar to the one the rookie pulled on Rossi, but he could not keep it for long, as Marquez plucked it back with only a few laps to go.
Lorenzo had nothing to do with all of this action going on at the back. If he was gritty in Silverstone, he was sublime at Misano today with his third consecutive win at the venue. He had built up a lead so substantial by the end of the race, he'd actually started celebrating long before he crossed the finish line. The seamless 'box worked perfectly for Yamaha today, but Rossi will be a little disappointed. He was good all weekend, but all he could do was finish a lonely fourth today.
The only real battle on the last lap was being fought by Cal Crutchlow and Stefan Bradl, with the German speeding past the Brit at the start of the final lap, and staying there till the end. Cal was happy to finish sixth, and rightly so, having endured another tough weekend. Bautista, Dovizioso, Hayden and Pirro formed the top ten, and Espargaro, having invited a ride-through penalty for his overly optimistic start, still managed to finish 13th.
Lorenzo made one thing clear today - with his updated Yamaha, he will fight tooth, nail and whatever else he can to defend his title. Marquez was far from flawless this weekend, and with Pedrosa virtually out of the race for the title, it will be #93 vs #99 for the remaining five races. Marquez still leads Lorenzo by 34, and JL will have to win just about every race from here on. The next race, in his own country, wouldn't be a bad place to begin with...
1. Jorge Lorenzo
2. Marc Marquez
3. Dani Pedrosa
4. Valentino Rossi
5. Stefan Bradl
6. Cal Crutchlow
7. Alvaro Bautista
8. Andrea Dovizioso
9. Nicky Hayden
10. Michele Pirro
11. Bradley Smith
12. Colin Edwards
13. Aleix Espargaro
14. Hiroshi Aoyama
15. Danilo Petrucci
16. Claudio Corti
17. Randy De Puniet
18. Michael Laverty