Lorenzo triumphs at Motegi

28 October 2013 - 06:41

Lorenzo triumphs at Motegi

In stark contrast to the sort of ruinous weather witnessed earlier on Friday, Sunday was to be a glorious day. And not just because it was bathed in sunlight, but also because of the one man who's fought like a real champion.

The pressure was on Jorge Lorenzo. A win here was desperately needed, and anything less than that would mean kissing goodbye to his crown. But right from the moment the lights went out, he shot off the line, rode right on the limit, and finished first, winning his seventh race of the season.

Marc Marquez was overtaken by Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa on the first corner itself, but he first found his way past his Repsol team-mate, and just as he was closing in on the Doctor, his job was made easier thanks to Rossi making a mistake at Turn 11 to let both Hondas by. The next lap, he repeated the same mistake at the same corner, and fell as low as eleventh, before finally finishing sixth.

For a while, it looked like Marquez had the measure of Lorenzo - the world champion was not even half a second from the rookie with over 10 laps to go - and it was only a matter of time before Marquez overtook him, but here, the inexperience showed. Marquez was late on the brakes, ran wide and gave up too much of a gap to Lorenzo. Eventually, he finished second, 3.1 seconds after the Yamaha had crossed the chequered flag.

Pedrosa seemed disinterested throughout, and his third place finish means little, as he is now out of the title race completely. Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl had an interesting battle for fourth place, but the German could not get past the Gresini rider.

Cal Crutchlow, having started the race in eleventh, took seventh, with team-mate Bradley Smith in eighth (started 13th) and Hayden and Dovizioso's Ducatis rounding off the top ten.

This is turning out to be a spectator's dream. For the first time since 2006, the championship battle has boiled down to the final race on the calendar. Lorenzo is now 13 points behind Marquez, and not only does the reigning champion need to win in his home country, he also needs MM93 to finish 5th or lower.

Two-horse race now. Who do you put your money on?

Race results:
1. Jorge Lorenzo
2. Marc Marquez
3. Dani Pedrosa
4. Alvaro Bautista
5. Stefan Bradl
6. Valentino Rossi
7. Cal Crutchlow
8. Bradley Smith
9. Nicky Hayden
10. Andrea Dovizioso
11. Katsuyuki Nakasuga
12. Colin Edwards
13. Randy De Puniet
14. Andrea Iannone
15. Yonny Hernandez
16. Hector Barbera
17. Hiroshi Aoyama
18. Danilo Petrucci
19. Michael Laverty
20. Claudio Corti
21. Damian Cudlin
22. Bryan Staring

Aleix Espargaro
Luca Scassa
Lukas Pesek

TAGS // moto gp, motogp, marc marquez, dani pedrosa, repsol honda, valentino rossi, jorge lorenzo, motegi

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