Lorenzo storms through for Brno win

Eurosport - Sun, 15 Aug 13:46:00 2010

World Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo leapt from third on the grid to take a lead he would not relinquish in dominating the Czech Republic MotoGP at Brno.

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Poleman Dani Pedrosa, second in the standings, was runner-up but fell away from his Spanish compatriot in the second half of the race. The Repsol Honda rider now has 158 points to Lorenzo's 235.

Ducati's Casey Stoner completed the podium with Yamaha Tech 3 rider Ben Spies fourth ahead of Valentino Rossi on the second factory Yamaha.

"It was very difficult because yesterday (in qualifying) I crashed," Rossi's team-mate Lorenzo, eyeing a first premier class championship, said.

"When my mechanics showed me the bike, I thought I could get away (at the start) and tried it - and it worked."

Spies, second on the grid, did not have the pace to trouble Pedrosa after he passed him early in the race. Nine laps in the American was the victim of a clean move by Stoner, who also moved away with ease.

Five laps before that Andrea Dovizioso slid his Repsol Honda down the racing line and had to dodge several bikes as they shot past. Thankfully the incident passed without any further crashes, although the Italian had to retire a lap or so later with the bike damaged.

Rossi had the pace to reclaim his starting spot of fifth after dropping back to eighth spot on the opening lap, but was over four seconds off Spies by the end with Nicky Hayden a good nine seconds behind him in sixth.

There were no positional changes in the latter half of the race among the top seven, with everyone well spaced, although behind them a battle raged among the non-Tech 3 satellite riders.

Marco Melandri eventually claimed eighth just ahead of Hector Barbera, with Randy de Puniet and Marco Simoncelli following close by.

Loris Capirossi was an early casualty in the race but the most devastating retirement of the day has to go to Alvaro Bautista, who leant too far over on the final corner and slid sideways into the gravel.

Jonathan Symcox / Eurosport

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