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Jorge Lorenzo wins MotoGP title

Lorenzo beats Pedrosa to MotoGP title after finishing in second in Australia

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UPDATED:

13:05 GMT, 28 October 2012

Jorge Lorenzo was crowned MotoGP world champion for the second time after finishing second at the Australian Prix Grand at Phillip Island.

The Yahama rider was beaten by home favourite Casey Stoner, who won on home soil for the sixth time in succession, but the Australian's Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, the only man who could deny Lorenzo the title, crashed out.

Britain's Cal Crutchlow finished third.

Just champion: Jorge Lorenzo celebrates winning the MotoGP title

Just champion: Jorge Lorenzo celebrates winning the MotoGP title

Lorenzo's second place helped him win back the title he first claimed in 2010 with one race of he season remaining.

The Spaniard, who went into the race with a 23-point advantage over compatriot Pedrosa at the head of the standings, started from second on the grid, but got the jump on pole-sitter Stoner into turn one.

Pedrosa, starting third, was hot in his rival's tail after also passing the Australian, who will retire at the end of the season.

Pedrosa soon passed Lorenzo and Stoner moved up to second on the home straight heading into lap two, but Pedrosa then paid the price for pushing too hard as he lost control of the back of his bike.

He was able to get back on, but the bike was too badly damaged and he was forced into the pits.

That left Lorenzo just needing to avoid any mistakes to take the title.

Battle: Casey Stoner won the race from Lorenzo in Australia

Battle: Casey Stoner won the race from Lorenzo in Australia

Stoner, looking to sign off in front of his home fans in style, pulled away to win by more than nine seconds ahead of Lorenzo.

Crutchlow won an entertaining battle for third place to take his second podium-finish of the season, with Italy's Andrea Dovizioso and Spain's Alvaro Bautista fourth and fifth respectively.

Lorenzo described the title win as 'so sweet'.

He told BBC Sport. 'I've been very patient and concentrating hard for so long and now the title has come.

'I was nervous in the last few laps. I almost crashed in turn two, but I brought it home.'

Pedrosa added: 'I was trying hard to win. Sometimes it goes your way, sometimes it doesn't.'

Cal Crutchlow close to earning first MotoGP pole

Crutchlow so close to earning first MotoGP pole of career

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UPDATED:

19:48 GMT, 29 September 2012

Britain's Cal Crutchlow was denied the first pole of his career in a dramatic finish to qualifying for Sunday's Aragon race in Spain.

With just three minutes left, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa upped their pace and demoted the Coventry rider to third.

He said: 'Hopefully another time.'

Going close: Cal Crutchlow powers round a bend during qualifying

Going close: Cal Crutchlow powers round a bend during qualifying

MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo wins Italian Grand Prix at Mugello

Lorenzo completes Italian job as Yamaha rider stretches lead at top after Mugello win

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UPDATED:

15:13 GMT, 15 July 2012

Jorge Lorenzo further increased his advantage at the top of the MotoGP standings with a convincing victory in the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.

The Spaniard (Yamaha) claimed his fifth victory in nine rounds this season after finishing over five seconds clear of countryman Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda), with Italian Andrea Dovizioso third on his Monster Yamaha.

Winning feeling: Yamaha MotoGP's Jorge Lorenzo (C) celebrates on the podium with second-placed Honda rider Dany Pedrosa (L) and third-placed Yamaha Andrea Dovizioso

Winning feeling: Yamaha MotoGP's Jorge Lorenzo (C) celebrates on the podium with second-placed Honda rider Dany Pedrosa (L) and third-placed Yamaha Andrea Dovizioso

Italian job: Lorenzo stretched his lead at the top of the standings

Italian job: Lorenzo stretched his lead at the top of the standings

The triumph means Lorenzo, who was also victorious at Mugello last year, now has 185 points in the overall standings at the midway point of the season, 19 clear of second-placed Pedrosa.

Reigning champion Casey Stoner of Australia, who has three victories to his name this season but could only finish eighth today, is in third spot on 148 points, with Dovizioso's fourth in 108.

Britain's Cal Crutchlow, who came home sixth on his Monster Yamaha, is fifth overall on 95.

Turning the corner: Britain's Cal Crutchlow came home in sixth place

Turning the corner: Britain's Cal Crutchlow came home in sixth place

Casey Stoner crashes on German MotoGP last lap

Slack Stoner hands title advantage to Lorenzo after last lap sip in Germany

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UPDATED:

14:47 GMT, 8 July 2012

Casey Stoner handed the initiative in the MotoGP championship to Jorge Lorenzo, crashing on the last lap of the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring as his Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa claimed his first win of the season.

The defending champion looked to have second place wrapped up and was pushing for the lead when he slid off the track with only a handful of corners to go.

Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory) came through to take second instead and establish a 14-point lead at the top of the standings, with Andrea Dovizioso (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) completing the podium.

Wheely good: Dani Pedrosa nicked in to claim victory in the German MotoGP

Wheely good: Dani Pedrosa nicked in to claim victory in the German MotoGP

Stoner dropped 20 points off the pace in the championship, with Pedrosa moving ahead of him into second spot.

Australian Stoner started the race on pole, but Pedrosa, starting from third, passed his team-mate to lead going into turn one.

Stoner soon hit the front again, though, and the pair continued to battle for the lead, while Ben Spies, who started from second on the grid, ran wide to let his team-mate Lorenzo into third place.

Spain's reign: Pedrosa capitalised on Casey Stoner's slip on the last lap

Spain's reign: Pedrosa capitalised on Casey Stoner's slip on the last lap

The Repsol Honda pair pulled further clear from the Spaniard as he tried to chase them down, but their thrilling neck-and-neck battle for the lead proved costly for Stoner as he crashed out.

Lorenzo, who had been well clear in third, followed Pedrosa home, while Dovizioso, who had made it past Spies, was next across the line.

Spies was fourth, with Stefan Bradl fifth, Valentino Rossi sixth and Alvaro Bautista, Cal Crutchlow, Hector Barbera and Nicky Hayden completing the top 10.

Lorenzo and Stoner went into the weekend tied for the championship lead after the Spaniard was taken out at the first corner at Assen last weekend and the Australian won.

And the Yamaha rider was grateful for the turnaround in fortunes.

He told BBC Sport: 'Things can change completely in two races. At Assen we have zero points and were very disappointed but then we have luck from Casey's crash today.

'I would have been happy to finish third as the bike was not so good, but we were lucky.'

MotoGP Casey Stoner grabs pole for German Grand Prix

Stoner holds his nerve to grab pole from Spies for German Grand Prix

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UPDATED:

16:06 GMT, 7 July 2012

World champion Casey Stoner mastered a drying track to take pole position for Sunday's German Grand Prix at Sachsenring.

The Australian took top spot with a
best time of one minute 31.796 seconds late in the session, which had
earlier been hit by heavy rainfall.

Slick: Casey Stoner

Slick: Casey Stoner

The Honda rider's late effort was enough to dislodge the Yamaha of Ben Spies from pole, the American forced to settle for second, around two tenths of a second slower.

Stoner's team-mate Dani Pedrosa took third place in 1min 32.081secs.

Yamaha Tech 3's Cal Crutchlow leads the way on row two, the Briton one place ahead of the second Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo, who is tied for the championship lead with Stoner on 140 points.

Big fans: Stoner's wife Adriana and daughter Alessandra

Big fans: Stoner's wife Adriana and daughter Alessandra

LCR Honda's German rider Stefan Bradl will start sixth, ahead of Ducati's Nicky Hayden, Crutchlow's team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, Valentino Rossi (Ducati) and Aspar's Aleix Espargaro.

The difficult conditions caught out a number of riders, with Michele Pirro, Danilo Petrucci, Mattia Pasini and Hector Barbera all crashing, although none sustained serious injury.

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Cal Crutchlow puts off ankle operation for MotoGP title tilt

Crutchlow delays op on injured ankle to continue MotoGP title tilt

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UPDATED:

18:52 GMT, 27 June 2012

Britain's Cal Crutchlow has put off an operation on his broken ankle to continue his MotoGP world championship challenge in Holland on Saturday.

The Yamaha rider, fourth in the championship, 74 points behind leader Jorge Lorenzo, rode in last weekend’s Silverstone race despite being injured in a crash in practice.

Dutch of class: Cal Crutchlow has committed to riding in Holland

Dutch of class: Cal Crutchlow has committed to riding in Holland

Moto GP leader Jorge Lorenzo wins British Grand Prix

Lorenzo wins British Grand Prix and extends lead over Stoner in the championship

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UPDATED:

13:51 GMT, 17 June 2012

Jorge Lorenzo extended his MotoGP World Championship lead over nearest rival Casey Stoner with a comfortable win in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Lorenzo, who this week signed a new two-year contract with Yamaha, eased to the win at the Northamptonshire circuit which put him 25 points ahead of reigning champion Stoner on the Repsol Honda.

The race was also a triumph for British rider Cal Crutchlow, who finished sixth despite starting from the back of the grid following a crash before qualifying on Saturday.

Winning feeling: Spain's Jorge Lorenzo celebrates his victory during the British Grand Prix and celebrates on the podium (below)

Winning feeling: Spain's Jorge Lorenzo celebrates his victory during the British Grand Prix and celebrates on the podium (below)

Jumping for joy: Jorge Lorenzo

Jumping for joy: Jorge Lorenzo

Crutchlow defied the pain from a badly sprained left ankle to beat a host of riders including Ducati's multiple world champion Valentino Rossi.

The British rider, who had started from 20th on the grid after spending most of Saturday in hospital getting his ankle checked out, said: 'I'm a little bit emotional, it's been a tough weekend.'

Crutchlow told BBC2: 'I'm pleased, we did a good job. It was a long day yesterday, they told me I wasn't allowed to ride at the hospital.

'It was a tough lot of laps and a shame I wasn't at the front of the grid because I would have been on the podium.'

The sixth place moved Crutchlow back up to fourth in the standings after his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team-mate Andrea Dovizioso pulled out when challenging for a podium spot.

Leading the way: Lorenzo extended his lead in the championship

Leading the way: Lorenzo extended his lead in the championship

Lorenzo had a poor start to the race and dropped back to sixth but gradually worked his way to the front where he battled with Stoner.

When Lorenzo made his move the lead changed hands five times in half a lap before the Yamaha man finally pulled away.

Lorenzo said: 'I was fifth or sixth (off the start) so I did not want to make mistakes and I had to wait (to close on the lead).

'Fighting with Casey, I enjoyed it a lot. This season is just perfect.'

Stoner held off team-mate Dani Pedrosa for third with pole man Alvaro Bautista just missing out on a podium spot on the San Carlo Gresini Honda.

Fifth went to Ben Spies on the second factory Yamaha ahead of Crutchlow, Nicky Hayden (Ducati), Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda), Rossi and Hector Barbera (Pramac Ducati).

The win moved Lorenzo 25 points clear of Stoner, who has 115 points. Pedrosa is third on 101 and Crutchlow fourth on 66.

Cal Crutchlow faces fitness fight for British MotoGP

Crutchlow injury curse strikes again on eve of British MotoGP

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UPDATED:

22:53 GMT, 16 June 2012

Cal Crutchlow will have further medical checks on an ankle injury on Sunday morning to decide if he can ride through the pain in the British MotoGP.

The 26-year-old from Coventry missed last year's race after breaking his left collarbone and the curse struck again on Saturday when he suffered a sprained left ankle following a high-speed crash in practice.

Ankle injury: Cal Crutchlow facing fitness battle

Ankle injury: Cal Crutchlow facing fitness battle

Britain's leading MotoGP rider was
unable to take part in qualifying, which means he would start the 20-lap
race from the back of the grid if he competes.

Crutchlow, fifth in the standings with four top-five places, had hoped to claim a maiden podium.

Team manager Herve Poncharal said:
'I'm really sorry for Cal, but even more sorry for the crowd. There is a
spell on British riders.'

Alvaro Bautista took a surprise first MotoGP pole position in the rain-affected qualifying session.

Despite the blow Crutchlow and his team are confident he will be cleared to race by medics at the circuit.

Scans revealed there was no break and he is already able to put weight on his left foot after doctors reduced the swelling around his heel and ankle.

Yamaha Tech 3 manager Herve Poncharal said: ‘We are very optimistic that Cal will be able to participate. We obviously hope he will be able to ride after the disappointment of last year when he was unable to start the race because he was injured. I know what it means for him to race in front of his home crowd.’

Moto GP: Dani Pedrosa takes pole position in Le Mans

Pedrosa clinches pole from Stoner in Le Mans Moto GP qualifying

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UPDATED:

14:55 GMT, 19 May 2012

Dani Pedrosa pipped Repsol Honda team-mate Casey Stoner to pole for Sunday's MotoGP round at Le Mans.

Drying conditions as the hour-long session unfolded allowed the Spaniard to clock one minute 33.638 seconds and take his first pole of the season – the fourth of his career at the French circuit.

Pipped: Dani Pedrosa beat his team-mate Casey Stoner to pole for Sunday's race

Pipped: Dani Pedrosa beat his team-mate Casey Stoner to pole for Sunday's race

Stoner came in second and Andrea Dovizioso third, his best grid position this season for Monster Yamaha Tech 3.

The Italian led the timesheets with five minutes remaining but Stoner ducked narrowly under his time, only for Pedrosa to power to pole in the closing stages.

The second row sees Yamaha Factory pair Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies sandwiching Dovizioso's fifth-placed team-mate Cal Crutchlow, who set the early pace in the wet but was unable to step up later in the session.

Focused: Pedrosa will have to concentrate if he is to win Sunday's race in Le Mans

Focused: Pedrosa will have to concentrate if he is to win Sunday's race in Le Mans

Valentino Rossi is seventh for Ducati ahead of Alvaro Bautista, who crashed out of a late flying lap on his San Carlo Honda Gresini. Karel Abraham completes row three.

Home favourite Randy de Puniet was 12th but his Power Electronics Aspar colleague Aleix Espargero was forced back to the pits by a mechanical problem.

The changing conditions accounted for LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl as he switched too early to slick tyres and crashed out.