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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.'

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

Dani Pedrosa pips Jorge Lorenzo and Hector Barbera to pole at Mugello MotoGP

Pedrosa pips Lorenzo and Barbera to pole at Mugello MotoGP

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UPDATED:

14:49 GMT, 14 July 2012

A track record lap earned pole position for Dani Pedrosa for the MotoGP Gran Premio D'Italia at Mugello.

The Spaniard powered his Repsol Honda around the three-and-a-quarter-mile circuit in one minute 47.284 seconds in the closing seconds of the session to pip compatriots Jorge Lorenzo and Hector Barbera to top spot.

Yamaha's Lorenzo had led the standings until that point but a mechanical problem which caused his bike to lose power prevented him from completing his final flying lap.

The man to beat: Pedrosa

The man to beat: Pedrosa

Barbera, riding for Pramac Racing, claimed his first front row grid position since stepping up to MotoGP in 2010.

American Nicky Hayden (Ducati) edged out Pedrosa's Australian team-mate Casey Stoner for fourth place while Monster Yamaha pair Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso were separated by just two hundredths of a second in the battle for sixth.

The Briton won the battle despite a crash, Italian Dovizioso narrowly avoiding the same fate late on while pushing for a place on the second row.

Stefan Bradl (Honda) is eighth ahead of Ben Spies, who crashed his Yamaha in the same spot as Crutchlow on turn 12. Valentino Rossi could only manage 10th place for Ducati.

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.'

Assen victory sees Stoner pull level with Lorenzo in MotoGP title race

Assen victory sees Stoner pull level with Lorenzo in MotoGP title race

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UPDATED:

15:56 GMT, 30 June 2012

Casey Stoner drew level with Jorge Lorenzo in the MotoGP title race after winning the Dutch Grand Prix in Assen.

Lorenzo saw his 25-point championship lead wiped out by Stoner after he was taken out by Alvaro Bautista on the first corner of the race.

Stoner started from pole position and held off his Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa to win, with Andrea Dovizioso claiming third place after overtaking Ben Spies on the final lap.

Victory salute: Casey Stoner triumphed in Assen

Victory salute: Casey Stoner triumphed in Assen

The Australian drew level with Lorenzo on 140 points in the MotoGP title standings with Pedrosa third on 121 and Britain's Cal Crutchlow fourth with 77.

Crutchlow, racing two weeks after breaking his ankle, was hampered by the early crash and dropped back to 15th place but he recovered well to finish fifth.

Stoner told BBC Sport after his third win of the season: 'I didn't see that Lorenzo had crashed as I was focused on the fight at the front but what a difference a day makes.

'I had a big crash in practice on Friday but we managed to pull through for the race. Today has worked out perfectly for me.'

Fuming: Jorge Lorenzo walked away from his bike after this crash

Fuming: Jorge Lorenzo walked away from his bike after this crash

Lorenzo was left furious with Bautista for the collision, an incident which has been placed under investigation by race officials.

Stoner later Tweeted: 'I feel sorry for @lorenzo99 he doesn't deserve that to happen and I don't want points that way. Thanks for everyone's support today!!'

The two Honda riders dominated the race and Stoner took the lead from Pedrosa with 10 laps remaining.

Some of the most exciting action came from watching Crutchlow pick his way through the field and then battle past Hector Barbera, Valentino Rossi and then Nicky Hayden to finish a creditable fifth.

Dovizioso caught up with Spies with three laps remaining and the pair were involved a thrilling tussle for the final podium position.

Dovizioso made his move heading into turn one of the final lap and then held his advantage to claim third place.

MotoGP 2012: Jorge Lorenzo wins Cataluyna Grand Prix

Lorenzo savours Spanish homecoming after winning Cataluyna Grand Prix

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UPDATED:

14:00 GMT, 3 June 2012

Spain's Jorge Lorenzo delighted his home fans as he extended his lead in the MotoGP World Championship standings with a battling victory in the Catalunya Grand Prix.

The Yamaha rider started from second place behind title rival Casey Stoner but was pushed hardest for the victory by the Australian's Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, who profited from a dream getaway at the start to take a well-earned second place.

With Stoner finishing fourth, Lorenzo extended his lead in the riders' standings to 20 points heading into the British round at Silverstone in a fortnight.

Champagne supernova: Jorge Lorenzo soaks up his win in Spain alongside Andrea Dovizioso (L) and Dani Pedrosa

Champagne supernova: Jorge Lorenzo soaks up his win in Spain alongside Andrea Dovizioso (L) and Dani Pedrosa

Tech 3 Yamaha's Andrea Dovizioso produced a sterling ride to claim the final podium place a fraction ahead of Stoner, with the Italian's British team-mate Cal Crutchlow having to settle for fifth after starting the race from a career-best third place.

'It was a very tough race. It was hot and very complicated,' Lorenzo told BBC Sport.

'I waited my opportunity. With Dani he raced very close and I didn't want to touch him, so I waited for one mistake from him to take my opportunity.'

Silver lining: Lorenzo celebrates his victory on home soil

Silver lining: Lorenzo celebrates his victory on home soil

Pole-sitter Stoner, Lorenzo and Crutchlow failed to make their most of their front-row berths at the start as Pedrosa and the second factory Yamaha of Ben Spies blasted through to lead the pack into turn one.

Spies, who is under pressure to turn in better performances at Yamaha, attempted to take the lead on lap three but ran wide and ended on his side in the gravel.

The American mounted a solid recovery ride to take 10th at the flag, although a podium was surely there for the taking had he made the pass stick.

The race instead came down to a straight duel between Pedrosa and Lorenzo, the two Spaniards putting on a great show for their fans at the Barcelona circuit.

On track: Lorenzo battled the hot conditions to secure victory

On track: Lorenzo battled the hot conditions to secure victory

Lorenzo got the run on Pedrosa to take the lead on the entry to the first turn on lap seven but the Honda man was able to hit the front again with 14 laps remaining.

Lorenzo ran wide to allow Dovizioso to briefly threaten his hold on second, but the 2010 champion pulled clear of the Italian and with six laps to go passed Pedrosa to take the lead for good and his third win in five races this season.

Pedrosa, who now trails Lorenzo by 30 points in the standings, admitted his frustration at failing to register his first win of the campaign.

Revved up: Britain's Cal Crutchlow hasd to settle for fifth place on board his Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Revved up: Britain's Cal Crutchlow hasd to settle for fifth place on board his Monster Yamaha Tech 3

'I had some issues at the end. I wanted to be faster and I expected to be better,' he told BBC Sport.

'I did my best in the middle of the race, tried to attack, came back strong because he pushed me wide in the first turn.

'I'm a little bit disappointed today. I wanted to win pretty bad.'

Alvaro Bautista (Honda Gresini) took sixth place ahead of the Ducati of Valentino Rossi, the LCR Honda of Stefan Bradl and the second Ducati of Nicky Hayden.

Stoner eclipses local hero Lorenzo to grab pole at Catalunya Grand Prix

Stoner eclipses local hero Lorenzo to grab pole at Catalunya Grand Prix

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UPDATED:

16:13 GMT, 2 June 2012

Casey Stoner saw off championship leader Jorge Lorenzo to take pole position for Sunday's Catalunya Grand Prix.

The 26-year-old, a winner on the
track a year ago, set a fastest time of one minute 41.295 seconds on his
Ducati, edging out Lorenzo, who currently leads the title race by eight
points.

Pole position: Casey Stoner

Pole position: Casey Stoner

Home favourite Lorenzo was a place ahead of Yamaha team-mate Cal Crutchlow – the Briton matching his best-ever starting spot – with Ben Spies fourth and Dani Pedrosa fifth.

Pedrosa ran off the track in his hot lap and was unable to get any momentum going after that, while early qualifying leader Andrea Dovizioso will start in sixth.

Head start: Valentino Rossi adjusts his helmet in the pits

Head start: Valentino Rossi adjusts his helmet in the pits

Nicky Hayden will be seventh, holding off Stefan Bradl in eighth. Valentino Rossi will begin in ninth and Alvaro Bautista makes up the top 10.

Crutchlow's performance was one of the most eye-catching of the day, though, and in a week when he has been linked with a move to a factory team for next year, he admitted his happiness at his performance.

'I am really happy to be back on the front row again and it feels great considering this is only the second time I have been to this track. I expected to be up there challenging but wasn't sure where,' he said. 'It proves again that I've got the raw speed and consistency and now I am really looking forward to the race.'

Stoner`s pole means that he is perfectly placed to try and snaffle the lead from Lorenzo.

Retiring at the end of the season, every race is a special one for the New South Welshman, and he said: 'Catalunya is one of my favourite races and it was the first major grand prix circuit I tested on.

'Ever since that moment, I fell in love with the track – the big fast sweeping corners. There's a lot of control in the middle of the turn trying to get grip for the exit.'

Jorge Lorenzo wins MotoGP in Le Mans

Lorenzo back on top after riding to MotoGP victory in the wet at Le Mans

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UPDATED:

15:15 GMT, 20 May 2012

Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo returned to the top of the MotoGP standings after an impressive performance in testing conditions at Le Mans.

The 2010 world champion continued his fine to start to the season by claiming victory in the rain at the French Grand Prix to follow up his opening-day success in Qatar and his second-placed finishes at Spain and Portugal.

The Yamaha Factory Racing rider finished almost 10 seconds ahead of Italian star Valentino Rossi, who recorded his best result since 2010 by taking second on the hitherto troublesome Ducati.

Triomphe: Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo celebrates on the podium at Le Mans

Triomphe: Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo celebrates on the podium at Le Mans

Rossi finished third in France last year – his best result of the 2011 season.

Third spot was claimed by reigning champion Casey Stoner, who on Thursday surprised the sport by announcing he would be retiring at the end of the season.

The 26-year-old Australian had won the last two races in Spain and Portugal but he lost top spot in the overall standings to Lorenzo following the race, with the Spaniard now eight points clear at the summit.

Wet, wet, wet: Lorenzo (centre) leads the pack at the start of the MotoGP

Wet, wet, wet: Lorenzo (centre) leads the pack at the start of the MotoGP

In third spot overall is Lorenzo's countryman Dani Pedrosa, who pipped Stoner for pole but could only finish fourth and is now 17 points behind the Repsol Honda rider in the classification.

Britain's Cal Crutchlow and his Tech 3 Yamaha team-mate Andrea Dovizioso had to settle for eighth and seventh places respectively after both suffered falls while battling for a podium place with Rossi.

Casey Stoner wins Portuguese MotoGP

Stoner wins Portuguese MotoGP to move top of the standings

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UPDATED:

16:34 GMT, 6 May 2012

Casey Stoner took another commanding victory at Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix to move to the head of the MotoGP riders' standings after three rounds.

After his triumph in Spain last time out, Stoner made it two wins in a week aboard the factory Honda as he led all the way from pole position at Estoril.

The Australian came home just 1.4 seconds clear of Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo, while Stoner's team-mate Dani Pedrosa was third.

Winner: Casey Stoner (right) with Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa

Winner: Casey Stoner (right) with Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa

Despite appearing in control of the race, Stoner admitted he had struggled for a number of laps and was relieved to see the chequered flag.

'I was under pressure throughout the race. I felt good on the first few laps but then we had severe chattering with the bike,' Stoner told BBC Sport.

'In the middle laps I didn't feel confident and I couldn't push.

'I just tried to keep Jorge behind me, we were lucky to hold on for the win in the end.'

Bend: Casey Stoner ahead of Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo

Bend: Casey Stoner ahead of Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo

Lorenzo remained upbeat despite playing
second fiddle to Stoner for the second time in seven days, and the
Spaniard admits improvements need to be made ahead of the next round at
Le Mans in two weeks' time.

'I'm happy with this second position because I was expecting to fight for third or fourth and not the victory,” said Lorenzo, who won the season opener in Qatar and trails Stoner by a point in the standings.

Podium: Stoner (centre) celebrates on the podium with Jorge Lorenzo (left) who finished in second position, Pedrosa, third

Podium: Stoner (centre) celebrates on the podium with Jorge Lorenzo (left) who finished in second position, Pedrosa, third

'The bike improved a lot from practice so it was possible. We are just one point behind Casey, hopefully we can improve something on the bike tomorrow and be in front again.'

Fourth and fifth went to the Tech 3 Yamaha team, with Andrea Dovizioso finishing ahead of Britain's Cal Crutchlow.

Alvaro Bautista (Gresini Honda) and Valentino Rossi (Ducati) took sixth and seventh, with Lorenzo's team-mate Ben Spies a disappointing eighth.