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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.'

Jorge Lorenzo wins San Marino Grand Prix

Lorenzo storms to win at San Marino Grand Prix as rival Pedrosa crashes out

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UPDATED:

17:00 GMT, 16 September 2012

Jorge Lorenzo's world championship hopes enjoyed a huge boost as he claimed victory at Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix at Misano while nearest challenger Dani Pedrosa crashed out.

Yamaha rider Lorenzo enjoyed an unflustered run to the flag after the Repsol Honda of Pedrosa was involved in a collision with Hector Barbera in the opening lap.

Lorenzo now leads the way in the championship by 38 points from Pedrosa with five races remaining.

Winner: Yamaha rider jorge Lorenzo gave his world championship bid a boost with a win in San Marino

Winner: Yamaha rider jorge Lorenzo gave his world championship bid a boost with a win in San Marino

Pedrosa qualified fastest on Saturday but was unable to line up on pole after he suffered a locked wheel on the grid before the start, which had already been delayed by five minutes after Karel Abraham stalled his Ducati.

As the rest of the field streamed away for the formation lap Pedrosa was left behind, and although his problem was eventually fixed, he was forced to start from the back.

And Pedrosa's afternoon was over just a few corners later, the Pramac Ducati of Barbera clipping his rear wheel on entry to a left-hander and ending the race of both.

Barbera took full responsibility for the crash and apologised to his fellow Spaniard.

'I tried to slow the bike down, but I lost grip on the front,' said Barbera.

'I'm very disappointed, even more so because I took out Dani in the process and that was the last thing that I wanted to happen.

'It was my fault that he crashed out and I apologise profusely to him for that.'

Not today: Dani Pedrosa crashed out of the race

Not today: Dani Pedrosa crashed out of the race

Congratulations: Pedrosa (right) congratulates the winner Lorenzo after the race

Congratulations: Pedrosa (right) congratulates the winner Lorenzo after the race

Pedrosa's catalogue of woe cleared the way for Lorenzo to cruise to a commanding victory by five seconds from Ducati's Valentino Rossi, enjoying his best ever result for the Italian team at his home race.

Lorenzo admitted he would have had a much harder afternoon but for Pedrosa's misfortune.

'To be honest we have been really lucky today, because without the problem with the lights at the start Dani wouldn't crash,' Lorenzo said.

'It was bad luck for him but an important win for us in championship.'

Third place went to Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista by just 0.003 seconds from Tech 3 Yamaha's Andrea Dovizioso after the Spaniard got better drive out of the final turn.

Bautista's first ever podium came on the weekend that MotoGP remembered Marco Simoncelli at a circuit renamed in the Italian's honour following his death in an accident at Sepang at the end of last season.

Emotional: Honda rider Alvaro Bautista earned his first podium place in San Marino

Emotional: Honda rider Alvaro Bautista earned his first podium place in San Marino

Simoncelli had been due to ride Bautista's bike in the 2012 season.

'I am emotional for sure,' said Bautista. 'My first ever podium finish is very special. I am so happy. This is in memory of Marco.

'This is a very special weekend for me and the team because our memories of Marco are so strong coming here to the circuit named in his honour.'

Ben Spies was fifth for Yamaha, ahead of Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) and Nicky Hayden (Ducati).

MotoGP debutant Jonathan Rea came home eighth in his first race as replacement for the injured Casey Stoner at Honda, while fellow Briton Cal Crutchlow crashed out of fifth place on lap three.

Dani Pedrosa wins Czech MotoGP race

Pedrosa takes gripping Czech MotoGP race with final corner heroics

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UPDATED:

15:54 GMT, 26 August 2012

Dani Pedrosa claimed a crucial win in his battle for the MotoGP world title with a thrilling victory at Sunday's Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno.

The Repsol Honda rider got the better of Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo on the very last corner of the race to take his third win of the season.

The Spaniard now trails Lorenzo by just 13 points in the riders' standings with six races remaining.

Winner: Dani Pedrosa won a gripping race

Winner: Dani Pedrosa won a gripping race

Third place went to Cal Crutchlow, marking the first time a Briton has finished on the podium at this level since Jeremy McWilliams at the 2000 British Grand Prix.

Crutchlow, who signed a new one-year contract extension with Tech 3 Yamaha on Saturday, has threatened to land his maiden podium finish on several occasions this season and was delighted to finally get the job done.

'I am elated, and we have proved a lot of people wrong. We have finally got there,' he told BBC Sport.

Podium boys: Jorge Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow

Podium boys: Jorge Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow

'There has been a lot of pressure on me to do it all season and hopefully I can continue it now.'

Pole-sitter
Lorenzo held the lead off the start from Pedrosa, with Crutchlow
dropping quickly to third place from his career-best second on the grid.

The front two soon pulled away from the Briton and diced all the way to the flag. Matters came to a head on the final lap when Lorenzo muscled past Pedrosa only for the Honda rider to hit back.

There was nothing between the two as they went into the final turn, but it was Pedrosa who found the better drive out of the corner to take a thrilling win by just 0.178 seconds ahead of his compatriot.

Chase: Pedrosa (centre) behind Lorenzo

Chase: Pedrosa (centre) behind Lorenzo

Crutchlow's team-mate Andrea Dovizioso took fourth place, ahead of Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda), Alvaro Bautista (Gresini Honda), Valentino Rossi (Ducati) and Randy de Puniet (ART).

Meanwhile, British World Superbike rider Jonathan Rea is poised to step up to the premier class after it was confirmed that he will join up with Repsol Honda for both Monday's test at Brno and the two-day test at Aragon on September 4-5.

The Northern Irishman is poised to ride for the team at the next two rounds in Misano and Aragon as the replacement for Pedrosa's team-mate, reigning champion Casey Stoner, who has returned to Australia for surgery on the ankle he badly injured in an accident at Indianapolis last weekend.

Casey Stoner suffers world title blow after Australian forced out of Czech MotoGP

Stoner suffers world title blow after Australian forced out of Czech MotoGP

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UPDATED:

19:34 GMT, 23 August 2012

Casey Stoner will miss this weekend's
Czech MotoGP in Brno after being advised to return to his homeland for
surgery on the ankle he injured at Indianapolis.

The Repsol Honda rider suffered torn
ligaments and fractures to his ankle, tibia and fibula in last weekend's
practice accident but nevertheless went on to compete in the race,
finishing an impressive fourth.

Injury blow: Casey Stoner

Injury blow: Casey Stoner

However, Sunday's race at the twisting Brno circuit has been deemed a step too far for the Australian, who trails Jorge Lorenzo by 39 points with seven rounds remaining.

His hopes of a third world title will be severely dented by his withdrawal from this weekend's race.

“Casey Stoner will miss the bwin Czech Republic Grand Prix as he has to head back to Australia to undergo treatment on his ankle injury sustained last weekend in Indianapolis,” read a statement on the official MotoGP website.

“Stoner will leave Brno this evening for Australia after his doctors advised him to have surgery on his damaged ankle.”

Stoner, who is to retire at the end of this season, had previously voiced his fear that the round at Brno would represent a stern test of his fitness.

“I'm not feeling too optimistic for Brno after a tough weekend in Indy,” he said earlier this week.

“In Brno there are many changes in direction and a lot of right hand corners so there will be a lot of weight on my ankle and it's going to be very difficult.”

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.