LOS ANGELES, CA (July 16, 2012) – Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo delivered his second consecutive Mugello master class Sunday, repeating last year’s performance to take victory in the Grand Prix of Italy. Starting from second on the grid, Rockstar Energy’s Lorenzo was quick to pass pole man Dani Pedrosa and take the lead on the first lap. Although initially difficult to pull away, the Mallorcan put everything into his pace, dropping into the 1’47s to become unbeatable and gradually extend a lead to finish 5.223 seconds clear by the finish line. The win, his fifth this season, puts him on 185 points, 19 clear of Pedrosa in second.
“From the beginning I felt great on this track, the asphalt was completely different to Sachsenring which was a nightmare for us,” said Rockstar Energy’s Lorenzo. “From the first practice here I felt very strong, very good on the bike and a fast constant pace. It was a pity that we had the problem in the last lap of qualifying but the important thing was the race. Today I was hammering a lot to open a gap at the beginning of the race as I thought my competitors would have problems on cold tires. Unfortunately I couldn’t do it immediately. Only hammering every lap and going faster and faster from 1’48.1 then into the 47s could I open a bit to Pedrosa then little by little it got better and I could start to breathe. It’s been a great win for the whole team’s efforts and for Yamaha who have given me such a good bike.”
The next event for Rockstar Energy’s Jorge Lorenzo is round ten of the 2012 MotoGP Championship at the Grand Prix of USA in Monterey, CA on July 29th.
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