MotoGP: Three Straight Wins For Jorge Lorenzo At Mugello

Marquez crashes out in a battle for second as Jorge Lorenzo is untouchable at Italian GP.

The picturesque setting of the Tuscan hills played host to a spectacular MotoGP race at the Gran Premio d'Italia TIM. With track temperatures at the Autodromo del Mugello hitting 50 degrees, the Italian fans were treated to another dominant performance from Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo as he claimed his third straight victory by over 5.5s.

As Lorenzo disappeared off into the distance, the real battle would be for second place. This fight was originally between the two Factory Ducati’s of Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone, and the Repsol Honda’s of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, although Valentino Rossi would join in before the end of the race.

Starting from eighth on the grid, Rossi lost time when he got caught up in the pack and dropped to ninth by the end of lap one. The Doctor saves this slide while trying to make up time chasing down the race leaders.

Marquez had an amazing start, moving up from 13th on the grid into 6th at the very first corner. In contrast, Rossi suffered a disastrous opening lap that would see him down drop down to tenth, before mounting an incredible charge through the field to join the podium fight with eight laps to go.

There was more drama to come though, as Dovizioso was forced to retire due to rearend chatter issues, and then Marquez, who was once more involved in an excellent scrap with Iannone for second, crashed out of the race leaving Iannone to claim second ahead of the Rossi in third.

With his third win in a row, Lorenzo has closed the gap to six points behind Rossi at the top of the World Championship standings. After starting the season plagued with troubles, the Spaniard has responded brilliantly to answer any critics.

Iannone claimed his second podium of the season as he rode through the pain of his fractured humerus from a testing crash in Mugello before the French GP. The Italian delighted his hometown fans by putting the GP15 on the podium after getting the better of Marquez and holding off Rossi. Iannone has not finished outside the top six this season.

Rossi showed all of his class to work his way back from tenth on the first lap to claim third, and remain the leader in the championship standings. The Italian has not finished off the podium yet in 2015 and once again saved his best for the race after having to start from 8th on the grid. The Doctor maintains a slim six-point lead over teammate Lorenzo in the World Championship standings.

Dani Pedrosa rode a solid race to claim fourth, just over three seconds behind Rossi, with Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith in fifth. Smith, the leading Satellite rider, benefitted from Cal Crutchlow’s crash with just three laps remaining. Smith’s teammate Pol Espargaro was next across the line in sixth, while Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar), wild card Michele Pirro (Ducati Team), Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) and Yonny Hernandez completed the top ten.

The number 19 Aprilia of Alvaro Bautista, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS’s Scott Redding again struggled, finishing down in eleventh. Loris Baz took his first Open class victory for his Athina Forward Racing team, as he crossed the line in the 12th spot ahead of Hector Barbera, Alvaro Bautista and Eugene Laverty, who claimed the last championship point of the race.

MORE PHOTOS from the Italian GP in the gallery at the top of the page.

MotoGP Mugello Race Results

  1. Jorge LORENZO (99) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA
  2. Andrea IANNONE (29) Ducati Team DUCATI
  3. Valentino ROSSI (46) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA
  4. Dani PEDROSA (26) Repsol Honda Team HONDA
  5. Bradley SMITH (38) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA
  6. Pol ESPARGARO (44) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA
  7. Maverick VIÑALES (25) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI
  8. Michele PIRRO (51) Ducati Team DUCATI
  9. Danilo PETRUCCI (9) Pramac Racing DUCATI
  10. Yonny HERNANDEZ (68) Pramac Racing DUCATI
  11. Scott REDDING (45) EG 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA
  12. Loris BAZ (76) Athinà Forward Racing YAMAHA
  13. Hector BARBERA (8) Avintia Racing DUCATI
  14. Alvaro BAUTISTA (19) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA
  15. Eugene LAVERTY (50) Aspar MotoGP Team HONDA
  16. Mike DI MEGLIO (63) Avintia Racing DUCATI
  17. Karel ABRAHAM (17) AB Motoracing HONDA
  18. Marco MELANDRI (33) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA

Not Classified

Cal CRUTCHLOW (35) CWM LCR Honda HONDA
Marc MARQUEZ (93), Repsol Honda Team HONDA
Andrea DOVIZIOSO (4) Ducati Team DUCATI
Stefan BRADL (6) Athinà Forward Racing YAMAHA
Nicky HAYDEN (69) Aspar MotoGP Team HONDA
Aleix ESPARGARO (41) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI
Jack MILLER (43) CWM LCR Honda HONDA
Alex DE ANGELIS (15) Octo IodaRacing Team ART

Ducati Team's Andrea Iannone (#29) scored his best-ever MotoGP finish at Mugello. Iannone, who started from pole position, now moves into fourth place overall in the standings with 81 points.
Starting from eighth on the grid, Rossi lost time when he got caught up in the pack and dropped to ninth by the end of lap one. The Doctor saves this slide while trying to make up time chasing down the race leaders.
The Doctor holds a six-point lead over teammate Lorenzo in the MotoGP World Championship points race.
The number 19 Aprilia of Alvaro Bautista, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini