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MotoGP Brno - Jorge Lorenzo wins, Valentino Rossi to Ducati for 2011


by Marc Cantin ,

Jorge Lorenzo proved he had what it takes to become the leader in the Yamaha factory team as he took another dominant MotoGP win at Brno while team-mate Valentino Rossi confirmed his move to Ducati.

The Spaniard earned his seventh victory this season, and now enjoys a 77-point lead over his nearest persuer for the World Championship, fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa (Honda), who finished second (Again).

Starting on the front row, Lorenzo elbowed his way past 2011-team-mate-to-be Ben Spies (Yamaha) and pole sitter Pedrosa braking for turn 3, as Pedrosa benefited from his usual hole shot at the start.

Try as he might, Pedrosa could do nothing about Lorenzo for the rest of the race, as the Yamaha rider built up a 4 sec. lead and cruised on to the flag. This continued a season-long string of first- or second-place finishes by Lorenzo, an amazing show of speed and reliability for both bike and rider. His days of overriding and falling off almost every weekend are gone. Now, he just wins – especially if Valentino Rossi is a little off-song as he is these days while recovering from his broken leg bones.

Casey Stoner (Ducati) finished a distant third, having caught and passed Spies before half distance. Lorenzo team-mate Valentino Rossi, who officially announced that he would be leaving Yamaha at the end of the season to join Ducati, rounded up the top 5 after recovering from a poor start.

MotoGP Czech Grand Prix - Results

Pos Rider Team Time/Gap

1. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 43m22.638s
2. Dani Pedrosa Honda + 5.494s
3. Casey Stoner Ducati + 11.426s
4. Ben Spies Yamaha + 13.723s
5. Valentino Rossi Yamaha + 17.930s
6. Nicky Hayden Ducati + 26.815s
7. Colin Edwards Yamaha + 33.396s
8. Marco Melandri Honda + 39.406s
9. Hector Barbera Ducati + 39.639s
10. Randy de Puniet Honda + 40.893s
11. Etc….

MotoGP Standings – After 10 of 18 rounds

Pos. Rider Make Points
1. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 235
2. Dani Pedrosa Honda 158
3. Casey Stoner Ducati 119
4. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 115
5. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 101