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Lorenzo slices into Stoner’s lead with triumph at Mugello

AP, SCARPERIA, Italy

Defending world champion Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso finished 1-2 in the Italian MotoGP yesterday to cut into Casey Stoner’s lead atop the standings.

Stoner started from pole, but the Australian was passed first by Lorenzo with seven laps to go, then by Dovizioso on the final lap.

Lorenzo, a Spaniard who rides for the Yamaha factory team, clocked 41 minutes, 50.089 seconds at the Mugello circuit. Dovizioso, an Italian with the Repsol Honda team, crossed 0.997 seconds behind, with teammate Stoner 1.143 seconds back.

“I left all my energy on the track,” an exhausted Lorenzo said. “It was very complicated to pass [Stoner]. I won with my heart and it’s magnificent.”

Nearing the season midpoint, Stoner now leads Lorenzo by 19 points and is 33 points ahead of Dovizioso.

Seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi finished sixth — after starting 12th — and remained fourth in the standings, 61 points back.

Earlier, Suter rider Marc Marquez took his second consecutive Moto2 race by posting a narrow victory over German rival Stefan Bradl, who still holds a 52-point lead in the standings.

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