Jorge Lorenzo passed pole sitter Dani Pedrosa on the opening lap and quickly pulled away to win the MotoGP race yesterday for his third consecutive Italian Grand Prix victory.
It was the 25th career victory for the Spaniard with the Yamaha Factory team.
Lorenzo finished 5.4 seconds ahead of Pedrosa, the Spaniard with Repsol Honda who maintained the championship lead. Cal Crutchlow, a Briton with Monster Yamaha, crossed third, 6.412 behind on a sunny day at the Mugello circuit.
Marc Marquez concluded a miserable weekend by falling with three laps to go, having moved up from sixth to second. Marquez, who also had a nasty fall in practice on Friday, lost control with nobody near him and dropped from second to third in the standings.
“I’m very happy with this race because it really wasn’t easy with the high temperatures,” Lorenzo said. “We struggled the last two races so it’s nice to bounce back.”