Three in a Row for Lorenzo
For the first time since 2008, Valentino Rossi came to his home circuit of Mugello on top of the MotoGP World Championship standings. Thousands of fans turned up in the hopes of seeing VR46 on the top step - the Italian track was flooded with yellow t-shirts and banners in support of their racing hero.
It was Jorge Lorenzo that ruled the proceedings, however. Propelled by two previous victories he completed the hat-trick of consecutive wins with a dominating performance finishing over 5 seconds clear of Andrea Iannone, who finished in second place. The Ducati rider was suffering from a shoulder injury and a doubt was cast over whether or not he would be fit to ride, however adrenaline seemed to carry him along and certainly didn't hinder his post-race celebrations.
Fans of Valentino who made the annual pilgrimage to the circuit were not left disappointed, with a qualifying position of 8th he managed to work his way up the pack and finish in an impressive third place.
Marc Marquez had an impressive start to the race, following a disastrous session in Q1 resulting in a 5th row start, he soon found himself in third place battling with Iannone for second position. However in the final laps disaster struck with the Repsol Honda rider sliding out unhurt, yet evidently disappointed with another poor performance. Marquez now sits 49 points behind Championship leader Rossi; questions will no doubt be asked can he salvage his poor start to the season?
Dani Pedrosa was able to provide some hope for the Repsol Honda team, finishing in fourth ahead of Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro. Cal Crutchlow was in this pack and battling for a 6th place position, but sadly fell resulting in a dislocated ankle.
With Valentino Rossi now only six points clear of Jorge Lorenzo the championship is heating up, Catalonia is the next port of call for the Moto GP boys - can JL99 win on his home soil? With three wins in a row his confidence is sure to be stronger than ever, however Marquez will be battling to demonstrate that his title hopes are not over and Rossi surely won't give up his lead in a hurry! Bring it on!
31.05.2015 - MCE Insurance