Bautista the pantomime villian as Lorenzo storms Mugello

Alvaro Bautista will have to lie low whenever he returns to Italy, after knocking off Italian legend Valentino Rossi on just the 3rd corner of the race. Rossi, who qualified 7th, didn’t have the best of starts, leading to him being caught up in the thick of the action. Jorge Lorenzo led from the first corner, where he overtook Dani Pedrosa, who out-qualified him with a Pole-position lap record on the final lap of Q2. Lorenzo went of to gap the two Repsol Hondas to get a 5 second lead. Marc Marquez, who qualified 6th after crashing in every session apart from qualifying, fought his way up to 3rd behind his team mate. With about 10 laps to go, Pedrosa’s lap time fell, allowing Lorenzo to escape and holding up Marquez. Marquez passed Pedrosa with 5 laps to go through turn 5, however he crashed 2 laps later after the bike folded beneath him. This mistake allowed Brit Cal Crutchlow an unlikely podium, his 2nd consecutive rostrum. Crutchlow was having a lonely race, after passing his former team mate Dovizioso early on, and having a 4 second buffer both in front and behind him. But when Pedrosa started to have problems, Cal began hunting down the hondas, taking about half a second-a-lap out of the Repsols.

Further down, Stefan Bradl got his highest finish of the season in 4th, beating the highest placed Italian Andrea Dovizioso, who had started on the front row, and Nicky Hayden. Another Ducati, test rider Michele Pirro came 7th, with Aleix Espargaro taking up his usual place of top CRT in 8th.Bradley Smith finished off a painful weekend in 9th, while fellow Brit Michael Laverty finished 17th.

Lorenzo’s victory sees him overtake Marquez in the championship, now just 12 points behind Dani Pedrosa, Crutchlow’s 3rd sees him move closer to Marquez, just 6 points behind, whilst Dovi overtook Valentino Rossi in 5th place.

In Moto2, Brit Scott Redding took his Championship lead to 43 points with a comfortable second win in a row as he pushes for a MotoGP ride next year. Luis Salom won in the Moto3 race.

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