Lorenzo wins in last lap thriller

Jorge Lorenzo extended his championship lead with a victory at Mugello, snatching the win from Marc Marquez on the final straight. Home favourite Valentino Rossi was forced to retire after starting strongly from pole position.

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Lorenzo snatches victory from Marc Marquez on the final straight. Image: MotoGP.com

Lorenzo started strongly, leading his Yamaha team mate in the early exchanges. Rossi was just looking as if he would take the lead before his engine blew up. This left Lorenzo clear at the front, however Marquez closed the gap before eventually passing Lorenzo on the final lap. Lorenzo bit straight back but was unable to make his pass stick. It was Lorenzo who got the better drive out of the final corner and overtook Marquez, winning by 0.019 seconds.

Andrea Iannone made sure that there was an Italian on the podium, after seeing off Andrea Dovizioso and a late challenge from Dani Pedrosa, who took 4th. Maverick Vinales celebrated his move to Yamaha next season with a sixth position, with Bradley Smith and Danilo Petrucci rounding off the top eight.

Britain’s Cal Crutchlow finished 11th, whilst Scott Redding was forced to retire early on. Eugene Laverty continued his fine season with a 13th place.

The Moto2 race was disrupted after an air fence was damaged in a crash. Johann Zarco won the 10 lap restarted race with Britain’s Sam Lowes finishing third, taking him back to the top of the championship. Brad Binder cemented his lead in Moto3, taking a close fought victory in which the top six were covered by just over 1 second.

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