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July 30, 2010 > Lorenzo had flawless victory at MotoGP

Lorenzo had flawless victory at MotoGP

By William Mancebo
Photos By William Mancebo

In front of over 51,000 fans, Jorge Lorenzo staked his claim on Sunday, July 25, when the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix MotoGP made its annual pilgrimage to Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway.

With half of the season behind him, Lorenzo heads into the championship with a 72 point lead over fierce competitor Dani Pedrosa.

With his fifth pole start, Lorenzo soon lagged to pace behind rivals Pedrosa and Casey Stoner until lap six. It was then that Stoner ran wide allowing Lorenzo to pass, putting him in second place.

Pedrosa had started like a rocket, as he leapt into the lead from fourth on the grid but Lorenzo continued his push in pursuit of Pedrosa. In the 12th lap with only a half a second separating the two; Pedrosa crashed out in turn five.

Lorenzo took the lead and from then on it was easy money for the 23-year-old as he controlled his advantage perfectly and held off Stoner bringing it home to take his second win in the U.S. tour. Lorenzo's victory was his 11th in MotoGP, his 32nd in all classes and his 10th successive podium.

Valentino Rossi suffered throughout the weekend with pain in both his leg and his shoulder. Continuing the circuit while still on crutches, he maintains his pace after a crash in practice seven weeks ago; the popular competitor managed to place third making his way to the podium once again.

MotoGP is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. It's the oldest motorsport world championship on the planet, with 59 years of history to its name. The next thrilling chapter in the series will be on August 15, at the Automotodrom in the Czech Republic.

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