Race report: 2010 MotoGP round 7 – Catalunya


Race Report : Harkamal Singh

Images : MotoGP.com

Jorge Lorenzo created a spectacle at the Catalan GP by scoring his 5th win of the year. After a thrilling qualifying session on Saturday the Spaniard looked strong after clinching yet another pole position of 2010. On race day Pedrosa got the holeshot but this time he made a mistake as he ran very deep into the 1st corner. After that a furious battle started between Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso and Casey Stoner. The Italian was looking strong on his Repsol Honda as he overtook Lorenzo just after four laps. But the Majorican star pounced back immediately. Meanwhile Pedrosa was slowly moving up. The fight for 1st position was not settled yet, when Casey made the same mistake of running very deep in to the 1st corner.
Ducati’s Aleix Espargaro suffered a run-off early in the race as he attempted to push toward the front. Shortly after   LCR Honda’s Randy de Puniet and Pedrosa replaced Stoner as the two caught up with Lorenzo on Lap 6. It was at this point that Espargaró suffered a crash that ended his race. Also going down later in the contest was San Carlo Honda’s Marco Simoncelli, who crashed out while in sixth as he went for his best finish of the season. In a surprising moment Dovizioso also went down while trying to make it around Lorenzo.
With Dovizioso out, Lorenzo enjoyed about a six-second gap ahead of nearest rival Pedrosa with less than half the race left. Behind the leader Pedrosa and Stoner became embroiled in a battle for second while de Puniet hung back in fourth. In the end Lorenzo’s advantage proved too much as the Spaniard rode across the finish line more than 4.5 seconds clear of the competition.
After struggling for 6 races in succession it was a great day for Rizla Suzuki riders. Both of their riders Alvaro Bautista and Loris Capirossi finished 5th and 7th respectively.
Lorenzo was very delighted after the race as he spoke in post race interview ,” After losing so closely last year I was happy but not completely, and today I can say I am completely happy, winning here at my home race. It was very difficult today because it was so hot and the front tire was sliding a lot. I thought I was going to have a big battle with Dovizioso because he was pushing very hard but then he crashed and I was alone; it was lucky for me because then I was able to take it more gently to the finish. I think I rode a clever race today.”
American Ben spies finished at 6th after battling it out with   Melandri and Capirossi .Rounding out the top-10 finishers were Hayden, Marco Melandri and Hector Barbera.

2010 MotoGP Catalunya Results:
1. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
2. Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
3. Casey Stoner (Ducati)
4. Randy de Puniet (Honda)
5. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki)
6.Ben Spies (Yamaha)
7. Loris Capirossi (Suzuki)
8. Nicky Hayden (Ducati)
9. Marco Melandri (Honda)
10. Hector Barbera (Ducati)
11. Colin Edwards (Yamaha)
12. Mika Kallio (Ducati)
13. Kousuke Akiyoshi (Honda)
14. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda)
15. Wataru Yoshikawa (Yamaha)
DNF Marco Simoncelli (Honda)
DNF Aleix Espargaro (Ducati)


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