Moto GP | Lorenzo comes back to life at his lucky, Italian GP circuit

by M.C. – photo: @DucatiMotor | Just when everyone was criticising his poor performance and pondering about his likely farewell from Ducati; he made the headlines again, but this time because of his great victory. This is the story of Jorge Lorenzo, a driver said to have a different personality from the rest and a delicate driving style. The Spaniard arrived this last weekend at Mugello, one of his best-loved circuits, in desperate need of a good result and he got the best possible one. He dominated the race throughout and won once more at his golden Italian GP. Lorenzo has already claimed victory in Italy on six other occasions (five in Moto GP and one in 250cc).

The driver from the Balearic islands started in second position but soon took the lead of the race. He then set a really fast pace and watched how those behind him, including his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, were unable to catch up. At each passing lap, Lorenzo was visibly more relaxed on board his Ducati 99 and his choice of hard tires proved to be more and more a winning decision. In the end, he was first crossing the chequered flag making the Italian GP 2018 the “happiest day of his life”, as the driver himself declared. He once again, and only a year and a half since the last time, got his flag out as if marking the Italian circuit as his own, endorsed by his successive triumphs in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and now 2018 (plus his 2006 250cc victory).

Valentino Rossi gets third place at home

There were other victories to celebrate at Mugello; Dovizioso got second position and local idol Valentino Rossi, Il Dotore, finished third after making a great classification race in which he took the pole. At the main event, however, he could not compete with the Ducatis and had to fight for the third position with Iannone and Rins from Suzuki.

Luck was not on the side of another Spaniard, Marc Marquez, from Repsol Honda Team, who suffered a fall during the first laps, just as Pedrosa and Nakagami did. His misfortune left Marquez with no options whatsoever, although he did come back to the race in the hope of scratching some points, which he was unable to do. Most appalling of all, however, was not his disastrous result, as he stills leads the MotoGP Championship quite comfortably, but Mugello’s spectators’ reaction, who started clapping at his loathed enemy’s misfortune as he touched the floor.

Italian GP results:
  1. Jorge Lorenzo (Esp/Ducati) 25 points
  2. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita/Ducati) 20 points
  3. Valentino Rossi (Ita/Movistar Yamaha) 16 points
  4. Andrea Iannone (Ita/Suzuki Ecstar) 13 points
  5. Alex Rins (Esp/Suzuki Ecstar) 11 points
Drivers Standing MotoGP:
  1. Marc Márquez (Esp/Repsol Honda) 95 pts
  2. Valentino Rossi (Ita/Movistar Yamaha) 72 pts
  3. Maverick Viñales (Esp/Movistar Yamaha) 67 points
  4. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita/Ducati) 66 points
  5. Johann Zarco (Fra/Monster Yamaha) 64 points

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