MotoGP Mugello Results 2012

July 15, 2012
Byron Wilson
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Jorge Lorenzo scored his third successive MotoGP win at Silverstone.
Jorge Lorenzo took his fifth win of the season at Mugello.

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo took his fifth win of the 2012 season at Mugello, comfortably ahead of the rest of the MotoGP field. Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa came across the finish in second and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso rounded out the podium, marking his third-consecutive finish in the top three. Pedrosa’s teammate and reigning world champion Casey Stoner had a terrible day, falling behind at the start and running off track mid-race.

“From the beginning I felt great on this track, the asphalt was completely different to Sachsenring which was a nightmare for us,” said Lorenzo. “From the first practice here I felt very strong, very good on the bike and a fast constant pace. It was a pity that we had the problem in the last lap of qualifying but the important thing was the race.”

Lorenzo got out front early and faced little challenge from behind, keeping smooth and consistent at the Italian circuit. Pedrosa and Dovizioso battled early on, with Dovi holding second-place briefly in the opening laps. The Repsol rider found a line through after just four laps and held the runner-up position for the remainder of the race. Dovi then had to fend off pressure from behind as LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl mounted his best performance of the season, challenging the satellite Yamaha rider for the podium right up to the checkers.

Ducati’s Valentino Rossi continues to improve his dry condition performance as well, taking fifth at the finish. The Doctor sat 10th on the grid and fought his way through the pack, making it up to seventh by mid-race and getting past his teammate Nicky Hayden and Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow in the final laps. Hayden and Crutchlow challenged one another for nearly the entire race, the American rider putting in some of the best laps of the round and Crutchlow struggling to find an opportunity to pass until the final laps. Crutchlow ended just a fraction of a second ahead of Hayden at the finish in sixth.

Stoner’s difficult round started after he fell back in the pack early on and struggled to keep pace. He had tire issues all weekend and then during the race faced a braking malfunction that caused him to run wide through Turn 12 and off track into the gravel, landing him in 10th after he got back on track. The Australian rider fought hard to recover position, bumping his way past San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista at one point, and had recovered to eighth by the finish.

“I made a mistake in the race, I had a bit of a shake exiting turn 11 and when I arrived at turn 12 I had no brakes, I was squeezing them as hard as I could and thought I had enough brake power to stop before the edge of the track but I had too much momentum and had to ride through the gravel trap which wasted a lot of time,” Stoner explained after the race. “I’m sorry for the incident with Alvaro, I went to make the pass into turn 2 and he started to close my front off and I couldn’t do anything. It’s a disappointing end to a difficult weekend that I thought I might be able to salvage something from but unfortunately not.”

Behind Stoner were Pramac Racing’s Hector Barbera in ninth and Bautista in 10th and Lorenzo’s teammate Ben Spies in 11th. Spies was ninth on the grid, got pushed back early in the race and struggled throughout to maintain speed, getting passed by Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet mid-race in the battle for 11th. Spies could only muster enough to re-pass de Puniet by the finish and languished well outside the running for a top-ten spot, over 20 seconds behind Bautista.

De Puniet led the reduced CRT field in 12th ahead of teammate Aleix Espargaro in 13th and Paul Bird Motorsports’ James Ellision in 14th. Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards, Avintia Blusens’ Yonny Hernandez and Came Ioda Racing’s Danilo Petrucci all failed to finish the race and San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Michele Pirro received a black flag with 20 to go for an illegal maneuver.

Lorenzo extended his overall lead to 19 over Pedrosa. Stoner remains in third, but is now 37 behind Lorenzo. Dovizioso holds in fourth overall and Crutchlow is steady in fifth. Rossi continues on in sixth overall, now trailed by Bradl and Hayden in seventh and eighth after the two moved past Bautista, who fell to ninth.

MotoGP Mugello Results 2012:
1. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
2. Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
3. Andrea Dovizioso (Yamaha)
4. Stefan Bradl (Honda)
5. Valentino Rossi (Ducati)
6. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha)
7. Nicky Hayden (Ducati)
8. Casey Stoner (Honda)
9. Hector Barbera (Ducati)
10. Alvaro Bautista (Honda)
11. Ben Spies (Yamaha)
12. Randy de Puniet (ART)
13. Aleix Espargaro (ART)
14. James Ellison (ART)
15. Mattia Pasini (ART)
16. Ivan Silva (BQR)

MotoGP Championship Points:
1. Jorge Lorenzo, 185
2. Dani Pedrosa, 166
3. Casey Stoner, 148
4. Andrea Dovizioso, 108
5. Cal Crutchlow, 95
6. Valentino Rossi, 82
7. Stefan Bradl, 75
8. Nicky Hayden, 74
9. Alvaro Bautista, 73
10. Ben Spies, 66

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