2012 Mugello MotoGP Race Result: One Man Reigns, Battle Behind Thrills
Results of the Italian Grand Prix for the MotoGP class at Mugello:
Jorge Lorenzo has sealed a dominant weekend with an imperious victory. The Factory Yamaha rider shook off an early challenge from Dani Pedrosa to win by sufficient margin to start to celebrate on the final lap. Lorenzo's win extends his lead in the championship still further, to 19 points over Pedrosa.
Lorenzo led almost from the start, taking the lead from Dani Pedrosa on the way out of the first corner. But he did not run away from the very first lap, as many had expected based on his practice times. Pedrosa settled into 2nd, but would not hold it for long, Andrea Dovizioso taking the Spaniard through the Casanova/Savelli combination. The Italian gave chase to Lorenzo, but though the Factory man could not easily escape, Dovizioso could not catch him either.
The Tech 3 man had his own concerns, with Dani Pedrosa snapping at his heels and eager to get past and give chase. The distraction was just enough for Lorenzo to burn off some of the fuel in his tank and settle into a rhythm, turning up the pace to break Dovizioso on lap 6. Shortly after, Pedrosa was also past Dovizioso, but the gap was enough to hold on. Pedrosa gave chase until the halfway mark, but from then, he had to concede defeat. Pedrosa's chase used up his rear tire, and eventually he had to let Lorenzo go. Lorenzo went on to win in utterly convincing style, Pedrosa coming home unthreatened in 2nd.
The battle for 3rd turned into a real thriller. Once Dovizioso lost touch with Pedrosa, he soon fell prey to Stefan Bradl, the LCR Honda having an outstanding race in Mugello. Bradl pushed Dovizioso hard, getting past the Italian on lap 10, when the Tech 3 man outbraked himself into Turn 1. Dovizioso would not be denied at his home race, however, and though Bradl put up a valiant challenge for his first podium in MotoGP, Dovizioso was through at the first corner with three laps to go. Dovizioso took his third podium finish in a row, while Stefan Bradl scored his best result of his rookie season, coming home in 4th.
Both Dovizioso and Bradl were lucky, for the Ducatis of Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi and the Tech 3 Yamaha of Cal Crutchlow caught them at the end. Hayden had been 5th for most of the race, and in an attempt to score his best result of the year, the American dived past Stefan Bradl on the last lap. The effort was too much, Hayden running wide and losing a lot of ground. That allowed Valentino Rossi to come past and take 5th, ahead of Cal Crutchlow in 6th, and Nicky Hayden finishing 7th.
Casey Stoner crossed the line in 8th, after a disastrous race in many respects. After a mediocre start, the Repsol Honda man was soon chasing down Bradl and Hayden, but outbraked himself into Correntaio on lap 10, running off and through the gravel. He rejoined in 10th behind Alvaro Bautista, eventually catching him a few laps later. Though he was faster than Bautista, he could not get past, having to resort to a very harsh pass on the Spaniard, diving up the inside at Poggio Seco after Bautista left him the merest hint of a gap, which the Spaniard immediately closed. Stoner's wheel hit Bautista's leg, the San Carlo Gresini rider force wide, allowing the Australian through. A few laps later, he was also past Hector Barbera, and ending in 8th, with Barbera in 9th and Bautista in 10th.
Lorenzo's victory gives him a comfortable margin in the championship over Pedrosa, leading his countryman by 19 points. Stoner's miserable weekend made his title defense incredibly difficult, now trailing Lorenzo by 37 points. There are still 9 races to go, but with Lorenzo in his current form, this will be very difficult indeed.
|12||14||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||42'37.440||59.963|
|16||22||Ivan SILVA||BQR||42'02.684||1 lap|
|5||Colin EDWARDS||SUTER||19'37.380||13 laps|
|68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||BQR||16'52.102||14 laps|
|9||Danilo PETRUCCI||IODA||5'44.611||20 laps|
|51||Michele PIRRO||FTR HONDA|