After having been dominant almost all weekend, Jorge Lorenzo took the victory in the Italian MotoGP at the Mugello circuit. He stayed ahead of Dani Pedrosa, who eventually finished second. Andrea Dovizioso was right behind them to complete the podium.
The race started out chaotic as many riders kept swapping positions. It was Pedrosa who took the early lead, but a determined Lorenzo passed him within a few bends while Dovizioso was making his way past Pedrosa as well. Behind them, Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl battled for fourth while Casey Stoner tried to make up for his bad start by making his way past Hector Barbera.
Home racer Valentino Rossi had also suffered from a bad start and was battling his way up to seventh. It was not easy as a struggle with Cal Crutchlow held him back. The two battled each other throughout almost the entire race and were fortunate with Hayden’s loss of pace. Both were eventually able to pass the Ducati rider and in the end it was Rossi who won the battle by finishing fifth. Crutchlow was right behind him in sixth while Hayden was left in seventh.
Stoner’s bad day continued when he ran off track into the gravel. Though he was able to resume his race, he was unable to pass the riders in front of him and was left in eighth. The top ten was completed by Barbera and Alvaro Bautista.
An incident occurred with Michele Pirro when he returned to the pits with a technical issue. He got the black flag for cutting the track and was left excluded from the race. Another unfortunate rider was Yonny Hernandez, who crashed out of the eighteenth position. He was fortunately unharmed. Just before that, Colin Edward’s race was cut short due to a technical issue.
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