Jorge Lorenzo wins Italian MotoGP 2015, his third win in a row
The Spaniard, riding with Movistar Yamaha GP, has won top prize in Mugello after qualifying 2nd. Italian Andrea Iannone of Ducati, who began the race in pole position - the first one of his racing career so far -finished behind Lorenzo in second. Rounding up the top 3 was Lorenzo's teammate Valentino Rossi, who is known unequivocally as the King of the track, having scored 7 back-to-back victories here from 2002 to 2008. The home crowd is largely comprised of Rossi supporters, who turn out in large numbers to support their hero.
Rossi made an excellent comeback following Qualifying, as he began the race in 8th position and managed to convert it into a podium finish. Rossi has been on the podium every race of the year so far, with a victory at the inaugural Grand Prix at Losail in Qatar and another in Argentina. Lorenzo and Iannone, who have recently managed to repair their working relationship and friendship following a long-standing, well-publicised rivalry, have a new rapport that seems to be working well for them.
Iannone, racing from a career first pole, is recovering from an injury sustained during practice at Mugello prior to the MotoGP of Le Mans, which he managed to finish in decent nick considering the severity of his injuries. He was found prior to the Grand Prix at Mugello to have sustained a hairline fracture to the humerus, but maintained that neither he nor Ducati wanted to 'disappoint the fans', and he intended to "put on a good show".
In addition, Lorenzo has built up significant racing momentum, winning both the last two Grands Prix, at Jerez and Le Mans respectively. In an interview prior to the race, Lorenzo credited both his own improved physical fitness and a superior quality of bikes from Yamaha for the victory.
Last year's World Champion, Marc Marquez, was not classified this race.
Lorenzo seems now to have caught his stride and found his rhythm; after beginning the season with fourth place finishes at the Grands Prix of Qatar and The Americas, he finished fifth in Argentina. He came back immensely strongly, however, to scoop Jerez, Le Mans and now Mugello in a row.
The next MotoGP will be at Spain, at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on the 14th of June, 2015.