Jorge Lorenzo claimed his third straight MotoGP victory on Sunday at the Italian Grand Prix by dominating proceedings at the Mugello Circuit in Tuscany.
Starting second behind pole-sitter Andrea Iannone, Lorenzo took the lead at the start and never looked back, leading every single lap before crossing the line with an advantage of 5.5 seconds.
It marked the Spaniard’s third consecutive win following successes in Spain and France, bringing him to within six points of championship leader and Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi.
Racing on home soil, Rossi qualified poorly down in eighth place but managed to fight his way up the order to finish third behind Iannone, who fended his compatriot off to clinch his best MotoGP finish in P2.
Defending world champion Marc Marquez saw his hopes of a third title take another hit at Mugello after retiring from the race. Starting 13th, the Spaniard made an incredible getaway to run as high as second on lap three, only to crash out when battle for P2 with Iannone.
His teammate, Dani Pedrosa, secured his best finish of the season in fourth place ahead of Tech 3 riders Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro.
Although an Italian driver failed to win the race, the sight of two home heroes on the podium sparked excitable celebrations among the fans at Mugello as they piled onto the main straight after the race, lighting yellow flares and holding up cardboard cut-outs of Rossi.
To see the complete results from Mugello, click here. Next up on the calendar is the Grand Prix of Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, which takes place on June 14.