MotoGP: Lorenzo claims fourth straight win in Barcelona

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Two-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo claimed his fourth consecutive win in the series on Sunday with a commanding display in the Grand Prix of Catalunya to draw himself within one point of the championship lead.

Starting the race from third place on the grid, Lorenzo managed to jump the front two Suzuki riders of Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales off the line to take the lead of the race.

Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi was left to rue another poor qualifying performance on Saturday. Starting seventh, the Italian only managed to fight his way up into second place by the fourth lap, but soon set about catching Lorenzo.

Try as Rossi might, he was unable to find a way past in the closing stages of the race, eventually finishing just eight-tenths of a second down on the Spaniard at the checkered flag.

Despite leading every lap en route to the race win, Lorenzo admitted after the race that it was a far from routine victory.

“You know it’s very hot, we haven’t had these temperatures all weekend long so it was hard to repeat the pace from yesterday morning,” Lorenzo said.

“Valentino improved a bit in these conditions and I got a little bit worse. We had a lot of problems in acceleration and the bike moving a lot, the front closing, but I could stay focused. Valentino pushed me so hard but finally its been worth it.”

Honda rider Dani Pedrosa scored his first podium finish since returning from injury, crossing the line in third place, but teammate and defending champion Marc Marquez was resigned to a second straight retirement after crashing out on lap three.

With seven races now complete in the 2015 MotoGP season, Lorenzo has cut Rossi’s lead at the top of the drivers’ standings to just a single point, and will be hoping to take a fifth straight victory at the Dutch TT in two weeks’ time.

To see the complete results from Barcelona, click here.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.