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.