Lorenzo cuts Rossi's MotoGP lead to one point

Sun Jun 14, 2015 10:53am EDT
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By Tim Hanlon

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo slashed team mate Valentino Rossi's championship lead to a single point on Sunday with his fourth win in a row at an eventful Catalan Grand Prix.

The victory on a scorching afternoon also handed the Spaniard a MotoGP record with 103 successive laps led, breaking Australian Casey Stoner's previous benchmark of 88.

Rossi completed a one-two finish for Yamaha, the team's second of the season, while Honda's Dani Pedrosa was third.

"The conditions were difficult as it was very hot,” Lorenzo told reporters. "Valentino likes these conditions and performs better but it is the opposite for me.

"The bike was moving a lot but I didn’t make any mistakes and the hard work paid off."

Rossi now has 138 points to Lorenzo's 137.

World champion Marc Marquez’s poor season continued as he failed to finish for the second successive race, crashing out on the third lap while challenging Lorenzo for the lead.

"I was on my home circuit and I wanted to give 100 percent,” the Honda rider, now 69 points behind Rossi and with his hopes of a third successive title fading fast, told reporters.   Continued...

Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo of Spain gestures the number 4 while celebrating his victory in the Catalunya Grand Prix in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain June 14, 2015. REUTERS/Albert Gea