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Lorenzo edges Rossi in Yamaha one-two

Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) won the second Grand Prix of the season in Japan to top the championship. He finished the race ahead of teammate Valentino Rossi and fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa (Honda). Ducati's Casey Stoner finished in fourth.

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Reuters - Spain's Jorge Lorenzo led a Yamaha one-two by powering to victory over MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi in the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday.

Lorenzo's second win since moving up from 250cc last year also gave him a slender one-point lead over Rossi in the world championship standings.

The 21-year-old, who had been suffering with a cold in the build-up to the race at Motegi's Twin Ring circuit, has 41 points to the Italian's 40 after two rounds.

Rossi began on pole after Saturday's qualifying had been washed out by rain and combined practice times used to determine grid positions.

However, Lorenzo roared past the six-times premier-class world champion on lap nine and finished the 24-lap race in 43 minutes 47.238 seconds, 1.304 seconds ahead of Rossi.

It was Lorenzo's second MotoGP win following his maiden triumph in Portugal last year.

Honda's Dani Pedrosa, who rocketed from 11th on the grid to second at the end of the first lap, took third place following a see-saw battle with Rossi for second.

Ducati's 2007 world champion Casey Stoner, who won the season-opener in Qatar earlier this month, finished fourth after struggling with front brake trouble.

The Australian had a poor start from second but is only three points behind Lorenzo in the riders' standings on 38.


 

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