Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo trimmed the gap to championship leader and compatriot Dani Pedrosa at the top of the standings to seven points when he stormed to victory at a sweltering Catalunya Grand Prix yesterday.
British rider Cal Crutchlow, searching for his third successive podium, saw any hopes disappear when he crashed out on the sixth lap. Pedrosa's Honda team-mate Marc Marquez finished third. "It was extremely hot and the tyres lost a lot of performance but the start was crucial and I got a better start than I expected and was able to get past Dani [Pedrosa] at the first corner," Lorenzo said.
"It was a bit like cat and mouse but towards the end I was able to push a bit harder and I was able to win such a tough and physically challenging race."