Lorenzo fightback continues
Jorge Lorenzo continued his fightback in the MotoGP title race after securing back-to-back wins with victory in Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix.
The Yamaha rider lined up second on the grid but took the lead from pole-sitter Marc Marquez on the opening lap and duly reeled off the laps to take a comprehensive win.
A fifth victory of 2013 moves Lorenzo onto 219 points, level with Honda's Dani Pedrosa but still 34 down on the second factory Honda of Marquez, who came home in second place.
"Five victories is a lot to still be in second place but you know I made a mistake at Assen and also Sachsenring. It was my own fault and now I'm paying a little bit for it," Lorenzo said.
"The past is the past, we cannot change it and have to look to the future. Improve the bike more and try to win the remaining grands prix.
"If we want to win the championship we have to win races. That is the only thing we can do.
"Marc is really strong. He's always first or second. So he's a really hard rival to beat but we have to keep trying and that's what we're going to do."
Lorenzo and Marquez served up a thriller at Silverstone last time out as they diced for a victory that ultimately went the way of the Yamaha man, although today's race failed to scale similar heights.
Once he had taken the lead today Lorenzo never looked in any danger of being overhauled and was more than three seconds clear of the chasing pack when he took the chequered flag.
The battle between Marquez and Pedrosa for second did serve up plenty of excitement, however, with the rookie eventually coming out on top after the pair had swapped places over the closing laps.
Valentino Rossi, who lined up in third place on the grid, was unable to live with the pace of the Spanish trio out front and had to settle for fourth on the second factory Yamaha.
Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow was pipped to fifth place on the final lap by LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl following a race-long duel.