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That is just about it from us at Crash.net Towers
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An interesting race with mixed emotions for the lead protagonists, but an excellent ride by Lorenzo shows that it is very much game on at the top of the standings
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Michael Laverty, meanwhile, would cross the line in 17th, just behind his team mate Yonny Hernandez
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As for the remaining scorers, Iannone would come home a disappointing 13th in his first Italian Grand Prix as a MotoGP rider, with Edwards and Abraham picking up points in 14th and 15th
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A super performance by Bradley Smith too, defying his various aches and pains to cross the line in ninth position, matching his Le Mans finish
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Elsewhere, kudos to Espargaro after another stellar ride to eighth position, well ahead of his CRT rivals. Incidentally, Barbera would finish 'second', ahead of de Puniet and Petrucci.
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So, disappointment for the home fans as Rossi is unable to pull off a fairy tale victory at Mugello, but a Lorenzo win should keep Yamaha bosses smiling this evening regardless
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Rossi, meanwhile, is down to sixth overall after being overtaken by his successor at Ducati, Dovizioso. He is 56 points off the lead.
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Pedrosa leads by 12 points from Lorenzo, with Marquez now 26 points adrift and only six ahead of the ultra consistent Crutchlow
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Overall standings after 5 rounds. 1.Pedrosa 2.Lorenzo 3.Marquez 4.Crutchlow 5.Dovizioso 6.Rossi 7.Hayden 8.Bautista 9.Bradl 10.Espargaro
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One for the statisticians, this a third consecutive victory at Mugello for Lorenzo. Rossi may be a legend at Mugello, but Lorenzo is making his mark here
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Despite a trying race, Pedrosa will be content to salvage second at the expense of Marquez to maintain a comfortable lead overall
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A full 25 points that puts him ahead of the hapless Marquez and reduces the Pedrosa advantage to 12 points
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Elation for Lorenzo, who led from the first corner, managed his pace initially and pulled the pin in during the second-half of the race
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Bradl holds off Dovizioso for his best finish of the season in fourth, with Hayden sixth, Pirro seventh, Espargaro eighth, Smith ninth and Barbera tenth.
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Pedrosa clings onto second place, with Crutchlow notching up a second consecutive podium in an excellent third position
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Jorge Lorenzo wins the 2013 Italian Grand Prix
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Onto the final lap and Lorenzo is cruising up front to a second win of the season, one that will lift him ahead of Marquez in the overall standings
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Everyone apart from Lorenzo jumps a spot, which means Bradl is fourth, albeit with Dovizioso all over the back of him in fifth, Hayden sixth and Pirro seventh
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All of this is little bother to Lorenzo, but Pedrosa is back up to second place, while Crutchlow is on course for another podium in an excellent third place
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Fortunately, the youngster appears unhurt as he lumbers his way out of the gravel trap. His pride and title hopes on the other hand...
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Huge disappointment for Marquez after a very brave performance given his injuries, the Spaniard suffering his fourth crash of the weekend
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Marquez comes down at turn seven after losing the front-end, just three laps from the finish
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Marquez crashes
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Dovizioso is back ahead of Hayden for sixth and is straight onto the tail of Bradl for fifth
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Crutchlow is still fourth and catching Pedrosa, but 2.7secs could be a bridge too far for the plucky Briton at this stage in the race
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5 laps remaining, Lorenzo leads from Marquez now
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Marquez is finally through into second place with a neat move beneath Pedrosa
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Pedrosa may be his team-mate, but Marquez is applying plenty of pressure to the championship leader
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Injury? What injury? Marquez has shown Pedrosa a few wheels but he continues to hold station in third
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With Lorenzo well ahead now, attention turns to who will prevail in the battle for second
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Few changes in the field, but Hayden has squeezed ahead of Dovizioso for sixth place, while Pirro is now ahead of Espargaro in eighth
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A wobble and a brief off-track excursion, but Smith survives to fight another day in tenth place
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Lorenzo leads by more than two seconds now with 8 laps remaining
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Contrary to pre race expectations, Pedrosa appears to be holding up Marquez now
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An important lap by Lorenzo there as a 1min 47.9secs lap moves him 1.2secs clear of a seemingly uncomfortable Pedrosa.
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With 11 laps remaining, Lorenzo has started edging ever so slightly away from Pedrosa, who in turn has Marquez for close company too
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His team-mate de Puniet is second in class, ahead of Barbera, Petrucci and Hernandez. Laverty remains 19th overall.
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In the CRT class, Espargaro is not only well ahead of his direct rivals, but he has shaken off Pirro, Smith and Iannone too in eighth overall.
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Crutchlow is a very lonely fourth, comfortably ahead of a three-way fight for fifth in the order of Bradl, Dovizioso and Hayden
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10 laps of 23 down and Lorenzo continues to lead, with Pedrosa holding station in second and Marquez just keeping himself involved
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Bautista protests his innocence, which he will need to do to the stewards as well because his clash with Rossi is under investigation
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Not a great day the fans in the stands... Rossi is out, Dovizioso is sixth, Pirro ninth and Iannone is 11th
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One for the Brits, as well as Crutchlow in fourth and Smith in 11th, Michael Laverty is running 19th overall as the ninth CRT rider
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Marquez is gamely clinging onto Lorenzo and Pedrosa at the front, the youngster showing few signs of the shoulder injury that he thought would hamper him
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Espargaro is running eighth, a fantastic performance on the Aspar CRT, ahead of Pirro, Iannone and Smith
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Bradl has worked his way up to fifth, ahead of Ducati duo Dovizioso and Hayden
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On lap 5, Crutchlow has broken away from the chasing pack in fourth, but is now circulating on his own
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If the Honda has the legs of the Yamaha on the straight, the Yamaha is certainly better on the brakes. No change at the front, but it's close.
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Further replays show Bautista clatter into the side of Rossi as they leaned into turn three, taking them both out
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Heading into lap three, the top three have broken away already, Lorenzo fending off Pedrosa and Marquez in that order
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A huge disappointment for the fans as Rossi lasts just two corners on his return to Mugello as a Yamaha rider
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Crutchlow up to fourth ahead of Dovizioso
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After the first lap, Lorenzo leads from Pedrosa, Marquez, Dovizioso, Crutchlow, Hayden, Bradl, Iannone, Espargaro and Pirro
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Replays show Rossi is caught out by a crashing Bautista and is left with nowhere to go but the gravel trap
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Up at the front, Lorenzo leads from Pedrosa and Marquez
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The home hero gets tangled up in the mid-field and is down with Bautista - Riders up
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Rossi crashes
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In turn one, Pedrosa leads into the first corner but Lorenzo gets underneath him
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The riders are off on their warm-up lap - just a couple of minutes for the riders to enjoy the sunshine before things get serious...
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Further back, Esparagaro is the top CRT rider after making Q2. de Puniet, Barbera and Petrucci follow
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Just 10mins until the start of the 2013 Italian Grand Prix
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Bradley Smith, meanwhile, is nursing a very damaged finger after crashing in free practice and getting his hand trapped under the bike as it skated across the tarmac. Despite this - and another crash in pre-race warm-up today - the young Briton will race, but will be making a swift visit to hospital for a skin graft as soon as the chequered flag drops.
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Marquez isn't the only rider nursing some aches and pains this weekend. Ben Spies has pulled out altogether having not quite fully recovered from his persistent shoulder injuries, while Dovizioso may be on the front row, but he is carrying neck pain.
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And the standings after 4 races: 1.Pedrosa 2.Marquez 3.Lorenzo 4.Crutchlow 5.Rossi 6.Dovizioso
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So, your grid for today looks like this: 1. Pedrosa 2.Lorenzo 3.Dovizioso 4.Crutchlow 5.Bradl 6. Marquez 7.Rossi 8.Hayden 9.Bautista 10.Pirro 11.Smith 12.Espargaro
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Speaking of Marquez, sixth was a good effort from the young Spaniard considering his bruising weekend thus far, though that shoulder injury - a painful legacy of his spectacular fall at the end of the main straight on Friday - is expected to give him bigger problems over a race distance.
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Row two, meanwhile, is led by Cal Crutchlow, who shrugged off a crash in qualifying to bounce back and claim fourth place, ahead of Stefan Bradl and Marc Marquez.
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He's got some work to do though, Rossi heading up row three in seventh position after failing to get that all-important tow during the critical stages of qualifying.
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Sparked by his return to the more competitive Yamaha, there is a vast sea of yellow packing the grandstands today, each hoping their hero can finally put two years of disappointment at Ducati behind him and challenge for his first victory since Malaysia 2010
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Of course, Mugello is considered one of MotoGP's 'diamond' races - a jewel that everyone wants for their crown -, but no other man captures the imagination of the passionate fans as that man Rossi.
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A rider known for seeking a tow, Barbera's surprise front row last year is indicative of the importance of slipstreaming, which was certainly in evidence during yesterday's qualifying as the timesheets changed right to the chequered flag.
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Instead, it was Hector Barbera who was the last Ducati rider to get the Desmo at the head of the grid, fittingly at Mugello last season, the Spaniard doing so on his satellite Pramac machine.
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So, who was the last rider to qualify a Ducati on the front row of the grid? If you said Valentino Rossi... you'd be wrong. In fact, Rossi never once qualified on the front row during his two-year tenure at Ducati.
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Whilst you're mulling that one, a quick weather update at Mugello, where the sun is shining, the patriotic tricolore kerbs are glistening and there is no hint of the dampness that afflicted the previous round in France.
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Here's a trivia question for you: Before Dovizioso, who was the last rider to put a Ducati on the front row in a MotoGP race...?
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Pedrosa and Lorenzo will be joined on the front row - some would say surprisingly - by Andrea Dovizioso, who stole some bragging rights from countryman and home hero Valentino Rossi by not only qualifying on the front row, but doing so on a Ducati.
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In case you missed it, Pedrosa snatched pole position from Jorge Lorenzo with a last gasp effort in qualifying, the Spaniard breaking the lap record to deny his countryman right at the chequered flag.
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We are just under an hour away from the start of the Italian Grand Prix, where championship leader Dani Pedrosa will be looking to put his first pole position of the season to good use.
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Good afternoon and welcome to Crash.net's live commentary for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, round five of the 2013 MotoGP World Championship.

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