At the Italian Grand Prix, Jorge Lorenzo finished in front of Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi for the third time this year.

Finishing behind his team-mate is a rare event for reigning six time MotoGP world champion Rossi and has happened just twelve times - when both he and his team-mate have finished - in the 123 MotoGP races held since the start of 2002.

Those twelve times are listed below.

On four of these occasions Rossi has crashed and remounted, but in short Rossi was beaten once by Honda team-mate Tohru Ukawa (2002), once by Yamaha team-mate Carlos Checa (2004), four times by Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards (2005-2007) but already six times by Lorenzo (2008-present).

2002/South Africa: Ukawa 1st - Rossi 2nd 2004/France: Checa 2nd - Rossi 4th 2005/USA: Edwards 2nd - Rossi 3rd 2006/Spain: Edwards 11th - Rossi 14th (Rossi crashed on first lap and re-started) 2006/Valencia: Edwards 9th - Rossi 13th (Rossi crashed and re-started) 2007/Great Britain: Edwards 2nd - Rossi 4th 2008/Qatar: Lorenzo 2nd - Rossi 5th 2008/Portugal: Lorenzo 1st - Rossi 3rd 2008/Dutch TT: Lorenzo 6th - Rossi 11th (Rossi crashed on first lap and re-started) 2009/Japan: Lorenzo 1st - Rossi 2nd 2009/France: Lorenzo 1st - Rossi 16th (Rossi crashed and re-started) 2009/Italy: Lorenzo 2nd - Rossi 3rd

Lorenzo will start this Sunday's Grand Prix of Catalunya, round six of the championship, five points ahead of Rossi and four behind Ducati's Casey Stoner.

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