MotoGP title leader Jorge Lorenzo
inflicted a near lights-to-flag victory on his opponents in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.
Starting from his second pole of the year, Dani Pedrosa
led the charge into the first turn, but Lorenzo sliced under his fellow Spaniard at the apex and never looked back.
The fight for third kept the fans entertained, while reigning world champion Casey Stoner
ran off track and could only manage an eighth place finish.
Fastest in every session bar qualifying, where he had suffered an electronic glitch, Lorenzo's superior pace saw him break the slipstream that normally makes Mugello races so close and - after waving to fans during the final lap - won by 5.223s at the end of the 23 lap distance.
Lorenzo's fifth win from nine races extends his lead to 19 points over Pedrosa, who briefly dropped to third behind Yamaha Tech 3's Andrea Dovizioso, before retaking and then comfortably securing the runner-up spot.
Pedrosa set the fastest race lap, but couldn't match Lorenzo's consistency.
Dovizioso defied his third row start to be in the podium battle from the first turn. Overtaken by charging rookie Stefan Bradl during the middle stages, Dovizioso clung to the Honda LCR rider and retook third at turn one with three laps to go.
The Italian then claimed his fourth podium in five races by holding off Bradl by just 0.046s at the line.
Nicky Hayden was the leading Ducati rider for almost the entire race and slipstreamed into the Dovizioso-Bradl podium fight as the last lap began.
Hayden then pounced quickly to pass Bradl, but was pushed wide when the German retaliated, dropping him behind team-mate Valentino Rossi.
Rossi initially remained where he had qualified, in tenth, but made forward progress from lap 3 onwards - helped by the fastest top speed of the weekend at 346.9km/h.