Rossi extends lead
Italian motorcycling maestro Valentino Rossi extended his lead in the MotoGp standings on Sunday as he easily beat teammate and championship rival Jorge Lorenzo to take the San Marino race.
The 30-year-old eight-times world champion -- who had admitted this weekend to holding talks with Ferrari about driving for them in next weekend's Formula One Italian Grand Prix before deciding against taking up the offer -- had been pinned back by Lorenzo when the Spaniard won last weekend's US MotoGp.
However, with victory on Sunday his lead is 30 points -- 237 to 207 -- while another Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, who was third here, moves into third place overall on 157 points ahead of Australian Casey Stoner, who is absent because of a mystery virus which has plagued him all season.
With 23 laps remaining Lorenzo was right on Rossi's tail with Pedrosa leading, but the irrepressible Italian gave himself some breathing space as he overtook Pedrosa two laps later.
Lorenzo was having a devil of a time to get past his compatriot Pedrosa and try to get at his Yamaha teammate, who with 16 laps to go held a lead of nearly two seconds over the pursuing pair.
Lorenzo finally passed Pedrosa with 15 laps remaining and desperately tried to claw back the gap between himself and Rossi while Pedrosa looked safe in third as he had an eight-second advantage over Andrea Dovizioso.
However, Lorenzo, who had been really disappointed by his performance in qualifying, was unable to make any inroads into Rossi's lead and in fact the Italian had opened up a gap of well over two seconds with just eight laps remaining.