Defending MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was able to gain some points on leader Casey Stoner with an impressive win at the Misano Circuit in Italy.
Lorenzo has struggled a bit this year compared to Stoner, who had won the last three races going into Italy. Yet it was Lorenzo who looked sharp from start to finish, grabbing the lead early and not relinquishing it despite pressure from Stoner and Dani Pedrosa.
Stoner ran into some trouble trying to keep pace with Lorenzo, but didn't blame his bike set-up. Instead, he said that he was tired from constant racing and had trouble sleeping in the week leading up to the competition.
"We'd hit a good set-up," said Stoner. "But then maybe halfway through the race when I felt like I was starting to get a feel for things, then all of a sudden I just started getting tired. My arms were struggling on the brakes. Ran wide a couple times and then started braking earlier, which lost me more time and just sort of built from there."
Pedrosa eventually nabbed second, while Stoner settled for third. The Australian still has a 35-point advantage over Lorenzo with five races left in the season.