Jorge Lorenzo opens season with victory

April 09, 2012, Monday/ 17:46:00

Pole-sitter Jorge Lorenzo of Spain overtook defending MotoGP champion Casey Stoner of Australia with three laps left to cruise to victory in the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix.

Lorenzo, the 2010 champion, was 0.8 seconds faster than countryman Dani Pedrosa, who passed Stoner with two laps remaining in the 22-lap race at Losail International Circuit. It was Lorenzo’s 18th victory and first in Qatar.

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