first_imgVALENCIA, Spain (AP):Jorge Lorenzo won his third MotoGP title with a victory at the season-ending Valencia GP yesterday as Valentino Rossi failed to make up enough ground on his Yamaha team-mate from the back of the grid.Lorenzo entered the race trailing Rossi by seven points but the veteran Italian couldn’t manage more than a fourth-place finish. Rossi, who needed second place to guarantee the title, started last on the grid because of a penalty for kicking Marc Marquez in the previous race.Lorenzo finished with 330 points, five more than Rossi, who was trying to win his eighth world title and the first since 2009.”I tried to focus to go as fast as possible,” Lorenzo said. “I just wanted to keep my concentration and prayed to finish the race.”Lorenzo added to his MotoGP triumphs in 2010 and 2012, after wins in the 250cc category in 2006 and 2007. The 28-year-old Spaniard started from pole position and stayed in front at the Ricardo Tormo circuit outside Valencia. He grabbed Spain’s flag and rode with it around the track in his victory lap.”It was very emotional. I was crying throughout the victory lap,” he said. “What we achieved today is huge after a very difficult season. Five times now. I’m very proud to have won this world title for Spain.”Marquez, the winner of the last two MotoGP championships, finished the race right behind Lorenzo in second, but never tried to make a significant move for the lead. Dani Pedrosa, winner of two of the last three races, was third to close out the all-Spanish podium.last_img read more

first_img× Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (C) leaps in celebration alongside Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain (L) and team mate Valtteri Bottas of Finland.   –  Reuters SHARE SHARE EMAIL Four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel won the Australian Grand Prix for Ferrari on Sunday to dash Mercedes’ hopes of extending their dominance into a fourth successive season of Formula One.The German cruised to his 43rd race victory with a 9.9 second gap to Mercedes’ runner-up Lewis Hamilton, with the Briton’s new team mate, Valtteri Bottas, finishing third.It was Vettel’s fourth win for Ferrari and his first since the Singapore Grand Prix in September 2015.That win in Singapore was also the last time Ferrari had topped the podium but Vettel’s victory at Albert Park underlined the huge leap in performance made by the team, who were encouraged by their cars’ pace and reliability in winter testing. “It’s a long, long way ahead but for now we’re just over the moon … It was a great race, I enjoyed it,” Vettel said in a podium interview with former Red Bull team mate Mark Webber.Vettel’s 2007 championship-winning team mate Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen one behind.Vettel, who started alongside pole-sitter Hamilton, had said after qualifying he hoped for a good start to reel in Mercedes.Hamilton got away smoothly and having broke clear of Vettel, was first to pit on lap 18 to change tyres.However, it proved a turning point in the race as he rejoined behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and was then unable to pass the feisty Dutch teenager, Hamilton venting on the team radio as Vettel forged ahead.The German pitted at lap 23 and exited the pit-lane just in front of Verstappen, who was still gamely holding off Hamilton.Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff was enraged, with television pictures showing him pounding his fist into a desk in the team garage.Vettel showed the reigning constructors’ champions a clean set of heels and quickly established a six-second gap, which widened as the race went on.It was a tough day for Red Bull’s home racer Daniel Ricciardo, who started off with a five-grid penalty for a gearbox change and then had to retire with smoke billowing from his car on turn three midway through the race.In between, his car came to a stop on the way to lining up at the starting grid and he was forced to join the race from pit-lane two laps behind after frantic work in the garage to fix a sensor problem with his gearbox.Six other cars failed to finish, including McLaren’s twice champion Fernando Alonso and Renault’s Jolyon Palmer. COMMENT SHARE March 26, 2017center_img It was Vettel’s fourth win for Ferrari and his first since the Singapore Grand Prix in September 2015. Published on Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (C) leaps in celebration alongside Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain (L) and team mate Valtteri Bottas of Finland.   –  Reuters motorsport COMMENTSlast_img read more