MISANO ADRIATICO, Italy -- Defending champion Jorge Lorenzo claimed a second consecutive MotoGP victory after leading almost from start to finish at the San Marino Grand Prix on Sunday.
Lorenzo, who has now won his last three races at Misano, finished 3.379 seconds ahead of championship leader Marc Marquez. Dani Pedrosa was third, completing an all-Spanish podium.
The 26-year-old Lorenzo started behind Marquez but swiftly took the lead and built an advantage of two seconds over the opening two laps.
Lorenzo, who won the British GP at the beginning of the month, now moves joint second in the standings, level with Pedrosa and 34 points behind Marquez.
The 20-year-old Marquez is aiming to become the first rookie to win the championship since American Kenny Roberts in 1978.