MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo wins as Dani Pedrosa crashes in Misano
By Tom RostanceBBC Sport
Jorge Lorenzo took a huge step toward regaining the MotoGP title as he won the San Marino Grand Prix in Misano and rival Dani Pedrosa crashed out.
Repsol Honda rider Pedrosa endured a torrid start and was then taken out by Hector Barbera halfway through lap one.
That left the way clear for Lorenzo to cruise to victory and extend his championship lead from 13 to 38 points.
Steve ParrishBBC motorcycling commentator
"We have been saying all season that this championship could come down to who makes the fewest mistakes - and while it wasn't his fault he didn't finish, Pedrosa has been punished in lethal style by Lorenzo."
That led to a delay of five minutes or so, during which Pedrosa had a problem with the front wheel of his bike.
(Spa): 270 points
He was forced to start the race from the back of the grid, and although he made up several places in the first few corners, he was then launched off his bike when Barbera ran into the back of him.
who has had a season littered with crashes
that have seen him break a leg and injure his back - went into the turn too quickly and could not stop, clattering into Pedrosa and sending him off into the gravel.
Lorenzo was left with an untroubled run to his sixth win of the season, and a result that almost trebled his championship lead.
British rider Crutchlow made a poor start from third on the grid and had been shuffled back to fifth before he crashed out on lap three.
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