Jorge Lorenzo has a nineteen point lead at the halfway stage of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship after a crushing victory at Mugello. The Yamaha rider led from start to finish to beat Dani Pedrosa by five seconds, a margin of victory which, in truth, didn't do Lorenzo justice.
Having started from pole, it was no surprise to see Pedrosa lead the drag race to San Donato but the Honda rider ran slightly wide when arrived at the corner, opening the door for Lorenzo to sneak through. Things would get worse for Dani at Casanova as Andrea Dovizioso dived through into second.
It would take Pedrosa until the end of lap five to overhaul the Tech 3 Yamaha and Lorenzo was already over a second ahead. In clear air, Dani put in a brief spurt to try and reel in the race leader but once Lorenzo upped his pace, the identity of the winner was never in doubt. The final spot on the podium was far less clear cut though.
Andrea Dovizioso led the fast starting Stefan Bradl but Casey Stoner was looming dangerously behind them as his harder tyres came on strong. We would never find out how quick he would be able to go though as the world champion outbraked himself at Correntaio before he ever made it to Bradl. This promoted Nicky Hayden to fifth with Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow squabbling over sixth.
Bradl was dreaming of a first MotoGP podium and managed to find a way past Dovizioso on lap ten. The German held on despite intense pressure from the no.4 Yamaha but Andrea would finally take control three laps from the finish, taking third at San Donato. Their battle had brought the Ducatis back into play and Hayden was right in touch at the start of the final lap.
The American forced his way past at Luco but Bradl wasn't taking it lying down and repassed spectacularly into Materassi. Hayden was forced wide as a result and would lose out to Rossi and Crutchlow before the end of the final lap. Casey Stoner recovered to eighth with Hector Barbera unable to repeat his qualifying heroics, ending up a low-key ninth ahead of Alvaro Bautista and an off-colour Ben Spies.
Randy de Puniet led an Aspar 1-2 as far as the CRT bikes were concerned while James Ellison was next up, finishing right on the tail of Aleix Espargaro in fourteenth to score a couple of points.