Earning back-to-back stage wins for the second time in his season, Jorge Lorenzo built upon the success achieved at Silverstone a fortnight ago with a triumph in San Marino on Sunday.
BBC Sport confirmed the news:
Jorge Lorenzo beats championship leader Marc Marquez in San Marino #MotoGP. Britain's Cal Crutchlow finishes in sixth— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) September 15, 2013
The Spaniard, using Yamaha’s new seamless shift gearbox for the first time in a Grand Prix this year, recorded a time of 44 minutes and 5.522 seconds to grab his fifth victory of the year.
As a result, the 26-year-old pulls level on points with Dani Pedrosa in second with the Spanish duo both sitting on 219 points, an acceptable tally by any rider’s standards.
All except one, it seems. Even after coming second in Misano, Marc Marquez sits even prettier than he did prior to the race and has stretched his lead to 34 points, breaking the 250-point barrier as a result of his runner-up finish.
As far as the overall standings are concerned, Marquez could miss the next race entirely and still guarantee his spot atop the pile, such has been his dominance in 2013.
It’s not that Lorenzo doesn’t have the quality to overcome his 20-year-old compatriot on the individual basis, as was proved this weekend, but when it comes to the bigger picture, it’s all very much too little, too late.
In fact, Lorenzo and Marquez both have five victories to their name this season, but the tale of the latter’s campaign has been consistency, while the former hasn’t been able to string together results with the same frequency.
Azi Farni moved to support such claims regarding Lorenzo's evident talent:
Lorenzo and Marquez now level with 5 wins each. For all the talk of how Marquez is changing the game, Lorenzo is responding like a champion— Azi Farni (@AziFarniBBC) September 15, 2013
Compared to Marquez’s tally of finishing on the top-three podium 12 times this year, Lorenzo has managed to do so on just nine occasions.
It’s in these small battles that the war has been fought and lost, tried but failed.
With only five stages of the season remaining, the rest of the MotoGP field has little to no time left if they’re to mount an assault on Marquez’s table-topping form.
Can anyone stop Marquez at this stage?
The Honda Repsol starlet has been nothing short of a revelation to the sport this year, and, while attention may have been focused on preventing other, more established stars from winning, Marquez has gleefully lapped up results at just about every time of asking.
Even if Marquez wasn’t to win again this year, he still has the ability in his locker to win the world championship through other podium placements.
Lorenzo’s latest victory may have put some doubt on Marquez’s hopes of sealing the world title later this year, but it’s nothing he can’t overcome.