Posted: Sun July 15, 2012 11:33AM; Updated: Sun July 15, 2012 11:33AM

Lorenzo cruises to commanding win at Italian GP

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MUGELLO, Italy (AP) -- World championship leader Jorge Lorenzo of Spain dominated the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, coming from second on the grid to beat compatriot Dani Pedrosa.

Lorenzo overtook Pedrosa to take the lead on the first turn and remained in front to cruise to a commanding fifth victory of the season.

Pedrosa was 5.223 seconds behind. Andrea Dovizioso of Italy was third, 10.665 seconds behind Lorenzo.

Lorenzo, the 2010 world champion, extended his lead at the top of the standings to 19 points.

Defending world champion Casey Stoner finished eighth, more than 30 seconds behind Lorenzo.

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