MotoGP: Lorenzo wins the Spanish GP at Jerez

    The Yamaha rider had been quickest in three practice sessions, took a straightforward pole, and carried that commanding form into the race.

    Published On May 04, 2015 01:25:00 PM

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    MotoGP: Lorenzo wins the Spanish GP at Jerez

    Jorge Lorenzo revitalised his MotoGP title bid by dominating the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.

    The Yamaha rider had been quickest in three of the first three practice sessions, took a straightforward pole, and carried that commanding form into the race.

    Lorenzo fended off Marc Marquez through the opening laps and then had little trouble extending a four-second lead that he nursed to the finish to earn a first win since last October's Japanese GP. 

    Despite needing surgery on a fractured finger following a motocross crash just eight days ago, Marquez was able to claim second for Honda.

    Valentino Rossi picked his way through to third but could not catch Marquez, although the result still gave him a record 200th podium at grand prix level.

    Cal Crutchlow emerged from an early battle with Pol Espargaro to claim fourth for LCR Honda.

    Ducati expected Jerez to be a tough circuit and its factory riders made life harder for themselves with mistakes.

    Andrea Iannone tumbled down the order with a poor start from the front row, while Andrea Dovizioso ended up last when he slid through the gravel on lap one.

    Iannone recovered to sixth, catching Espargaro at the end, and Dovizioso battled back to ninth.

    Aleix Espargaro resisted pressure from Bradley Smith to take seventh for Suzuki.

    The best battle of the race was a five-way scrap between the Pramac Ducatis of Danilo Petrucci and Yonny Hernandez, Maverick Vinales' Suzuki, Scott Redding's Marc VDS Honda and Hector Barbera's Avintia Ducati for 10th.

    Hernandez fought his way to the front of the queue by the end to complete the top 10.

    RESULTS - 27 LAPS:

    PosRiderTeamBikeGap
    1Jorge LorenzoYamahaYamaha44m57.246s
    2Marc MarquezHondaHonda5.576s
    3Valentino RossiYamahaYamaha11.586s
    4Cal CrutchlowLCRHonda22.727s
    5Pol EspargaroTech 3Yamaha26.620s
    6Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati27.021s
    7Aleix EspargaroSuzukiSuzuki35.445s
    8Bradley SmithTech 3Yamaha36.296s
    9Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati41.933s
    10Yonny HernandezPramac RacingDucati51.072s
    11Maverick VinalesSuzukiSuzuki51.674s
    12Danilo PetrucciPramac RacingDucati52.421s
    13Scott ReddingMarc VDSHonda53.052s
    14Hector BarberaAvintia RacingDucati53.200s
    15Alvaro BautistaAprilia GresiniAprilia57.344s
    16Stefan BradlForward RacingYamaha Forward59.018s
    17Nicky HaydenAsparHonda1m01.506s
    18Eugene LavertyAsparHonda1m03.163s
    19Marco MelandriAprilia GresiniAprilia1m06.895s
    20Jack MillerLCRHonda1m14.182s
    21Alex de AngelisIodaRacing ProjectART/Aprilia1m26.832s
    22Mike Di MeglioAvintia RacingDucati1 Lap
    -Hiroshi AoyamaHondaHondaRetirement
    -Loris BazForward RacingYamaha ForwardRetirement
    -Karel AbrahamAB MotoracingHondaRetirement

    POINTS

    PosRiderPoints
    1Valentino Rossi82
    2Andrea Dovizioso67
    3Jorge Lorenzo62
    4Marc Marquez56
    5Andrea Iannone50
    6Cal Crutchlow47
    7Bradley Smith36
    8Aleix Espargaro31
    9Pol Espargaro26
    10Maverick Vinales20
    11Danilo Petrucci19
    12Scott Redding13
    13Yonny Hernandez12
    14Daniel Pedrosa10
    15Hector Barbera10
    16Jack Miller6
    17Hiroshi Aoyama5
    18Nicky Hayden3
    19Loris Baz2
    20Alvaro Bautista2
    21Stefan Bradl1

     

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