MotoGP: Pedrosa takes dominant home win

MotoGP: Pedrosa takes dominant home win

5th May 2013 11:38 pm

Pedrosa had taken the lead from Lorenzo off the line, but he lost the place at the second corner.

Dani Pedrosa took a dominant win in the MotoGP race at Jerez, while Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo clashed at the final corner.

Pedrosa had taken the lead from Lorenzo off the line, but he lost the place at the second corner.

Lorenzo and Pedrosa then pulled away from the rest of the field until lap six, when the Honda rider made it back into the lead with a move into the Dry Sack hairpin.

From there, Pedrosa pulled away as Lorenzo's attention switched to rookie Marquez, who had dealt with a fast starting Valentino Rossi in the early laps to get up to third.

Marquez seemed to back off after a few failed attempts at taking second place, but he came on strong again in the closing stages to get back onto the reigning champion's tail.

The 20-year-old failed with a lunge into Dry Sack on the final lap, where he ran wide and allowed Lorenzo to hang onto the place.

But Marquez closed back up in the following corners to get a run into the final hairpin - which has been renamed after Lorenzo - to make a last gasp attack.

As Marquez dived up the inside, Lorenzo tried to hang on around the outside and the pair made contact, with Lorenzo getting pushed off the track and having to settle for third place.

Behind them, Rossi took a lonely fourth, while Cal Crutchlow fought off Alvaro Bautista to take fifth place.

Behind Nicky Hayden in seventh, his Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso had a battle with the CRT bike of Aleix Espargaro for eighth place.

Espargaro briefly got ahead of the works Ducati, but he eventually had to settle for ninth.

Results - 27 laps:

Pos Driver            Team/Car                  Time/Gap
 1. Dani Pedrosa      Honda                   45m17.632s
 2. Marc Marquez      Honda                     + 2.487s
 3. Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                    + 5.089s
 4. Valentino Rossi   Yamaha                    + 8.914s
 5. Cal Crutchlow     Tech 3 Yamaha             + 12.663s
 6. Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda             + 15.094s
 7. Nicky Hayden      Ducati                    + 25.632s
 8. Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati                    + 41.881s
 9. Aleix Espargaro   Aspar Aprilia             + 43.812s
10. Bradley Smith     Tech 3 Yamaha             + 44.461s
11. Michele Pirro     Ducati                    + 45.974s
12. Hector Barbera    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki      + 59.859s
13. Michael Laverty   Paul Bird PBM-Aprilia     + 1m09.743s
14. Danilo Petrucci   Ioda-Suter-BMW            + 1m17.813s
15. Colin Edwards     Forward FTR-Kawasaki      + 1m18.177s
16. Bryan Staring     Gresini FTR-Honda         + 1m18.928s
17. Claudio Corti     Forward FTR-Kawasaki      + 1m19.307s
18. Hiroshi Aoyama    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki      + 1m19.457s

Retirements:

    Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda                   24 laps
    Andrea Iannone    Pramac Ducati               24 laps
    Lukas Pesek       Ioda-Suter-BMW              24 laps
    Randy de Puniet   Aspar Aprilia               25 laps
    Yonny Hernandez   Paul Bird Aprilia           25 laps

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