Marc Marquez went even further ahead of his rivals in the MotoGP World Championship stakes by taking 25 points home when he won the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez this afternoon.
The reigning World Champion took his fourth victory from four races this season after overcoming Valentino Rossi during a frenetic tussle over the opening laps, with Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa also getting involved while disputing 3rd place. In the end, Rossi claimed 2nd behind Marquez while Pedrosa couldn’t quite make the pass on the Italian after overtaking Lorenzo with eight laps to go. Lorenzo was out of sorts in the final stint, offered no resistance to Pedrosa and eventually slipped over five seconds behind the Repsol Honda rider by the chequered flag.
The battle over 5th place proved the most long-lived entertainment of the race, with Andrea Dovizioso, Alvaro Bautista and Aleix Espargaro contesting the spot. Dovizioso led for most of the way after intially taking the lead of the race at turn one, only for Bautista – who had moved up the order excellently – to attack during the last few laps. Bautista couldn’t match Dovizioso’s speed in a straight line, and anything the Spaniard managed to achieve in the corners was wiped out as the Ducati man sped back past down the following straight. Dovizioso prevailed, while Bautista fended off an increasingly wild Espargaro for 6th.
Bradley Smith led home Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Pol Espargaro in 8th and 9th, with Stefan Bradl, Nicky Hayden, Hiroshi Aoyama, Scott Redding, Yonny Hernandez and Hector Barbera rounding out the points.
Cal Crutchlow’s struggles with the Ducati continued as he retired from the race in the opening stages with a front brake failure, while Colin Edwards saw a solid day’s work on Saturday come to nought when he retired with a single lap remaining.
Marquez now leads the championship by 28 points from Pedrosa.
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