Untouchable Lorenzo ignites title push in Spain

Jorge Lorenzo on his way to victory in Jerez

Jorge Lorenzo on his way to victory in Jerez

Jorge Lorenzo ignited his MotoGP world championship campaign with a lights-to-flag victory in the Spanish Grand Prix.

The factory Yamaha rider was untouchable in front of a 120,000 home crowd at the tight and twisty Jerez circuit as he cruised to a commanding first win of the 2015 season.

Marc Marquez, riding with a broken finger, managed to hold on to finish second with championship leader Valentino Rossi in third.

Polesitter Lorenzo progressively opened up a gap over Honda’s Marquez in second as the top two quickly moved away from the field.

Marquez was unable to stay on the back of the Yamaha but as the laps ticked by it was the other Yamaha of Rossi, which focussed his attention.

After passing Tech 3 Yamaha’s Pol Espargaro for third in the opening laps, Rossi set his sights on Marquez.

However, closing the gap proved a difficult prospect with Rossi only able to mount a charge in the final 10 laps.

The nine-time world champion did manage to close to within two seconds of the Spaniard, but in the end he had to settle for third and his 200th MotoGP podium finish.

The third place finish has seen Rossi increase his championship lead over Andrea Dovizioso to 15 points with Lorenzo now in third.

LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow came home in fourth after another strong performance from the Brit ahead of Pol Espargaro.

Ducati’s Andrea Iannone managed to salvage sixth after a disastrous start thats saw him drop to as low as 12th from third on the grid.

Aleix Espargaro was the top Suzuki in seventh, while Bradley Smith, Dovizioso and Yonny Hernandez completed the top 10.

Australia’s Jack Miller couldn’t extend his run of points finishes in 20th position despite having run as a high as 15th in the early stages of the race.

“It wasn’t a great race at all,”said Miller.

“We tried really hard, but towards the middle of the race I ran wide and lost the group. I pushed really hard to try and catch them up, but it was not enough.

“I had too many bad moments and decided if I kept on pushing like that I would end up crashing. So we finished the race, but not in the position I wanted. I hope in the tests on Monday we can find something positive for the races ahead.”

Dani Pedrosa’s replacement Hiroshi Aoyama crashed his works Honda just after the halfway mark.

Result: MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix, Jerez 

Position Rider Bike Laps Time/Gap
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 27 44:57.246s
2 Marc Márquez Honda 27 +5.576s
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 27 +11.586s
4 Cal Crutchlow Honda 27 +22.727s
5 Pol Espargaró Yamaha 27 +26.620s
6 Andrea Iannone Ducati 27 +27.021s
7 Aleix Espargaró Suzuki 27 +35.445s
8 Bradley Smith Yamaha 27 +36.296s
9 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 27 +41.933s
10 Yonny Hernández Ducati 27 +51.072s
11 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 27 +51.674s
12 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 27 +52.421s
13 Scott Redding Honda 27 +53.052s
14 Héctor Barberá Ducati 27 +53.200s
15 Álvaro Bautista Aprilia 27 +57.344s
16 Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 27 +59.018s
17 Nicky Hayden Honda 27 +1:01.506s
18 Eugene Laverty Honda 27 +1:03.163s
19 Marco Melandri Aprilia 27 +1:06.895s
20 Jack Miller Honda 27 +1:14.182s
21 Alex de Angelis ART/Aprilia 27 +1:26.832s
22 Mike Di Meglio Ducati 26 + 1 Lap
DNF Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 14 Retirement
DNF Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 8 Retirement
DNF Karel Abraham Honda 3 Retirement

Championship Standings 

Pos Rider Points
1 Valentino Rossi 82
2 Andrea Dovizioso 67
3 Jorge Lorenzo 62
4 Marc Marquez 56
5 Andrea Iannone 50
6 Cal Crutchlow 47
7 Bradley Smith 36
8 Aleix Espargaro 31
9 Pol Espargaro 26
10 Maverick Vinales 20
11 Danilo Petrucci 19
12 Scott Redding 13
13 Yonny Hernandez 12
14 Daniel Pedrosa 10
15 Hector Barbera 10
16 Jack Miller 6
17 Hiroshi Aoyama 5
18 Nicky Hayden 3
19 Loris Baz 2
20 Alvaro Bautista 2
21 Stefan Bradl 1

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