Pedrosa wins, Lorenzo on podium in Jerez

Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa has taken a lights-to-flag victory in the Spanish Grand Prix as Jorge Lorenzo got his first podium for Ducati.

Marc Marquez closed in towards the end but did not seriously threaten his Repsol Honda team-mate, slotting into second in an all-Spanish podium.

Further back, there was a heated exchange between Jack Miller and Alvaro Bautista on Lap 6 when the Australian pushed the Spaniard after they crashed out together.

Pedrosa got the holeshot from pole position and cleared out on a medium compound rear tyre as fellow front row starters Marquez and Cal Crutchlow ran the hard rear.

Johann Zarco was also quick in the opening stages, moving up to third on Lap 2 and then passing Marquez on Lap 4, but Marquez got back in front of the Tech 3 Yahama rider next time around.

Pedrosa’s lead fluctuated until Marquez got it back under a second with three of 27 laps left to run.

However, the pole-sitter responded next time around and Marquez gave up the fight.

Lorenzo made steady progress from eighth on the grid to run fourth after Lap 6.

The three-time MotoGP world champion passed Zarco on Lap 12 and while the Frenchman initially stayed on his tail, Lorenzo gradually edged away.

Zarco would stay fourth while Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) won out in a battle for fifth with Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha).

Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Ducati), Jonas Folger (Tech 3 Yamaha), and Aleix Espargaro (Gresini Aprilia) filled seventh to ninth.

Valentino Rossi meanwhile laboured to 10th, over 38s behind the winner on his Movistar Yamaha.

Miller made fireworks after he and Bautista went down together at Turn 1 on Lap 6, with the Marc VDS Honda rider responding first by pushing Bautista in the back and then appearing to kick the #19 Aspar Ducati.

Crutchlow, who had been running fourth, crashed his LCR Honda on his own later that lap and also failed to finish.

While the top three in the world standing is unchanged, only two points now separate Rossi from Viñales and Viñales from Marquez, with Pedrosa just six points further back.

Round 5 is the French Grand Prix from May 19-21.

Race results: Spanish Grand Prix

Pos Num Rider Nation Team Bike Time/Gap
1 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 45’26.827
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +6.136
3 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team Ducati +14.767
4 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +17.601
5 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati +22.913
6 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +24.556
7 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati +24.959
8 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +27.721
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +31.233
10 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +38.682
11 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati +40.979
12 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +43.199
13 76 Loris BAZ FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +43.211
14 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +47.964
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati +51.279
16 22 Sam LOWES GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1’08.885
17 12 Takuya TSUDA JPN Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1’27.450
DNF 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 18 Laps
DNF 53 Tito RABAT SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 18 Laps
DNF 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 22 Laps
DNF 43 Jack MILLER AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 22 Laps
DNF 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 22 Laps
DNF 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 22 Laps

Championship points: After Round 4

Pos Rider Nation Points
1 Valentino ROSSI ITA 62
2 Maverick VIÑALES SPA 60
6 Johann ZARCO FRA 35
8 Jonas FOLGER GER 29
9 Jorge LORENZO SPA 28
10 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA 26
11 Scott REDDING GBR 26
12 Jack MILLER AUS 21
14 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA 14
15 Loris BAZ FRA 12
16 Hector BARBERA SPA 12
17 Andrea IANNONE ITA 9
18 Karel ABRAHAM CZE 9
19 Tito RABAT SPA 8
20 Alex RINS SPA 7
21 Bradley SMITH GBR 3
23 Sam LOWES GBR 0
24 Takuya TSUDA JPN 0

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