Lorenzo Closes On Rossi with Barcelona Victory

Jorge Lorenzo has now closed to within a single point of Valentino Rossi in the MotoGP championship battle after leading home another Yamaha 1-2 in Barcelona. The Spaniard maintained his record of leading every lap for the fourth consecutive race to hold off his teammate with Dani Pedrosa salvaging a podium for Repsol Honda on another day which ended in despair for Marc Marquez.

After their fairytale result in qualifying, Suzuki were brought back down to earth at the start with Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales both engulfed on the approach to turn one. Predictably, Lorenzo grabbed the holeshot from Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso with Valentino Rossi eventually holding fourth after fighting his way past the Tech 3 Yamahas. Cal Crutchlow’s race didn’t last longer than the fourth corner though after being eased off by the recovering Aleix Espargaro.

Marquez wouldn’t be in the running for much longer either as his desperate efforts to keep in touch with Lorenzo’s Yamaha finally came to a head on lap three. Under braking for turn ten, Marquez lost control of his RC213V and came perilously close to tailgating Lorenzo. He fortunately managed to dodge the no.99 but as soon as he hit the gravel trap, Marc’s machine hit the deck and took him out of the action.

Dovizioso inherited second but his spell between the Movistar Yamahas was rather brief with the Italian sliding out himself in a rare error on lap six. Rossi was thus promoted to second but two seconds of empty tarmac separated him and his teammate out in front. Unlike in previous races, Rossi not only matched Lorenzo but started to reel him in but try as he might, ‘The Doctor’ ran out of laps with Jorge taking the chequered flag with 0.885s in hand.

Pedrosa ghosted through to third with Andrea Iannone next up on the sole remaining factory Ducati. The Italian was among the riders to benefit from crashes for both Espargaro brothers with Pol tumbling on lap five and Aleix throwing away a possible fourth place five laps from the finish.

Bradley Smith continued to avoid such pitfalls, extending his 100% finishing record in fifth, while Maverick Vinales took a career-best MotoGP result in sixth after seeing off an improving Scott Redding. The British youngster brought his Honda home in seventh ahead of open-class winner Stefan Bradl and Danilo Petrucci while Alvaro Bautista gave Aprilia their best finish since returning to MotoGP in tenth.



PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
199. Jorge LorenzoYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP42:53.208
246. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP+0.885
326. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team+19.455
429. Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati Team+24.925
538. Bradley SmithYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 3+27.782
625. Maverick VinalesSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR+29.552
745. Scott ReddingHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS+36.424
86. Stefan BradlYamaha ForwardAthina Forward Racing+42.103
99. Danilo PetrucciDucatiPramac Racing+49.350
1019. Alvaro BautistaApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini+52.569
1143. Jack MillerHondaCWM LCR Honda+53.666
1250. Eugene LavertyHondaAspar MotoGP Team+55.765
1376. Loris BazYamaha ForwardAthina Forward Racing+55.832
1463. Mike Di MeglioDucatiAvintia Racing+1:09.037
1515. Alex de AngelisARTOcto IodaRacing Team+1:25.263
168. Hector BarberaDucatiAvintia Racing+1 Lap
NC41. Aleix EspargaroSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR+5 Laps
NC69. Nicky HaydenHondaAspar MotoGP Team+12 Laps
NC33. Marco MelandriApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini+19 Laps
NC4. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team+19 Laps
NC44. Pol EspargaroYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 3+21 Laps
NC93. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team+22 Laps
NC35. Cal CrutchlowHondaCWM LCR Honda+22 Laps
NC68. Yonny HernandezDucatiPramac Racing+23 Laps
NS17. Karel AbrahamHondaAB MotoracingInjured