Rossi Claims Dominant Spanish GP Victory

Valentino Rossi rolled back the years with a dominant victory in the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez, leading every lap on the way to his first win of the year. The Italian led away from pole position with Jorge Lorenzo unable to keep up and despite a mid-race rally from the defending champion, Rossi always had matters under control.

With the three championship favourites together on the front row, a thrilling race was in prospect but much of the action came early on as Lorenzo and Marc Marquez fought to keep Rossi in sight. Lorenzo made a move on his teammate entering the stadium section on lap two but with the Spaniard running slightly wide, Rossi regained the advantage and never looked back.

Within six laps, the lead had stretched beyond a second and with Rossi remaining consistent in the low 1:40s, Lorenzo had fallen three seconds back by half distance with Marquez looking dangerous on his tail. A slight dip from Rossi eleven laps from home handed half a second to his teammate and appeared to hand Jorge hope as he closed to within two seconds on lap nineteen. Just as a close finish looked to be possible, Rossi responded and with Lorenzo appearing to struggle with rear tyre issues, ‘The Doctor’ eased home to a tremendous win.

Marquez faded badly in the second half of the Grand Prix, eventually trailing Lorenzo by nearly five seconds, but third spot saw him maintain his championship lead. Dani Pedrosa followed his teammate home in fourth with the Suzukis of Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales fifth and sixth. Andrea Iannone recovered from a poor qualifying and an even worse start to salvage seventh but Ducati endured another bittersweet afternoon with the luckless Andrea Dovizioso ruled out by a problem at the rear of his bike.

The British riders had disappointing outings with the exception of Eugene Laverty who took an excellent ninth for Aspar, just behind Pol Espargaro, but Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith toiled their way to eleventh and twelfth respectively. Scott Redding fared even worse, ending up the last of the nineteen finishers.



146. Valentino ROSSIYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP45:28.83425
299. Jorge LORENZOYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP+2.38620
393. Marc MARQUEZHondaRepsol Honda Team+7.08716
426. Dani PEDROSAHondaRepsol Honda Team+10.35113
541. Aleix ESPARGAROSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR+14.14311
625. Maverick VINALESSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR+16.77210
729. Andrea IANNONEDucatiDucati Team+26.2779
844. Pol ESPARGAROYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 3+30.7508
950. Eugene LAVERTYDucatiAspar MotoGP Team+32.3257
108. Hector BARBERADucatiAvintia Racing+32.6246
1135. Cal CRUTCHLOWHondaLCR Honda+38.4975
1238. Bradley SMITHYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 3+39.6694
1376. Loris BAZDucatiAvintia Racing+45.2273
146. Stefan BRADLApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini+47.8862
1568. Yonny HERNANDEZDucatiAspar MotoGP Team+47.9881
1650. Michele PIRRODucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich+49.414
1743. Jack MILLERHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS+49.513
1853. Tito RABATHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS+53.334
1945. Scott REDDINGDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich+1:05.555
NC4. Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiDucati Team+18 Laps
NC19. Alvaro BAUTISTAApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini+22 Laps