Jerez: MotoGP, Moto2, 125 GP Results

MotoGP

Jorge Lorenzo branded today’s Gran Premio bwin de España at Jerez "a beautiful race" after edging out his compatriot Dani Pedrosa to take the win in front of an enthusiastic Spanish crowd.

Pedrosa brought his Repsol Honda home in second place, to make it a Spanish one-two, with reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi rounding out the podium in third. The 25 points secured today move Lorenzo to the top of the championship standings.

His traditional lightning start to the race saw pole holder Pedrosa lead into the first turn, with Rossi making up two places from the grid to move into second place. Nicky Hayden also got a good start from the second row of the grid to slot into third place as the field headed towards turn two.

Loris Capirossi’s race ended at the last turn on lap three, as the veteran Italian pushed just a little too hard, lost the front and crashed uninjured. Aleix Espargaro also crashed shortly after, but was able to return to the race following running repairs in pit lane.

Ben Spies was the next casualty, pitting and retiring from the race after struggling with a front tyre problem on his Yamaha M1 while running in the top ten.

As the midway point of the race approached Pedrosa was leading well at a second-and-a-half ahead of Rossi, with Lorenzo a further two seconds back. The fight for seventh place was a close one, with San Carlo Honda Gresini team-mates Marco Melandri and Marco Simoncelli battling one another amongst a group of five riders.

At the same time Lorenzo was closing the gap on Rossi and on lap 21 passed his teammate before turning his focus to fellow countryman, Pedrosa. From there a superb duel developed between the two Spaniards.

With two laps to go Lorenzo caught up with the factory Honda rider and made his move to pass, but Pedrosa held his line and the two almost touched as the excitement continued to increase.

In the end it came down to the last lap and as Pedrosa drifted wide at the Dry Sack corner while trying to defend his line Lorenzo swept through to assume the lead, which he held to the chequered flag. Crossing the line the Fiat Yamaha rider was 0.543s ahead of Pedrosa, with Rossi placing third to complete the podium.

Lorenzo promptly celebrated his win by jumping fully clothed into the lake in the centre of the Jerez circuit…

Jorge Lorenzo says: "I saw the lake on Thursday and thought it would be funny to jump in. I think the fans liked it, but I didn’t really think about how heavy I’d be with wet leathers and for a minute I thought I wasn’t going to get out," declared Lorenzo. "The dream nearly turned into a nightmare."

The Fiat Yamaha rider was eventually rescued by marshals and returned to pit lane to continue the victory celebrations.

"After a bad start I rode like a demon to get the front and I had a great fight with Dani when I eventually caught him. When I tried to pass him the first time we nearly crashed, but I knew I had to try again on the final lap. I know it’s better to win races calmly from the front; today I had to fight on every lap," concluded the new Championship leader.

Completing the top five were Ducati Marlboro riders Nicky Hayden, who repeated his fourth spot from Qatar, and Casey Stoner, with Andrea Dovizioso taking sixth place.

Mika Kallio completed an impressive rise from last place on the grid to take seventh, with Melandri, Randy de Puniet and Álvaro Bautista also placing inside the top ten.

Moto GP Jerez de la Frontera, Sunday, May 02, 2010

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 99 Jorge
LORENZO
SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 158.2 45’17.538
2 20 26 Dani
PEDROSA
SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 158.2 +0.543
3 16 46 Valentino
ROSSI
ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 158.1 +0.890
4 13 69 Nicky
HAYDEN
USA Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 157.7 +9.015
5 11 27 Casey
STONER
AUS Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 157.6 +10.034
6 10 4 Andrea
DOVIZIOSO
ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 156.9 +23.144
7 9 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac
Racing Team
Ducati 156.2 +34.489
8 8 33 Marco
MELANDRI
ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 156.2 +34.687
9 7 14 Randy
DE PUNIET
FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 156.1 +36.160
10 6 19 Alvaro
BAUTISTA
SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 156.1 +36.791
11 5 58 Marco
SIMONCELLI
ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 156.1 +37.155
12 4 5 Colin
EDWARDS
USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 156.0 +38.260
13 3 40 Hector
BARBERA
SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 156.0 +38.371
14 2 7 Hiroshi
AOYAMA
JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 154.7 +1’02.052
15 1 41 Aleix
ESPARGARO
SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 136.4 3 Laps
Not Classified
    11 Ben SPIES USA Monster
Yamaha Tech 3
Yamaha 154.8 20 Laps
    65 Loris
CAPIROSSI
ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 151.6 25 Laps

Moto2

An eventful Moto2 race saw Toni Elías take his first Grand Prix victory since his win in Estoril back in 2006 after a shortened 17-lap contest following a pile-up on the second lap of the original race.

A coming together between Simone Corsi and Shoya Tomizawa at the Dry Sack corner saw the Japanese rider slide out and deposit fuel on the track surface, which brought down a number of following riders. The race was red flagged and then restarted 30 minutes later, after some frantic work in pit lane to repair the bikes that had been involved in the crash.

With 42 riders fighting for position and all lapping within one second of each other more crashes were inevitable, with Karel Abraham, Andrea Iannone and Joan Olivè all early fallers.

Kenny Noyes was the first rider to get to the front and then try to gap the pursuing pack but, try as he might, the American simply couldn’t escape from the clutches of Toni Elias, Thomas Lüthi and championship leader, Tomizawa. With six laps to go, nine riders were still in with a chance of victory.

Overtaking moves were not in short supply as the frontrunners constantly pushed one another, and as the final laps approached Elias, Tomizawa, Lüthi and Takahashi weree nose to tail.

To the delight of the Spanish crowd it was Elías who pulled off a double overtake to take the chequered flag, 0.190s ahead of Tomizawa who maintains his Championship lead with his podium finish. Lüthi, at a further seven-thousandths behind completed the top three in a fantastic grandstand finish, as he moved into third place in the overall standings.

Takahashi and Corsi both finished inside the top five. Sergio Gadea followed Corsi home, meaning the top six riders were all former Grand Prix winners. Noyes, Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar), Gabor Talmacsi (Fimmco Speed Up), and Yonny Hernández (Blusens-STX) completing the top ten.

Moto2 Jerez de la Frontera, Sunday, May 02, 2010

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Gresini
Racing Moto2
Moriwaki 150.5 29’58.726
2 20 48 Shoya
TOMIZAWA
JPN Technomag-CIP Suter 150.5 +0.190
3 16 12 Thomas
LUTHI
SWI Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 Moriwaki 150.5 +0.261
4 13 72 Yuki
TAKAHASHI
JPN Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 150.4 +0.558
5 11 3 Simone
CORSI
ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 150.4 +1.449
6 10 40 Sergio
GADEA
SPA Tenerife 40 Pons Pons Kalex 150.4 +1.496
7 9 9 Kenny NOYES USA Jack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris 150.3 +2.215
8 8 60 Julian
SIMON
SPA Mapfre Aspar Team RSV 150.3 +2.576
9 7 2 Gabor
TALMACSI
HUN Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 150.2 +3.825
10 6 68 Yonny
HERNANDEZ
COL Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 149.9 +6.691
11 5 16 Jules
CLUZEL
FRA Forward Racing Suter 149.8 +8.123
12 4 44 Roberto
ROLFO
ITA Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 149.5 +11.965
13 3 77 Dominique
AEGERTER
SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 149.5 +12.190
14 2 65 Stefan
BRADL
GER Viessmann Kiefer Racing Suter 149.5 +12.295
15 1 8 Anthony
WEST
AUS MZ Racing Team MZ-RE Honda 149.4 +12.545
16   45 Scott
REDDING
GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 149.4 +12.678
17   14 Ratthapark
WILAIROT
THA Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG Bimota 149.4 +13.548
18   71 Claudio
CORTI
ITA Forward Racing Suter 149.2 +15.642
19   80 Axel PONS SPA Tenerife
40 Pons
Pons Kalex 149.1 +16.740
20   35 Raffaele
DE ROSA
ITA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 148.9 +19.368
21   10 Fonsi NIETO SPA Holiday
Gym G22
Moriwaki 148.8 +20.956
22   63 Mike DI
MEGLIO
FRA Mapfre Aspar Team RSV 148.7 +21.129
23   61 Vladimir
IVANOV
UKR Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki 147.9 +31.224
24   39 Robertino
PIETRI
VEN Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 147.9 +31.275
25   6 Alex DEBON SPA Aeroport
de Castello – Ajo
FTR 147.8 +33.283
26   52 Lukas PESEK CZE Matteoni
CP Racing
Moriwaki 147.7 +34.090
27   76 Bernat
MARTINEZ
SPA Maquinza-SAG Team Bimota 147.3 +38.705
28   17 Karel
ABRAHAM
CZE Cardion AB Motoracing RSV 147.3 +39.384
29   41 Arne TODE GER Racing
Team Germany
Suter 146.9 +43.839
30   92 Amadeo
LLADOS
SPA Llados Racing Team AJR 146.7 +46.896
31   53 Valentin
DEBISE
FRA WTR San Marino Team ADV 146.7 +47.080
32   25 Alex
BALDOLINI
ITA Caretta Technology Race Dept I.C.P. 146.6 +47.216
33   88 Yannick
GUERRA
SPA Holiday Gym G22 Moriwaki 146.6 +47.777
34   95 Mashel
AL NAIMI
QAT Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 145.9 +56.595
Not Classified
    91 Ivan MORENO SPA Andalucia
Cajasol
Moriwaki 146.6 9 Laps
    59 Niccolo
CANEPA
ITA RSM Team Scot Force GP210 140.5 9 Laps
    75 Mattia
PASINI
ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 145.9 11 Laps
    55 Hector
FAUBEL
SPA Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 142.5 15 Laps
Not Starting
    29 Andrea
IANNONE
ITA Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up   0 Lap
    5 Joan OLIVE SPA Jack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris   0 Lap

125CC GP

Pol Espargaró kicked off the Spanish domination of all three classes at today’s Gran Premio bwin de España by taking a hard fought win and led an all-Spanish 125cc podium at Jerez, ahead of Nico Terol and Esteve Rabat.

There was immediate drama before the opening lap had been completed, as pole position holder and one of the strong favourites for victory on home soil Marc Márquez crashed out, sustaining a dislocation in his right arm in the process.

The early stages of the race saw a group of five riders establish themselves as the main competitors for the podium, and by the midway point it was still Terol , Espargaró, Efrén Vázquez, Sandro Cortese and Tito Rabat who were challenging one another at the front of the race.

Cortese’s chances of securing a podium finish ended around lap 16 when the suspension linkage on the rear of his bike broke and he eventually finished in a very creditable 11th place with no rear suspension. Shortly after Cortese dropped back Vázquez crashed out, leaving Espargaró, Terol and Rabat to sort out the final podium positions between them.

Coming into the final lap Espargaró pulled a gap on his pursuers to take the win ahead of Championship leader Terol, who maintains his lead in the overall standings, with Rabat a further 13 seconds back. Bradley Smith took fourth place at the track at which he won last season, with Tomoyoshi Koyama completing the top five.

Alberto Moncayo (Andalucia Cajasol) was sixth as he added another Spanish name to the top ten, with Johann Zarco (WTR San Marino Team), Randy Krummenacher (Stipa-Molenaar Racing), Alexis Masbou (Team Ongetta) and Jasper Iwema (CBC Corse) also securing top-ten finishes.

125cc GP Jerez de la Frontera, Sunday, May 02, 2010

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 44 Pol
ESPARGARO
SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 146.7 41’36.146
2 20 40 Nicolas
TEROL
SPA Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 146.6 +1.886
3 16 12 Esteve
RABAT
SPA Blusens-STX Aprilia 145.8 +15.180
4 13 38 Bradley
SMITH
GBR Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 145.7 +17.110
5 11 71 Tomoyoshi
KOYAMA
JPN Racing Team Germany Aprilia 145.3 +25.069
6 10 23 Alberto
MONCAYO
SPA Andalucia Cajasol Aprilia 145.2 +26.860
7 9 14 Johann
ZARCO
FRA WTR San Marino Team Aprilia 145.1 +27.102
8 8 35 Randy
KRUMMENACHER
SWI Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP Aprilia 145.1 +28.465
9 7 5 Alexis
MASBOU
FRA Ongetta Team Aprilia 145.0 +28.963
10 6 53 Jasper
IWEMA
NED CBC Corse Aprilia 143.3 +58.830
11 5 11 Sandro
CORTESE
GER Avant Mitsubishi Ajo Derbi 143.1 +1’03.035
12 4 78 Marcel
SCHROTTER
GER Interwetten Honda 125 Honda 143.0 +1’04.722
13 3 26 Adrian
MARTIN
SPA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo Aprilia 143.0 +1’04.841
14 2 84 Jakub
KORNFEIL
CZE Racing Team Germany Aprilia 143.0 +1’05.248
15 1 39 Luis SALOM SPA Lambretta
Reparto Corse
Lambretta 142.8 +1’09.300
16   57 Isaac
VIÑALES
SPA Catalunya Racing Team Aprilia 142.7 +1’09.540
17   87 Luca
MARCONI
ITA Ongetta Team Aprilia 141.3 +1’34.926
18   58 Joan
PERELLO
SPA SAG Castrol Honda 140.9 +1’42.695
19   59 Johnny
ROSELL
SPA SAG Castrol Honda 140.4 +1’51.484
20   63 Zulfahmi
KHAIRUDDIN
MAL AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 140.4 +1’51.525
21   80 Quentin
JACQUET
FRA Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP Aprilia 140.3 1 Lap
22   72 Marco
RAVAIOLI
ITA Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 140.1 1 Lap
Not Classified
    94 Jonas
FOLGER
GER Ongetta Team Aprilia 145.0 1 Lap
    99 Danny WEBB GBR Andalucia
Cajasol
Aprilia 145.1 2 Laps
    7 Efren
VAZQUEZ
SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 146.6 5 Laps
    60 Michael
VAN DER MARK
NED Team Sachsenring Aprilia 140.0 8 Laps
    69 Louis ROSSI FRA CBC
Corse
Aprilia 141.0 9 Laps
    51 Riccardo
MORETTI
ITA Fontana Racing Aprilia 141.3 18 Laps
    50 Sturla
FAGERHAUG
NOR AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 129.9 22 Laps
    32 Lorenzo
SAVADORI
ITA Matteoni CP Racing Aprilia   0 Lap
    93 Marc
MARQUEZ
SPA Red Bull Ajo Motorsport Derbi   0 Lap