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.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
12599Jorge
LORENZO
SPAFiat Yamaha TeamYamaha158.245’17.538
22026Dani
PEDROSA
SPARepsol Honda TeamHonda158.2+0.543
31646Valentino
ROSSI
ITAFiat Yamaha TeamYamaha158.1+0.890
41369Nicky
HAYDEN
USADucati Marlboro TeamDucati157.7+9.015
51127Casey
STONER
AUSDucati Marlboro TeamDucati157.6+10.034
6104Andrea
DOVIZIOSO
ITARepsol Honda TeamHonda156.9+23.144
7936Mika KALLIOFINPramac
Racing Team
Ducati156.2+34.489
8833Marco
MELANDRI
ITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda156.2+34.687
9714Randy
DE PUNIET
FRALCR Honda MotoGPHonda156.1+36.160
10619Alvaro
BAUTISTA
SPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki156.1+36.791
11558Marco
SIMONCELLI
ITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda156.1+37.155
1245Colin
EDWARDS
USAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha156.0+38.260
13340Hector
BARBERA
SPAPaginas Amarillas AsparDucati156.0+38.371
1427Hiroshi
AOYAMA
JPNInterwetten Honda MotoGPHonda154.7+1’02.052
15141Aleix
ESPARGARO
SPAPramac Racing TeamDucati136.43 Laps
Not Classified
  11Ben SPIESUSAMonster
Yamaha Tech 3
Yamaha154.820 Laps
  65Loris
CAPIROSSI
ITARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki151.625 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.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
12524Toni ELIASSPAGresini
Racing Moto2
Moriwaki150.529’58.726
22048Shoya
TOMIZAWA
JPNTechnomag-CIPSuter150.5+0.190
31612Thomas
LUTHI
SWIInterwetten Moriwaki Moto2Moriwaki150.5+0.261
41372Yuki
TAKAHASHI
JPNTech 3 RacingTech 3150.4+0.558
5113Simone
CORSI
ITAJIR Moto2Motobi150.4+1.449
61040Sergio
GADEA
SPATenerife 40 PonsPons Kalex150.4+1.496
799Kenny NOYESUSAJack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris150.3+2.215
8860Julian
SIMON
SPAMapfre Aspar TeamRSV150.3+2.576
972Gabor
TALMACSI
HUNFimmco Speed UpSpeed Up150.2+3.825
10668Yonny
HERNANDEZ
COLBlusens-STXBQR-Moto2149.9+6.691
11516Jules
CLUZEL
FRAForward RacingSuter149.8+8.123
12444Roberto
ROLFO
ITAItaltrans S.T.R.Suter149.5+11.965
13377Dominique
AEGERTER
SWITechnomag-CIPSuter149.5+12.190
14265Stefan
BRADL
GERViessmann Kiefer RacingSuter149.5+12.295
1518Anthony
WEST
AUSMZ Racing TeamMZ-RE Honda149.4+12.545
16 45Scott
REDDING
GBRMarc VDS Racing TeamSuter149.4+12.678
17 14Ratthapark
WILAIROT
THAThai Honda PTT Singha SAGBimota149.4+13.548
18 71Claudio
CORTI
ITAForward RacingSuter149.2+15.642
19 80Axel PONSSPATenerife
40 Pons
Pons Kalex149.1+16.740
20 35Raffaele
DE ROSA
ITATech 3 RacingTech 3148.9+19.368
21 10Fonsi NIETOSPAHoliday
Gym G22
Moriwaki148.8+20.956
22 63Mike DI
MEGLIO
FRAMapfre Aspar TeamRSV148.7+21.129
23 61Vladimir
IVANOV
UKRGresini Racing Moto2Moriwaki147.9+31.224
24 39Robertino
PIETRI
VENItaltrans S.T.R.Suter147.9+31.275
25 6Alex DEBONSPAAeroport
de Castello – Ajo
FTR147.8+33.283
26 52Lukas PESEKCZEMatteoni
CP Racing
Moriwaki147.7+34.090
27 76Bernat
MARTINEZ
SPAMaquinza-SAG TeamBimota147.3+38.705
28 17Karel
ABRAHAM
CZECardion AB MotoracingRSV147.3+39.384
29 41Arne TODEGERRacing
Team Germany
Suter146.9+43.839
30 92Amadeo
LLADOS
SPALlados Racing TeamAJR146.7+46.896
31 53Valentin
DEBISE
FRAWTR San Marino TeamADV146.7+47.080
32 25Alex
BALDOLINI
ITACaretta Technology Race DeptI.C.P.146.6+47.216
33 88Yannick
GUERRA
SPAHoliday Gym G22Moriwaki146.6+47.777
34 95Mashel
AL NAIMI
QATBlusens-STXBQR-Moto2145.9+56.595
Not Classified
  91Ivan MORENOSPAAndalucia
Cajasol
Moriwaki146.69 Laps
  59Niccolo
CANEPA
ITARSM Team ScotForce GP210140.59 Laps
  75Mattia
PASINI
ITAJIR Moto2Motobi145.911 Laps
  55Hector
FAUBEL
SPAMarc VDS Racing TeamSuter142.515 Laps
Not Starting
  29Andrea
IANNONE
ITAFimmco Speed UpSpeed Up 0 Lap
  5Joan OLIVESPAJack
& 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.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
12544Pol
ESPARGARO
SPATuenti RacingDerbi146.741’36.146
22040Nicolas
TEROL
SPABancaja Aspar TeamAprilia146.6+1.886
31612Esteve
RABAT
SPABlusens-STXAprilia145.8+15.180
41338Bradley
SMITH
GBRBancaja Aspar TeamAprilia145.7+17.110
51171Tomoyoshi
KOYAMA
JPNRacing Team GermanyAprilia145.3+25.069
61023Alberto
MONCAYO
SPAAndalucia CajasolAprilia145.2+26.860
7914Johann
ZARCO
FRAWTR San Marino TeamAprilia145.1+27.102
8835Randy
KRUMMENACHER
SWIStipa-Molenaar Racing GPAprilia145.1+28.465
975Alexis
MASBOU
FRAOngetta TeamAprilia145.0+28.963
10653Jasper
IWEMA
NEDCBC CorseAprilia143.3+58.830
11511Sandro
CORTESE
GERAvant Mitsubishi AjoDerbi143.1+1’03.035
12478Marcel
SCHROTTER
GERInterwetten Honda 125Honda143.0+1’04.722
13326Adrian
MARTIN
SPAAeroport de Castello – AjoAprilia143.0+1’04.841
14284Jakub
KORNFEIL
CZERacing Team GermanyAprilia143.0+1’05.248
15139Luis SALOMSPALambretta
Reparto Corse
Lambretta142.8+1’09.300
16 57Isaac
VIÑALES
SPACatalunya Racing TeamAprilia142.7+1’09.540
17 87Luca
MARCONI
ITAOngetta TeamAprilia141.3+1’34.926
18 58Joan
PERELLO
SPASAG CastrolHonda140.9+1’42.695
19 59Johnny
ROSELL
SPASAG CastrolHonda140.4+1’51.484
20 63Zulfahmi
KHAIRUDDIN
MALAirAsia – Sepang Int. CircuitAprilia140.4+1’51.525
21 80Quentin
JACQUET
FRAStipa-Molenaar Racing GPAprilia140.31 Lap
22 72Marco
RAVAIOLI
ITALambretta Reparto CorseLambretta140.11 Lap
Not Classified
  94Jonas
FOLGER
GEROngetta TeamAprilia145.01 Lap
  99Danny WEBBGBRAndalucia
Cajasol
Aprilia145.12 Laps
  7Efren
VAZQUEZ
SPATuenti RacingDerbi146.65 Laps
  60Michael
VAN DER MARK
NEDTeam SachsenringAprilia140.08 Laps
  69Louis ROSSIFRACBC
Corse
Aprilia141.09 Laps
  51Riccardo
MORETTI
ITAFontana RacingAprilia141.318 Laps
  50Sturla
FAGERHAUG
NORAirAsia – Sepang Int. CircuitAprilia129.922 Laps
  32Lorenzo
SAVADORI
ITAMatteoni CP RacingAprilia 0 Lap
  93Marc
MARQUEZ
SPARed Bull Ajo MotorsportDerbi 0 Lap