MotoGP Jerez Results
Jorge Lorenzo may only have led one lap during round 2 of MotoGP in Jerez, but it was the most important one. The Spaniard took the lead on his Fiat Yamaha M1 on the last lap, taking the checkered flag after a fierce battle with fellow countryman Dani Pedrosa.
The 22-year-old now leads the championship with 45 points, as his teammate Valentino Rossi sits in second with 41 points.
Jorge Lorenzo says: "It has always been one of my dreams to win a MotoGP race in Spain and this was like a movie, everything that could possibly happen did! It was a very hard race because I made such a bad start and then found it very difficult in the first laps – I gave myself a tough job to do. After that I started to feel better and rode like a demon to get to the front."
Lorenzo continued: "Once I passed Valentino I knew that I couldn’t take it easy, I had to try everything to win and it was all I could think about. I had a great fight with Dani and in one moment we nearly crashed so I had to try again, on the very last lap! I know it’s better to win races calmly, from the front, but lately that hasn’t been the way for us and I have had to fight on every lap."
But his fight was well done, considering he started from second on the grid and was in fifth by the second lap. Lorenzo said he was struggling with "getting a rhythm" due to having a full tank of gas. As expected, Pedrosa, who had pole position, got the holeshot and begin a dominating performance, leading every lap until the final one.
Also getting up from quickly from fourth to second was Nine-time World Champion and Qatar winner Rossi, followed by Ducati Marlboro rider Nicky Hayden, who started in third, and his teammate Casey Stoner.
By lap five, Lorenzo began picking away at the riders ahead, taking Stoner first. On lap 10, Lorenzo passed Hayden for third, but was almost 1.5 seconds behind Rossi. But with about three-quarters of the race done, he began picking up speed, suddenly the fastest rider on the 2.752-mile circuit.
Lorenzo passed his teammate on lap 21, and began storming towards Pedrosa. Now it was Yamaha vs. Honda, and Spaniard vs. Spaniard as the two dueled, almost touching during the battle. Pedrosa kept a tight line until pushing his RC212V wide at the "Dry Sack" corner on lap 27, where Lorenzo passed him for the lead, and eventually finish 0.543 seconds ahead.
Dani Pedrosa says: "I tried to hold him off for as long as possible but in the end I couldn’t. Second place after leading for all but half a lap is disappointing obviously, but after the first race at Qatar this is a good result for us."
Taking third was Rossi, who struggled at Jerez with set-up and the shoulder he injured during a motocross training accident in Italy.
Valentino Rossi says: "This just wasn’t our race this year. We have struggled all weekend, first with my shoulder and then with the bike, and in the race today I couldn’t do any more than third."
Arriving in fourth was Hayden, with Stoner in fifth. Crashing out was Rizla Suzuki rider Loris Capirossi. Pramac Racing rider Aleix Espargaro also went down, but was able to finish the race. The rookie Ben Spies retired from the race after having problems with the front tire on his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1 while competing inside the top ten.
MotoGP will return after a three-week break of the French Grand Prix at Le Mans on May 23.
MotoGP Jerez Results
1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 45’17.538
2. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team + 00.543
3. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team + 00.890
4. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team + 9.015
5. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team + 10.034
6. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team + 23.144
7. Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team + 34.489
8. Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 34.687
9. Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP + 36.160
10. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 36.791
11. Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 37.155
12. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 38.260
13. Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team + 38.371
14. Hiroshi Aoyama (JAP) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP + 1’02.052
15. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team 3 Lap
DNF: Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 20 Lap
DNF: Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 25 Lap
MotoGP Standings after Round 2
1. Jorge Lorenzo, 45
2. Valentino Rossi, 41
3. Dani Pedrosa, 29
4. Andrea Dovizioso, 26
5. Nicky Hayden, 26
6. Randy de Puniet, 17
7. Colin Edwards, 12
8. Casey Stoner, 11
9. Ben Spies, 11
10. Marco Melandri, 11
11. Marco Simocelli, 10
12. Mika Kallio, 9
13. Hiroshi Aoyama, 8
14. Loris Capirossi, 7
15. Hector Barbera, 7
16. Alvaro Bautista, 6
17. Aleix Espargaro