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MotoGP Jerez: Pedrosa wins, Marquez bumps Lorenzo!

5 May 2013

Spanish riders filled the MotoGP podium at Jerez on Sunday, when Dani Pedrosa rode to his first victory of the season - and rookie Marc Marquez bumped past world champion Jorge Lorenzo at the very final turn!

It was an almost exact replica of Valentino Rossi's controversial clash with Sete Gibernau at the last corner of the 2005 grand prix.

To rub further salt into the wound, it was the corner that had been renamed in Lorenzo's honour on Saturday!

Lorenzo was left shaking his head in anger and disbelief as he crossed the line in third. When Marquez later attempted to apologise to Lorenzo in parc ferme - and on the podium - Lorenzo brushed him away with a wagged finger.

After he had calmed down a little, Lorenzo confessed that he had made a mistake in not closing the door more firmly into the final turn. Marquez was "sorry", but saw the door had been left a little open and said the same type of move had been made many times at that turn.

Tyre performance was predicted to be crucial in the baking afternoon heat and it was Pedrosa who managed it best, in front of over 111,000 home fans.

After briefly taking the lead from pole sitter Lorenzo at turn one, the Repsol Honda star made his winning pass at the hairpin on lap 6 of 27, just as team-mate Marquez was almost within reach of the leading pair.

Pedrosa eventually pulled 2.4s clear of the struggling Lorenzo, leaving Yamaha's double world champion to try and fend off the considerable challenge of Marquez.

Winner last time in Austin and equal with Lorenzo at the head of the standings, Marquez saw his early efforts to pass Lorenzo thwarted - ending any chance of challenging Pedrosa.

Marquez then regrouped during the middle stages, before closing back in on Lorenzo for a last lap attack.

The obvious place was the end of the back straight, where Lorenzo took a defensive line. Marquez still dived inside, but ran wide, then closed back in through the Stadium section to launch the do-or-die last corner pass.

Best of the non-Spaniards was Lorenzo's team-mate Valentino Rossi, who tussled with Marquez in the early laps before spending much of the race in a lonely fourth.

'Battered and bruised' after two heavy falls on Saturday, Cal Crutchlow initially threatened Rossi before being embroiled in a battle for fifth with home Gresini Honda rider Alvaro Bautista.

Nicky Hayden and factory Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso took seventh and eighth, with Aleix Espargaro again the top CRT rider in ninth for Aspar. Tech 3 rookie Bradley Smith completed the top ten.

Ducati test rider and former Gresini CRT racer Michele Pirro made his Desmosedici race debut as a wild-card, finishing in eleventh.

Five riders crashed out.

Karel Abraham, who had attempted to return from a broken right collarbone at Austin, withdrew on Friday. Pramac Ducati's Ben Spies missed the event in order to undergo further rehabilitation on his healing shoulder.

Marquez now leads the world championship by three points from Pedrosa, with Lorenzo one point further behind. Each of the trio has won one race so far this year,

A test session will be held at Jerez on Monday.

Spanish MotoGP:
1. Dani Pedrosa
2. Marc Marquez
3. Jorge Lorenzo
4. Valentino Rossi
5. Cal Crutchlow
6. Alvaro Bautista
7. Nicky Hayden
8. Andrea Dovizioso
9. Aleix Espargaro
10. Bradley Smith
11. Michele Pirro
12. Hector Barbera
13. Michael Laverty
14. Danilo Petrucci
15. Colin Edwards
16. Bryan Staring
17. Claudio Corti
18. Hiroshi Aoyama
Stefan Bradl
Andrea Iannone
Lukas Pesek
Randy De Puniet
Yonny Hernandez


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