Fortuna Aprilia's Jorge Lorenzo
took his first ever 250cc victory with an awesome display at the Jerez season opener on Sunday.
With Alex de Angelis
for company at the halfway stage of the race, Lorenzo pulled away from the San Marino rider, and opening up a lead which he held right to the flag.
"I have never felt like I do today, this is the best day of my life so far," declared Jorge. "Winning my first 250 race in front of my home fans is very special, and it wasn't an easy race. I thought after the first few laps that things were going to be difficult, but in the second half I picked up a good rhythm and it carried me to the line. I'm so happy, this is the best way to start the new season with a new bike."
De Angelis rode a solid race into second, whilst a late charge by Yuki Takahashi
kept the interest up for third place. Andrea Dovizioso
and Hector Barbera had battled for the entire race for third spot, but when the Japanese rider arrived to the chasing group he was lapping a second quicker.
A fiery last lap saw Dovizioso and Barbera bashing fairings, with Takahashi also involved in the battle. In the end Barbera was forced wide and a defensive last corner manoeuvre saw Dovizioso hang on to the final podium spot from Takahashi. Barbera and Aoyama completed the top six, leading Locatelli, Cardenas, Guintoli and Vincent.250cc top ten – Spanish Grand Prix:
1. Lorenzo (Aprilia)
2. de Angelis (Aprilia) +4.919secs
3. Dovizioso (Honda) +8.865secs
4. Takahashi (Honda) +8.922secs
5. Barbera (Aprilia) +9.515secs
6. H. Aoyama (KTM) +23.622secs
7. Locatelli (Aprilia) +34.520secs
8. Cardenas (Honda) +50.898secs
9. Guintoli (Aprilia) +56.314secs
10. Vincent (Honda) +1min 4.082secs
13. Davies (Aprilia) +1min 30.466secs