Dani Pedrosa produced a sublime performance to win the 3000th Grand Prix motorcycle race in style as he headed a Repsol Honda one-two from Marc Marquez at Jerez in Spain.

It was Pedrosa's first victory in Spain since he triumphed at Jerez in 2013 and he never appeared in serious trouble as he controlled the race from the front.

Marquez briefly threatened to challenge in the final third of the race as he reduced the deficit to less than one second, but pole-sitter Pedrosa had plenty left in reserve and responded to win comfortably on home soil by more than six seconds at the end as Marquez settled for the runner-up spot.

It was also a significant day for Jorge Lorenzo, who celebrated his maiden podium as a factory Ducati rider by living up the to promise he showed throughout the weekend to clinch third.

Behind him, rookie Johann Zarco was the top Yamaha rider on the satellite Tech 3 machine in fourth. The French rider had been on course for a rostrum until he was closed down and eventually dispatched by Lorenzo.

Normally regarded as a Yamaha circuit, factory riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales struggled at Jerez, with Rossi going backwards in the closing laps as he eventually limped home in tenth place.

The nine-time world champion managed to retain his lead in the MotoGP World Championship, but he now holds a slender two-point advantage over Vinales, who fared better in sixth.

Runner-up Marquez has moved right into contention in the title standings and is now only a further two points behind Rossi in third place, while Pedrosa also enters the equation, clawing back ground in fourth, only ten points down on Rossi.

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso finished fifth on the second of the factory GP17 machines ahead of Vinales, who had Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Ducati) breathing down his neck in seventh, four tenths behind the Movistar Yamaha rider.

Premier class newcomer Jonas Folger (Monster Tech 3 Yamaha) and Aleix Espargaro on the Gresini Aprilia both capitalised on Rossi's troubles to finish eighth and ninth respectively ahead of the Doctor.

There was bitter disappointment for Cal Crutchlow, with the British rider sliding out of fourth on the LCR Honda in the early stages at Turn 11. Seconds later, Pol Espargaro fell at the same corner on the Red Bull KTM as he tumbled out of 13th place.

Prior to that, Alvaro Bautista (Aspar Ducati) and Jack Miller on the EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda were involved in a minor scuffle when the pair ended up in the gravel after a coming together.

Andrea Iannone was another faller on the Ecstar Suzuki as he, too, went down at Turn 11 after running in ninth place.

Scott Redding took 11th on the Pramac Ducati followed by Hector Barbera, who only just held off his Avintia Ducati team-mate Loris Baz as the pair filled the top 13 places.

Bradley Smith was next (Red Bull KTM), while the final championship point went to Karel Abraham on the Aspar Ducati.

Sam Lowes finished 16th on the Gresini Aprilia while Japan's Takuya Tsuda was the final finished in 17th on the Ecstar Suzuki GSX-RR.

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Spanish MotoGP:1.Dani Pedrosa2.Marc Marquez3.Jorge Lorenzo4.Johann Zarco5.Andrea Dovizioso6.Maverick Vi?ales7.Danilo Petrucci8.Jonas Folger9.Aleix Espargaro10.Valentino Rossi11.Scott Redding12.Hector Barbera13.Loris Baz14.Bradley Smith15.Karel Abraham16.Sam Lowes17.Takuya Tsuda
Andrea Iannone
Tito Rabat
Cal Crutchlow
Jack Miller
Alvaro Bautista
Pol Espargaro

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