MOTOGP: Rossi defeats Marquez in Spain, Lorenzo taken out

MOTOGP: Rossi defeats Marquez in Spain, Lorenzo taken out

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MOTOGP: Rossi defeats Marquez in Spain, Lorenzo taken out

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Valentino Rossi beat MotoGP archrival Marc Marquez to win a thrilling Catalunya Grand Prix at Barcelona.

The pair spent the bulk of the race nose-to-tail and while Rossi emerged with his second victory of the season, Marquez now leads the championship after Jorge Lorenzo had a disastrous day.

Lorenzo got the jump off the line, but his race quickly unraveled. Rossi dropped to eighth at start, but picked his way through and took the lead from Lorenzo down the inside at Turn 1 at the start of lap six.

Marquez moved past at Turn 5 on the same lap, while Dani Pedrosa and Maverick Vinales also moved past the struggling world champion over the following laps.

With 10 laps remaining, Lorenzo was 10 seconds behind Rossi, with Andrea Iannone closing on him quickly.

There was worse to come. Iannone overshot the run into Turn 10 and his Ducati tagged the rear of Lorenzo’s Yamaha, taking both riders out of the race. That put the focus back on the battle at the front between Rossi and Marquez.

The gap fluctuated between three and six tenths of a second, with Rossi unable to shake the Honda rider and leading by 0.248s with five laps remaining.

Marquez then made his move. He slipped ahead briefly at Turn 10 later that lap, but Rossi recovered mid-corner and emerged with the lead.

Marquez breezed past the Yamaha down the front straight with four laps to go, but Rossi was able to hold on under braking into Turn 1. A lap later, Marquez made a move stick, but Rossi was able to stay close enough to reclaim the lead at the same place on the penultimate tour.

Rossi edged away slightly over the course of the lap, before a mistake by Marquez at Turn 7 gave the Italian breathing space for the final lap.

His second win of the campaign is his first at Barcelona since 2009. Rossi and Marquez’s frosty relationship did not prevent them from shaking hands in parc ferme post-race.

Marquez now leads the championship with 125 points, 10 clear of Lorenzo, with Rossi a further 12 behind.

Pedrosa turned his first front-row starting position of the year into third place, with Vinales eventually finishing a distant fourth, the pair having fought it out in a lively battle before they caught and passed Lorenzo.

Pol Espargaro was the first satellite rider home in fifth for Tech3 Yamaha, one spot ahead of LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow and factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso.

Alvaro Bautista was a late mover for Aprilia, picking up several places in the closing laps to finish eighth. The last man he passed was Danilo Petrucci, while Hector Barbera fell back from fourth on the grid to finish 10th.

After the race, Barbera was demoted one place for an illegal move at Turn 13 on the final lap, elevating Jack Miller to 10th, the Marc VDS Honda rider’s best race result in MotoGP.

RESULTS – 25 LAPS:

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 44m37.589s
2 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 2.652s
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 6.313s
4 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 24.388s
5 Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 29.546s
6 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 36.244s
7 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 41.464s
8 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Aprilia 42.975s
9 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 45.337s
10 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati Ducati 46.669s
11 Jack Miller Marc VDS Honda Honda 49.514s
12 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Aprilia 55.133s
13 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati Ducati 57.974s
14 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda Honda 1m00.141s
15 Michele Pirro Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m00.429s
16 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m16.269s
17 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati Ducati 1 Lap
Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki Retirement
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha Retirement
Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati Retirement
Bradley Smith Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Pos Rider Points
1 Marc Marquez 0.125
2 Jorge Lorenzo 0.115
3 Valentino Rossi 0.103
4 Dani Pedrosa 0.082
5 Maverick Vinales 0.072
6 Pol Espargaro 0.059
7 Aleix Espargaro 0.049
8 Hector Barbera 0.049
9 Andrea Dovizioso 0.043
10 Andrea Iannone 0.041
11 Eugene Laverty 0.039
12 Bradley Smith 0.029
13 Stefan Bradl 0.029
14 Alvaro Bautista 0.029
15 Danilo Petrucci 0.024
16 Cal Crutchlow 0.02
17 Michele Pirro 0.019
18 Scott Redding 0.016
19 Tito Rabat 0.013
20 Loris Baz 0.008
21 Jack Miller 0.007
22 Yonny Hernandez 0.003

 

Originally on Autosport.com

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