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MotoGP 2016 Jerez race results
The Doctor fends off his rivals to take his 113th career victory
IT BECAME Valentino Rossi's 113th career win at Jerez on Sunday as he led from start to finish with team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in second, Marc Marquez third.
Rossi led from pole position, but it was Lorenzo and Repsol Honda Team duo Marquez and Dani Pedrosa who were hot on the Italian's case.
Pedrosa quickly made his mark on the RC213V as he put himself into third midway through the first lap, but across the line Marquez was on the attack and into Turn 6, the Spaniard was forced wide as Pedrosa defended well.
Through into Turn 9 Lorenzo put on a similiar stance to Marquez, but the Italian was able to fend off his team-mate and the Honda's despite them closing the gap.
Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso chased Suzuki Ecstar's Aleix Espargaro for fifth position as Maverick Viñales remained at the tail end of the Ducati. Dovizioso’s team-mate, Andrea Iannone was having a terrible race as he drowned down to 14th in the opening laps.
All of the leaders lapped in the mid 1:40's as Rossi attempted to eke out a lead whilst Marquez looked for a way through on Lorenzo. The Italian's lead was soon up to over half a second as he upped his pace lap after lap. The gap was soon at around a second and Lorenzo nor Marquez could match 'The Doctors' pace.
Disaster struck for Dovizioso on the tenth lap as yet again, through no fault of his own, his race came to an end. The factory Ducati rider was forced to sit up as his Desmosedici GP had a mechanical issue which meant he was forced to retire.
‘The Doctors’ had soon pulled out a lead of over two seconds with no one able to match his lap times. Behind him Lorenzo was tangled with Marquez as the Repsol rider continued to apply the pressure.
Pol Espargaro led the next large group ahead of Eugene Laverty. Just behind them Iannone and British rider Cal Crutchlow pushed each other hard for 10th position. In front, Pedrosa had Aleix Espargaro to contend with as the Spaniard worked hard to fend off the Suzuki rider.
With over half race distance gone, Lorenzo broke free from the pressure Marquez was placing and opened up a one second lead on his fellow Spaniard. Marquez had chosen to race with winglets on his Honda which apparently enables the front end to stay down, but this also ran the risk of overheating the front tyre over race distance.
Ten laps remaining saw Lorenzo closing the gap to Rossi with Marquez clearly off the reigning World Champ's mind. A gap that was once three seconds quickly dropped to two and that gap continued to fall by a couple of tenths a lap.
Rossi responded to Lorenzo’s increased pace and once again dropped into the low 1:41s allowing the gap to grow to over three seconds. Lorenzo was then unable to push any further and settled for valuable Championship points instead.
Pedrosa withstood Aleix Espargaro’s challenge to end in fourth ahead of the Spaniard whilst, after a terrible start to the race, Iannone tried to make up for lost time and raced past Pol Espargaro to finish seventh just behind Viñales.
Eugene Laverty and Hector Barbera completed the top ten whilst Alvaro Bautista crashed out of the race at Turn 11 after battling with Cal Crutchlow in the opening stages.
The next round takes place in France for round five of the 2016 MotoGP World Championship.
1. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 45:28.834
2. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 45:31.220 (+2.386)
3. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team 45:35.921 (+7.087)
4. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team 45:39.185 (+10.351)
5. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar 45:42.977 (+14.143)
6. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar 45:45.606 (+16.772)
7. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team 45:55.111 (+26.277)
8. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 45:59.584 (+30.750)
9. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team 46:01.159 (+32.325)
10. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing 46:01.458 (+32.624)
11. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda 46:07.331 (+38.497)
12. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 46:08.503 (+39.669)
13. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing 46:14.061 (+45.227)
14. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini 46:16.720 (+47.886)
15. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team 46:16.822 (+47.988)
16. Michele Pirro ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich 46:18.248 (+49.414)
17. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 46:18.347 (+49.513)
18. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 46:22.168 (+53.334)
19. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich 46:34.389 (+1:05.555)
DNF. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team
DNF. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini
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