Lorenzo makes it four in a row as Marquez crashes

Marc Marquez before he crashed

Jorge Lorenzo led home his teammate Valentino Rossi to claim his fourth consecutive victory as Marc Marquez crashes out.

Movistar Yamaha’s Lorenzo led from start to finish once again to close the gap on his teammate Rossi in the standings to just one point, much to the home crowds delight. The Spaniard controlled the race from the front beautifully to claim the second 1-2 of the season for his Factory Yamaha team after Le Mans.

Repsol Honda’s Marquez was battling with Lorenzo for the lead in the opening stages of the race before crashing out at turn 10 on the third lap, possibly ending any chance he has of retaining his MotoGP World Championship title in the process.

Track temperatures reached almost 50 degrees, the hottest recorded over the weekend, as the MotoGP race at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya got underway. Lorenzo led into the first corner as Team Suzuki Ecstar’s pole-man Aleix Espargaro dropped down to 9th after he struggled to propel his GSX-RR off the line.

Immediately Lorenzo set about finding his rhythm, and by the time Rossi had moved into second on lap 4, the Spaniard had already establish a 1.5 second lead at the front.

Try as Rossi might, he could not make any serious impression on this gap until Lorenzo eased off on the last lap, and the nine-time World Champion had to settle for second, 0.885s behind his teammate.

Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa rode a lonely race in third, finishing over 19-seconds behind Lorenzo. Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone claimed fourth, after a great fight with Bradley Smith on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1, with the British rider crossing the line in fifth as the leading Satellite rider.

Maverick Vinales on the second GSX-RR recovered from finding himself down in 11th after a disastrous start from the front row, to finish in a career best sixth position.

Scott Redding (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) equaled the best result of his MotoGP career in seventh, with Stefan Bradl (Athina Forward Racing) taking the Open class win in eighth.

Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) and Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) completed the top ten, as a number of riders either crashed out or retired.

Yonny Hernandez, Cal Crutchlow, Andrea Dovizioso, and both of the Espargaro brothers all hit the deck as only 16 riders completed the race.


Pos Pts No. Rider Nat Team Bike Time Speed Behind
1 25 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA 42'53.208 165.3 0.000s
2 20 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA 42'54.093 165.2 0.885
3 16 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 43'12.663 164.0 19.455
4 13 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Ducati Team DUCATI 43'18.133 163.7 24.925
5 11 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 43'20.990 163.5 27.782


163.4 29.559
7 9 45 Scott REDDING GBR EG 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA 43'29.632 163.0 36.424
8 8 6 Stefan BRADL GER Athina Forward Racing YAMAHA FORWARD 43'35.311 162.6 42.103
9 7 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Octo Pramac Racing DUCATI 43'42.558 162.


10 6 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA 43'45.777 162.0 52.569
11 5 43 Jack MILLER AUS CWM LCR Honda HONDA 43'46.874 161.9 53.666
12 4 50 Eugene LAVERTY IRL Aspar MotoGP Team HONDA 43'48.973 161.8 55.765
13 3 76 Loris BAZ FRA Athina Forward Racing YAMAHA FORWARD 43'49.040 161.8 55.832
14 2 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing DUCATI 44'02.245 161.0 1'09.037
15 1 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART 44'18.471 160.0 1'25.263
16 0 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing DUCATI 43'35.670 156.1 1 lap
DNF 0 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA SUZUKI Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 34'37.015 163.8 5 laps
DNF 0 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA HONDA Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 23'20.849 157.9 12 laps
DNF 0 33 Marco MELANDRI ITA APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 10'58.022 155.1 19 laps
DNF 0 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA DUCATI Ducati Team Ducati 11'39.502 145.9 19 laps
DNF 0 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 6'57.659 162.9 21 laps
DNF 0 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team Honda 5'55.818 143.4 22 laps
DNF 0 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR HONDA CWM LCR Honda Honda 7'12.563 118.0 22 laps
DNF 0 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL DUCATI Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 3'30.978 161.3 23 laps

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