Marquez cruises to Jerez win after Pedrosa escapes from big crash

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Spanish MotoGP. 6 May 2018 –
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Spaniard eases into title lead at home race and celebrates with floss dance.

Marc Marquez managed to avoid a big crash involving Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa to win the Spanish Grand Prix and grab a 12-point lead in the 2018 MotoGP title race. Here is all you need to know:



– The Spaniard sat behind three-time champion Jorge Lorenzo in the early stages before slipping past at the end of lap 8 to take the lead from his compatriot.

Spanish MotoGP. 6 May 2018 –
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– Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Italian Andrea Dovizioso battled hard to try and catch Marquez, however they all collided on lap 18 to force them out of the race completely.

– Frenchman Johann Zarco moved into second place to lead home a trio of Italians in Andrea Iannone, Danilo Petrucci and seven-time champion Valentino Rossi.

– Marquez now takes the outright lead in the championship by 12 points from Zarco with Spaniard Maverick Vinales, Iannone and Dovizioso close behind.

– The 25-year-old, who did a floss dance move on his bike over the finish line, declared: “I was convinced before the race that I was able to win. We started on the second row but I was clever. I pushed. The race is very long and you must manage many things.”

– The Cervera native has now won the Spanish Grand Prix twice since his 2013 debut and has four MotoGP titles to his name from 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.

– Red Bull KTM Factory Racing riders Mika Kallio, Pol Espargaró and Bradley Smith finished in 10th, 11th and 13th respectively to score precious points.

Spanish MotoGP , 6 May 2018 –
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Gold & Goose/Red Bull Content Pool

Spanish Grand Prix results

1 Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda Team 41’39.678
2 Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +5.241
3 Andrea Iannone ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +8.214
4 Danilo Petrucci ITA Alma Pramac Racing +8.617
5 Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +8.743

Championship standings after round 4 of 19

1 Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda Team 70
2 Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 58
3 Maverick Vinales SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 50
4 Andrea Iannone ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 47
5 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team 46

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