Courtesy of Red Bull Newsroom
Marquez settles for MotoGP second as Lorenzo completes Spanish GP podium.
Dani Pedrosa eased to victory in Jerez as the Repsol Honda Team dominated the Spanish Grand Prix.
It was a special victory for Pedrosa as it was the 3000th Grand Prix, even more so as he led the race from start to finish to move within 10 points of championship leader Valentino Rossi.
Pedrosa’s tyre strategy paid off handsomely from the opening action with reigning champion Marquez struggling to keep pace with him at the head of the field.
Italian Andrea Iannone and Britain’s Cal Crutchlow settled in behind them, however Yamaha’s Johann Zarco was the form rider as he carved his way through the pack.
Maverick Viñales, winner of the first two races, found the going tough down the order as Crutchlow and KTM’s Pol Espargaro both slid out with 22 laps left to go.
Lorenzo eventually made his way past Zarco for third place as the Frenchman began to lose grip on the baking surface, Italian Rossi sliding down the field behind him.
Andrea Dovizioso successfully got the jump on Vinales’ Yamaha late on, however Zarco was too far ahead of him to improve on his fifth place for Ducati.
With Lorenzo keeping safe distance from Zarco in the closing action for his first Ducati podium, the loud home fans got to enjoy an all-Spanish top three as Pedrosa and Marquez cruised around up front to end the race.
Seven-time MotoGP champion Rossi is now only two points ahead of Viñales in the 2017 rider standings after his poor 10th place with Marquez four behind and Pedrosa 10.
Bradley Smith finished back in 14th for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing as the action moves on next to Le Mans for the French Grand Prix in a fortnight’s time.