The three biggest names of
MotoGP—Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez—raced like there was no
tomorrow and then finally Rossi romped home victorious at the Gran Premio Red
Bull de España. The MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix saw Rossi lead from start to
finish, winning from Lorenzo and Marquez with ease.
Rossi, Lorenzo and Marquez had
filled the top three spots of almost every practice session and lined up next
to each other on the front row of the grid. As the lights went out, the racers
in their medium rear tyres gripped the throttles and leaned forward as they
took off to the sound of thunderous applaud from spectators and the roar of
their motorcycle engines as it fired away on the track.
Valentino Rossi led the pack
from the very beginning , followed by his teammate from Movistar Yamaha Jorge
Lorenzo and Repsol Honda Team duo Marc
Marquez and Dani Pedrosa almost snapping their heels.
Fans were transfixed on the
leading four, few noticing the incredible start of Eugene Laverty (Aspar Team
MotoGP) who was in eighth as the third lap began and the leading Independent
Team rider. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) chased Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki
Ecstar) for fifth with Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) on the tail of his
Ducati. Dovizioso’s teammate, Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) was having a
terrible race, dropping like a stone down to 14th in the opening laps.
All of the leaders lapped in
the mid 1’40s, Rossi trying to escape as Marquez looked for a way through on
Lorenzo. His lead would soon be over half a second, Rossi upped his pace lap
after lap and drew out hundredths of a second at each corner. Before long the
gap was at a second, Valentino Rossi seemingly doing as his teammate had done
so many times before and breaking the field early in the race. No matter what
Lorenzo did he was unable to close in on Rossi nor shake off Marquez.
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
encountered a terminal issue, forcing him to ride back into the pits and once
again make the long walk across the garage to watch the race.
Overtakes were scarce at the
front but the battle for seventh place produced some thrilling racing, Pol
Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) leading the group ahead of Laverty. Just
behind them Andrea Iannone and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) pushed each other hard
for 10th position, not what either rider wanted before the race. In front,
Pedrosa had Aleix Espargaro to contend with, Pedrosa working hard to hold off
the Suzuki man. Since his fifth in Austin, Espargaro has been in some of the
best form of his career after a setup breakthrough.
For the 113th time in his
career and the 87th time in the premier class, Valentino Rossi pulled a wheelie
across the line to celebrate victory. After the disappointment of Austin, the
result is exactly what ‘The Doctor’ needed. Behind him Jorge Lorenzo took his
100th premier class podium finish and Marquez was able to keep the lead of the
Championship, his lead reduced slightly to 17 points. Pedrosa withstood
Espargaro’s challenge to end in fourth ahead of the Spaniard.
Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki
Ecstar), Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team), Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3),
Eugene Laverty (Aspar Team MotoGP) and Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing)
completed the top ten.
Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia
Racing Team Gresini) crashed out of the race at Turn 11 after battling with Cal
Crutchlow in the opening stages.
The Monster Energy Grand Prix
de France will seem them do it all again for round five of the 2016 World
Gran Premio Red Bull De
España, MotoGP Race Classification 2016
Pos. Points Rider Team Bike
1 25 Valentino
Rossi Movistar Yamaha
2 20 Jorge
Lorenzo Movistar Yamaha
3 16 Marc
Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda
4 13 Dani
Pedrosa Repsol Honda
5 11 Aleix
Espargaro Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
6 10 Maverick
Viñales Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
7 9 Andrea
IANNONE Ducati Team Ducati
8 8 Pol
Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
9 7 Eugene
Laverty Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati
10 6 Hector
Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati
11 5 Cal
Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda
12 4 Bradley
Smith Monster Yamaha
Tech 3 Yamaha
13 3 Loris
14 2 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Racing Team
15 1 Yonny
Hernandez Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati
Source: Motown India/
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