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Jerez MotoGP Results

Marc Marquez (Honda) took another MotoGP win earlier today at the Jerez Circuit in Spain. Behind him, a dramatic crash changed the composition of the final podium.

Fighting over second place in the latter half of the race, Ducati Factory riders Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso crashed spectacularly with Honda’s Dani Pedrosa … sending all three riders to the ground (with Pedrosa suffering a massive high-side). This ultimately led to Johann Zarco (Yamaha) and Andrea Iannone (Suzuki) reaching the podium.

With main rival Dovizioso scoring zero points today, Marquez now has a healthy points lead in the championship. Follow this link to full race results. For additional details and points, visit the official MotoGP site.

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  1. arrowrod says:

    So, Marquez gets the famous Rossi block move, and knocks Rossi off the track. Marquez is a monster.
    Pedrosa gets blocked, knocks Dovi and Lorenzo off the track and crashes. Just racing.

  2. Delmartian says:

    So Marquez ran a clean race and ran away with the victory. Hate to break the news, but it already looks like he’s got the championship locked up. Sadly, this may make for a very borrrrinnng season. Nothing against Marquez, he’s absolutely one of the most talented motorcycle racers of all time, but he’s just so dominant now that I fear the remainder of the season is going to be lopsided in his favor, and that makes for unexciting race viewing. Yeah, I know, I should watch Moto3 and Moto2, the racing there I hear is terrific, but I just don’t have any interest in watching the support classes.

  3. bmbktmracer says:

    Lorenzo was running soft tires on a hot day for the express purpose of leading early. I agree with most of y’all that when Marquez was pulling away and Dovi was right behind that he should have given his mate a bit of courtesy. The crash was entirely the fault of Lorenzo, both for blocking the riders behind him causing Dovi to make a risky passing move, and for then re-entering the race line without looking and smashing into Pedrosa. I imagine the Ducati brass are having a very entertaining meeting today.

    • fred says:

      LOL. Lorenzo was strongly holding 2nd and preserving his front tire. Marc was faster, and passed Jorge when Jorge made a slight mistake. He didn’t make another, and Dovi had neither the speed nor the skill to make a clean pass. The fanbois blasted Marc and praised Dovi when Marc’s last-corner passes didn’t work. Now they/you are blaming Jorge when Dovi’s far more desperate attempt failed.

      It was a racing incident, but Dovi simple made a bad passing attempt, and it wound up costing three riders. I’m not part of the Ducati brass, but I can’t see them being impressed. That type of desperation cost Iannone his Ducati seat. It won’t help Dovi. “You need to pay me more money than Jorge, because I can’t pass him.” Yeah, that’s a good pitch.

  4. charlie says:

    Dovi was the fastest on the track until he ended up behind his TEAMMATE, Jorge. I really thought he was primed to give Marquez a run for the finish line, but like fighting for the championship last year, it looked as if Lorenzo was “blocking” for his fellow countryman. IMHO a team with a faster rider and current points leader would want their overpaid, unproductive, whiney showboat to get out of the way and let the more competent rider have at M.M.. Jorge was playing his games, he screwed up, Ducati looses out completely and poor little Danny was another innocent party just trying to take advantage and instead got splattered. Marquez ran a good race, but so did Dovi.
    Wish I was in charge.

    • bmbktmracer says:

      Being in charge is never easy because they’re making decisions whilst the rest of us are only judging the results.

  5. Chris says:

    It looked like Dani might have been going high side regardless, after a couple replays you see his rear end broke loose taking that tight line, and he may/may not have been able to rein it in – he could have drifted wide trying to save it, taken out Dovi and JLo doing so. The Ducati boys f’d up for sure, they should have held their lines, reckless to cut back into the race line. Fubar, fun to watch glad no one badly hurt

  6. CLB says:

    Of course they are blaming each other and all of them have valid points, but it’s fruitless as Danny says… they went off of the racing line, so they should look before coming back on to it, if they went off of it… TRUE… I agree.

    The others say, that Danny is the only one that see ahead and he is making the pass, so he should be aware of what is going on. I agree.

    Dovi had to try something… he’s not in this to do well in a race, but to win the title and to be honest, it would be nice for JL to move over and recognize that plus 0 every lap means your buddy who is leading the championship could use a bit of consideration, but that’s not the way these guys are wired and in the midst of battle, I’m not sure anyone thinks about the riders around them after they have gone offline. they should, but they are focused forward and in battle and forget… it’s easy to do.

    So, after all the acquisitions and view points… I think racing accident is correct… Dovi made a lunge but he didn’t crash anyone or run them off the track… just couldn’t stop after making the pass. It happens. The rest was just happen chance…

    • Jeremy in TX says:

      Once Dani starts pushing the bike into the corner, he can’t see anything on his left. So the notion that Dani should have seen what was going on while he was in the turn is bollocks, IMO. The last thing he saw were two Ducati’s leaving a huge opening, which he took. Pedrosa’s expectation would be that anyone coming back into the racing line after a brief vacation from it would look first and perhaps should have even expected to find Dani there.

      That said, I also thought it was clearly a racing incident. Lorenzo knew Dovi was there, but possibly wasn’t expecting Dani so close. Lorenzo’s approach back to the line made it hard for him to see Pedrosa until it was too late. I think Lorenzo is ultimately at fault, but still a racing incident nonetheless.

    • fred says:

      As you say, racing incident. Dovi never would have caught Marc, with zero chance of making a pass. Marc got past Jorge clean on his first attempt with no drama. At best, Dovi was racing for second, and if he truly were faster, he could have waited until Jorge made a mistake or the front tire went away. To quote another famous Ducati rider, Dovi’s ambition exceeded his talent, and he lost a probable 16 points, or a possible 20.

      Jorge has had a rough start to the year – 1 DNF due to a brake failure, and 1 DNF due to a racing incident precipitate by his teammate’s ill-judged passing attempt.

      We’ll see how it goes, but I expect Lorenzo to finish higher in the championship that Dovisioso, in spite of the current standings.

  7. Vrooom says:

    Marquez was clean and earned that one. Dovi was a bit too aggressive it seemed, but I only saw a crappy you tube replay. It’s more interesting when the eventual championship winner doesn’t run off to a huge lead, but it’s looking like he will.

  8. Tunde says:

    That Marquez save though.
    I said it after the Qatar race; That Honda is fully sorted to MM93’s taste. I can’t see how AD4 can beat him over a championship season.

  9. PatrickD says:

    Dovi’s lunge was lunatic. It pushed him and his teammate way off line and cost them the podium. JL’s tyres would’ve went off, and DP wasn’t pressurising him. DP wasn’t in JL’s line of sight, and racing incident was the right call.
    The AD move was just like those last-corner Hail Marys that MM has done a few times. And AD criticised those initially.
    Did AD check behind when he swept back beneath MM? Did he hell!

  10. xLaYN says:

    The way MM describes the race, is like he is way overpowered versus the rest of the participants… and is waiting not for the taking the race… but to make it look like is difficult.

    (not saying that is what the race shows, but the way he talks the idea he conveys).

    He is an alien between aliens or that Honda has alien tech (or both).

    • Tim says:

      Alien tech. You hit the nail on the head.

    • Jeremy in TX says:

      I think it is both. He won the championship when the Honda was still a handful. Now that the Honda is dialed in, he is really a force if nature.

    • Tim says:

      I agree, Jeremy, he’s definitely a top rider. But we’ve seen a few aliens go to the wrong bike and become become non-factors. The top rider on the Honda team has been a factor for as long as I can remember. They just always seem to have a few more HP than the other bikes (with maybe a couple of years of exceptions where Ducati’s have had tremendous straight line speed).

  11. Bubba says:

    Like a game of marbles…bouncing off one another!!

    Marquez shows his talent without any controversy.

  12. Paul says:

    your are a top level professional motorcycle road racer with years of experience.
    during a race in which you are competing in you know there is another top level experienced professional road race rider following very close behind you.
    just another day at the office.
    you run wide in a corner thus removing yourself from the race line.
    now where do you suppose the rider behind you will be as you have left the race line?
    -for jlo and AD to blame DP for the crash (pursuing and taking the open race line in order to earn two positions and second place)is ridiculous.
    running wide amongst others whom haven’t means U lose your turn.

    • Krisd says:

      Yep I agree Paul; however JLo is a dick for not letting Dovi pass- he’s on 6 points, running soft tyres so he knows he just show ponying the first few laps (why??? to try to get his 2019 contract up?) but knows he cant sustain it in that heat on that rubber- he would have finished at the very back of the field and he knows it.

      That was true racing incident, with no one in particular to blame, but JLo would have prevented it by getting the hell out of the way and letting Dovi pass cleanly.

      • Jeremy in TX says:

        JLo should have let Dovi pass!!!? This early in the season? Are you serious? It’s a race! Dovi was unable to pass. Not Lorenzo’s problem.

        • fred says:

          Dovi fans are starting to sound like Rossi fans.

          My opinion, if your teammate has to slow down and let you pass, you aren’t a champion, and don’t deserve the championship.

          It might be a bit different in the last race or two, but only in rare circumstances. True championships are won, not gifted.

    • 5229 says:

      Dovi blaming Pedrosa for the crash. You gotta be kidding me. I think Dovi needs to watch the video tape.

      • Pacer says:

        I cringed when I read that. All Pedrosa did was stay on the race line, and not let off. Dovi was forcing the issue, and Lorenzo was digging. Three guys fighting for position mid corner.

      • Jeremy in TX says:

        Yes, I thought that was pretty ridiculous. To suggest that his hail Mary pass attempt “decides the line” for anyone behind him is preposterous. Pedrosa never deviated from the race line.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Pedrosa had the line. Bike roll in air was awesome!

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