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07-May-2013
PEDROSA WINS JEREZ

Pedrosa wins Jerez as Marquez bumps Lorenzo out of second place

The Circuito de Jerez welcomed a huge crowd as the first European race of the season took place. Lorenzo had been the rider to beat for much of the weekend, comfortably sealing his second pole position of the season on Saturday. He would share the front row with the Honda duo, with Pedrosa knowing that a quick start would be vital.

Confirming Lorenzo’s worst fears, Pedrosa overtook as the 27-lap race began. The lead was immediately snatched back, but Pedrosa made the move stick as he passed at Dry Sack on Lap 6. As the Yamaha rider dropped into the clutches of Marquez, Pedrosa maintained a steady pace en route to his first win since Valencia last year.

Marquez’s race was a dramatic one, having entered as the joint championship leader with Lorenzo. Having quickly demoted Valentino Rossi to fourth place after the Yamaha rider overtook at the end of Lap 1, the 20-year-old charged up to the back of Lorenzo and attempted several different lines in a bid to distract the current title holder. The eventual move ironically came at the newly-named Jorge Lorenzo corner at the end of the very last lap, with Lorenzo left fuming after contact was made.

Once dispatched by Marquez, Rossi had a lonely ride to fourth place on the second Yamaha Factory bike, with Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow overcoming GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista for a top five spot at the end of a difficult weekend which featured two sizeable accidents on Saturday. Ducati Team duo Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso made the top eight while test rider Michele Pirro enjoyed a strong first ride of the campaign to 11th on the squad’s GP13 Lab chassis.

Hector Barbera and Avintia Blusens’ impressed by qualifying tenth on the lead CRT machine, but on race day the Spaniard fell to 12th as Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro took CRT honours for the third time in as many races, finishing ninth from Tech 3’s Bradley Smith. As Blusens’ Hiroshi Aoyama tumbled to 18th in the closing stages, Michael Laverty scored the first points for PBM’s own-built bike by coming home 13th and ahead of Came IodaRacing Project’s Danilo Petrucci and NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards, who also scored for the first time in 2013.

Five riders failed to make the end of the race, notably Stefan Bradl who compounded a tough three days for himself and LCR Honda MotoGP. The German, like Energy T.I. Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone, retired on the fourth lap. Iannone’s teammate Ben Spies did not compete, advised by doctors to rest and solve a problem with a pectoral muscle, while Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham pulled out after Friday due to suffering too much pain with his broken right collarbone.

In the World Championship, Marquez becomes the sole leader just three races into his premier class career. He now leads teammate Pedrosa by three points (61 to 58), with Lorenzo just a further one in arrears. Rossi and Crutchlow complete the top five while Espargaro has extended his CRT advantage to ten points over Barbera.

After witnessing three different winners in the first three races, the season continues with Round 4 in two weeks’ time, as the MotoGP™ community returns to legendary Le Mans for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France.

Race Result - Round 3
1 Dani Pedrosa 45'17.632 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Marc Marquez +2.487 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Jorge Lorenzo +5.089 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
4 Valentino Rossi +8.914 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5 Cal Crutchlow +12.663 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Alvaro Bautista +15.094 SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
7 Nicky Hayden +25.632 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
8 Andrea Dovizioso +41.881 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Aleix Espargaro +43.812 SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
10 Bradley Smith +44.461 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
11 Michele Pirro +45.974 ITA DUCATI Ducati Test Team
12 Hector Barbera +59.859 SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
13 Michael Laverty +1'09.743 GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
14 Danilo Petrucci +1'17.813 ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
15 Colin Edwards +1'18.177 USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
16 Bryan Staring +1'18.928 AUS FTR Go & Fun Honda Gresini
17 Claudio Corti +1'19.307 ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
18 Hiroshi Aoyama +1'19.457 JAP FTR Avintia Blusens
19 Stefan Bradl DNF GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
20 Andrea Iannone DNF ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
21 Lukas Pesek DNF CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
22 Randy De Puniet DNF FRA ART Power Electronics Aspar
23 Yonny Hernandez DNF COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport

Championship standings
1 Marc Marquez 61 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 58 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Jorge Lorenzo 57 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
4 Valentino Rossi 43 pts ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5 Cal Crutchlow 35 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Alvaro Bautista 28 pts SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
7 Andrea Dovizioso 26 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
8 Nicky Hayden 24 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Aleix Espargaro 17 pts SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
10 Andrea Iannone 13 pts ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
11 Stefan Bradl 11 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
12 Bradley Smith 10 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
13 Ben Spies 9 pts USA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
14 Hector Barbera 7 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
15 Randy De Puniet 6 pts FRA ART Power Electronics Aspar
16 Michele Pirro 5 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Test Team
17 Michael Laverty 3 pts GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
18 Yonny Hernandez 3 pts COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
19 Danilo Petrucci 2 pts ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
20 Colin Edwards 1 pts USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
21 Hiroshi Aoyama 1 pts JAP FTR Avintia Blusens
22 Lukas Pesek 0 pts CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
23 Blake Young 0 pts USA APR CRT Attack Performance
24 Claudio Corti 0 pts ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
25 Bryan Staring 0 pts AUS FTR Go & Fun Honda Gresini