After a feud that cumulated in the king of Spain having to force a handshake between Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa in 2008, a new rivalry could have be born at Jerez this weekend. Rookie Marc Marquez will be on the end of Lorenzo’s wroth this time though, as he barged Lorenzo out in a Rossi/Gibernau-esque move around the final corner.
Marquez had shaken off an early challenge from Valentino Rossi to hunt down the leaders Lorenzo and Pedrosa. Pedrosa passed Lorenzo on lap 6 before stretching his lead to over 1 second within a couple of laps. Marquez caught Lorenzo but his inexperience showed, as several impatient lunges almost brought contact between the two riders. His pass was just as vigorous, as on the final lap Marquez barged past Lorenzo, ironically at Lorenzo Corner. Lorenzo refused to be drawn to comment on the pass post race, which left Marquez as the outright leader in the championship. Lorenzo’s 3rd place sees him drop to 3rd in the championship, being overtaken by race winner Dani Pedrosa.
Raceday continued from where qualifying left off, as 5 riders crashed between laps 3 and 4, Jonny Hernandez, Randy De Puniet, Andrea Iannone, Stefan Bradl and Lukas Pesek. Brit Cal Crutchlow finished 5th, 4 seconds behind Valentino Rossi, with Crutchlow’s team mate Bradley Smith finishing in 10th. Aleix Espargaro was once again top CRT, finishing an impressive 9th
In Moto2, Esteve Rabat won his first race, with British rider Scott Redding finishing second. The Moto3 race was red flagged after Alan Techer crashed, 15 full laps in. Maverick Vinales was awarded the win.