Stupid Crash at MotoGP Jerez - Lorenzo, Dovizioso and Pedrosa

Sean Reid
May 8, 2018

Dani was stronger, but it's a long race here and good management becomes fundamental.

Marquez opened a small gap up front and survived a scare when he lost the rear of his RC213V on gravel left by Tom Luthi at Turn 11, though he saved the moment and continued atop the pack.

Five laps later Marquez made his move into the lead with a classic charge up the inside at Lorenzo's self-titled final corner at Jerez to power ahead at the start of lap nine.

Dovizioso regrouped and had another attempt into the hairpin, but both riders drifted slightly wide, allowing fourth-placed Pedrosa to attempt a cutback on the inside line.

But disaster struck when an unsighted Lorenzo looked to cut back to the inside only to find Pedrosa and hit the Repsol Honda rider which then sent him into Ducati teammate Dovizioso which caused all three to tumble out.

With them out of the way, a grateful Marquez not only wins the race, but even manages to entrench himself in the championship lead: "I think what was done today is great - the number 93 rider said - I wasn't so sure that I would be able to win".

It all happened just a couple of laps before the finish.

Danilo Petrucci was fourth at 8.617sec and the veteran Italian Valentino Rossi was fifth right on his tail.

Further back Maverick Vinales claimed seventh place for Movistar Yamaha after struggling for pace in the opening stages but held off Alvaro Bautista for the Angel Nieto Ducati squad.

Tito Rabat and Scott Redding rounded out the points scorers in a race of high attrition. Noteworthy were the DNFs by pole man Cal Crutchlow and Alex Rins.

Karel Abraham was another crasher, while Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro pulled to the side of the circuit early on amid a suspected technical failure.

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