Pedrosa wins as Spa­niards reign at Jerez

New Straits Times - - Sport -

JEREZ DE LA FRON­TERA: Honda’s Dani Pedrosa led from pole to flag to claim a dom­i­nant vic­tory at the Span­ish Moto GP yes­ter­day ahead of Marc Mar­quez as Span­ish riders cleaned up at Jerez.

Pedrosa clocked 45min 26.827sec for his first win on Span­ish soil since he won on the same track in 2013. It was the 31year-old’s 30th Mo­toGP win.

“It was an ex­tremely hard race to be calm. I wanted to go faster but maybe the track con­di­tion was not there,” said Pedrosa.

“I wasn’t re­ally rid­ing very com­fort­ably so I had to be very con­cen­trated. In the end I was able to con­trol my pace and man­age my lap times.”

Fel­low Honda rider Mar­quez pushed hard through­out the 27 laps around the sun-kissed cir­cuit, but had to set­tle with sec­ond, at 6.1sec. Jorge Lorenzo, on a Du­cati, rounded out the podium to make it an all-Span­ish top three.

“Hon­estly I was push­ing and try­ing to stay with him,” said Mar­quez, whose younger brother Alex won the Moto2 ear­lier in the day.

“Sec­ond place was a re­ally good po­si­tion here.”

Lorenzo dubbed his third place “like a vic­tory.” “I’m very proud, very happy... It’s such a dif­fi­cult bike.”

Cham­pi­onship leader Valentino Rossi, seek­ing a 10th world ti­tle, could only man­age 10th po­si­tion, more than 38sec off Pedrosa’s win­ning pace.

But the Ital­ian, with 62 points, kept his place atop the stand­ings, two ahead of Yamaha team­mate Mav­er­ick Vi­nales, with Mar­quez (52) in third and Pedrosa fourth (50).

Alex Mar­quez, rid­ing a Kalex, made the most of a fall by cham­pi­onship leader Franco Mor­bidelli to notch up his first win in the Moto2 cat­e­gory.

The Spa­niard timed 43min 24.350sec, fin­ish­ing more than 3sec ahead of Ital­ian Francesco Bag­naia, also on a Kalex, with Por­tu­gal’s Miguel Oliveira (KTM) com­plet­ing the podium.

And an­other Span­ish rider, Aron Canet, left it late to se­cure his maiden vic­tory in the Moto3 race.

Canet, rid­ing a Honda, soared into the lead on the fi­nal turn to take the che­quered flag in 41min 25.706sec and fin­ish a whisker ahead of Ital­ian Ro­mano Fe­nati, with Spa­niard Joan Mir in third. AFP

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