JORGE LORENZO WINS MOTOGP CATALUNYA

Movistar Yamaha’s Lorenzo led from start to finish at the Gran Premio Monster Energy de Catalunya to close the Championship gap on his teammate Valentino Rossi in the standings to just one point._gp_9064.gallery_full_top_lg

The Spaniard controlled the race from the front to claim the second 1-2 of the season for his Factory Yamaha team and made it his fourth race win in a row

Repsol Honda’s Marquez crashed out at turn 10 on the third lap battling Lorenzo for the lead in the 25-lap race.

Marc Marquez is now 69-points adrift of Rossi following his third crash in seven races a big issue in his title defense and in his bid for a third straight premier class title

In what was the hottest recorded over the weekend, track temperatures reached almost 50 degrees as the MotoGP™ race at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya got underway in front of a packed crowd of over 97,000 fans. Team Suzuki Ecstar’s pole-man Aleix Espargaro dropped down to 9th after he struggled to propel his GSX-RR off the line as Jorge Lorenzo aboard the Yamaha M1 led into the first corner

Lorenzo immediately set about establishing a fast rhythm, and by the time Rossi had moved into second on lap 4, the Spaniard had already opened up a 1.5 second lead._gp_8323.gallery_full_top_lg

Rossi put in a tremendous effort in the second half of the race to try and deny Lorenzo a fourth straight win for the first time in his career, but could not get within a second in the crucial final stages._gp_9098-2.gallery_full_top_lg

The nine-times World Champion had to settle for second, 0.885s behind Lorenzo, who took his 37th premier class win to equal the tally set by British legend Mike Hailwood.

Dani Pedrosa _gp_8765.gallery_full_top_lgrode a lonely race in third and finished over 19-seconds behind Lorenzo but it was his first rostrum finish since he underwent major right arm pump surgery after the opening round in Qatar. Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone claimed fourth after a great fight with Bradley Smith on the Monster Yamaha Tech3 M1. The British rider crossed the line in fifth as the leading Satellite rider.

Rookie Maverick Viñales on the second GSX-RR recovered from way down outside of the top 10 after a disastrous start from the front row to finish in a career best sixth position.

Scott Redding (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) equalled the best result of his MotoGP™ career in seventh, with Stefan Bradl (Athina Forward Racing) taking the Open class win in eighth._gp_8863.gallery_full_top_lg

Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) and Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) completed the top ten, as a number of riders crashed out on the slippery track surface._gp_8400.gallery_full_top_lg

Yonny Hernandez, Cal Crutchlow, Andrea Dovizioso, and both of the Espargaro brothers all crashed, as only 16 riders completed the race.

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