Full Report and Results Below:
Riding in his 100th competitive race Marc Marquez has taken his fourth consecutive victory at the Spanish Grand Prix. The reigning World Champion treated the 117,000 strong local crowd to an absolute obliteration of his rivals on his way to his first ever win at the Jerez circuit. Under brilliant sunshine and in warm conditions with a pleasant cool breeze Marquez's lead at it's greatest read at over five seconds. Much like in the last round at Argentina; there was a frantic opening two laps where the lead swapped between the likes of Dovizioso, Rossi, Lorenzo and Marquez himself, however the Repsol Honda rider was eventually able to build a one second gap by lap six and never looked back.
As indicated in the days practice before and predicted by many, no other rider was able to match the sheer, relentless race pace possessed by Marquez, the Spanish sensation could even be afforded the luxury of backing off drastically in the closing laps to finish comfortably ahead of Valentino Rossi by one and a half seconds. The veteran Rossi made a canny strategic decision to run with the harder option Bridgestone front tire, this allowed him to hold off a stern challenge from Dani Pedrosa in the final phases. Pedrosa and Rossi managed to break away from Jorge Lorenzo just after the halfway stage of the race as Lorenzo had to settle for a bitterly disappointing fourth place on his birthday and his 200th Grand Prix start.
The battle for fifth place, taking place some twenty seconds behind Lorenzo, provided the bulk of the entertainment as Andrea Dovizioso won out against a relieved Alvaro Bautista, who scored his first points of the season and Aleix Espargaro. Espargaro narrowly edged ahead of Bradley Smith by three hundredths of a second, Smith in turn beat out his team mate Pol in ninth. Stefan Bradl completed the top ten positions, the young German was left disappointed after starting from seventh on the grid.
Ducati wild card rider Michele Pirro and Karel Abraham crashed in the early stages of the race as Andrea Iannone came to grief with five laps remaining. Mike DiMeglio, Colin Edwards and Cal Crutchlow all retired with mechanical issues. Crutchlow was left visibly frustrated, punching the tank of his Ducati as he entered the pit lane after suffering brake failure.
Marquez's truly outstanding victory extends his Championship lead to an ominous 28 points over his team mate Pedrosa after just four races. He will surely be an unbackable favourite for the next race at Le Mans in France in two weeks time and one begins to wonder; could he feasibly go on to achieve a flawless season of victories? At this point, you couldn't discount it.
|7||9||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||27.917|
|5||Colin EDWARDS||Forward Yamaha||1 Lap|
|29||Andrea IANNONE||Ducati||5 Laps|
|63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||6 Laps|
|17||Karel ABRAHAM||Honda||17 Laps|
|35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||Ducati||23 Laps|
|51||Michele PIRRO||Ducati||25 Laps|