Result and summary of the MotoGP race at Jerez:
Jorge Lorenzo took victory in front of his home crowd at Jerez, pouncing in the final laps after a brilliant tactical waiting game. The Fiat Yamaha rider had been forced to be patient, but the waiting paid off on the last lap.
The Spanish crowd had started cheering early, after Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa got the holeshot from pole as expected, and held off Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi for long enough to start building a gap. By the halfway mark, Pedrosa sat on a comfortable lead of a couple of seconds, with Rossi clearly not capable of closing enough to mount a challenge. But from lap 14 onwards, once Lorenzo had got past Nicky Hayden, who had another strong race, the Fiat Yamaha man started to make his move.
Knowing that Rossi's painful shoulder and Pedrosa's battle with the bucking Honda RC212V meant they would tire towards the end, Lorenzo upped his pace and started catching both his teammate and the leader Pedrosa. With 8 laps to go, Lorenzo had closed Rossi right down, though it took him another lap to get past, diving underneath at Dry Sack. Rossi, clearly lacking the strength to hold off the Spaniard, was forced to let him through, and incapable of counterattacking.
Once past Rossi, Lorenzo really turned up the wick, and slashed away at Pedrosa's 2 second lead, taking several tenths out of Pedrosa every lap. The Yamaha rider caught Pedrosa with two to go, and attempted an early, if foolish pass into Dry Sack. Pedrosa came back at Lorenzo, gaining some clear air, but Lorenzo was soon back on the Honda's tail. On the last lap, Lorenzo dived inside again at Dry Sack, this time taking no prisoners. Forcing Pedrosa wide, the Fiat Yamaha rider took a big enough lead to cross the line for victory. Valentino Rossi tried to catch Pedrosa too, but was too far to make an attack, allowing Pedrosa 2nd, and taking 3rd.
Nicky Hayden came home 4th, ahead of the Australian Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso. Colin Edwards came home a difficult 12th, while Ben Spies had been forced to pull out with a technical problem on lap 9.
|9||14||Randy DE PUNIET||HONDA||45'53.698||36.160|
|15||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||DUCATI||46'41.784||3 laps|
|11||Ben SPIES||YAMAHA||11'59.976||20 laps|
|65||Loris CAPIROSSI||SUZUKI||3'30.104||25 laps|