2010 Jerez MotoGP Race Result: Waiting Game Ends In Last Lap Thriller

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.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 45'17.538  
2 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 45'18.081 0.543
3 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 45'18.428 0.890
4 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 45'26.553 9.015
5 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 45'27.572 10.034
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 45'40.682 23.144
7 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 45'52.027 34.489
8 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 45'52.225 34.687
9 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 45'53.698 36.160
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 45'54.329 36.791
11 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 45'54.693 37.155
12 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 45'55.798 38.260
13 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 45'55.909 38.371
14 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 46'19.590 1'02.052
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 46'41.784 3 laps
Not Classified
  11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 11'59.976 20 laps
  65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 3'30.104 25 laps
Round Number: 
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2010
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It looked like it would be far from exciting untill Lorenzo treated us to an awesome thriller.
So how are things between the Marcos? A little chilly I can imagne...

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i thought garry mccoy was supposed to be at jerez............ good race at the end though

Total votes: 70

Excellent summary of the race. Lorenzo was not to be denied today. Congrats to him. I was a bit supprised at how spread out it was considering the closeness of qualifying times.

Nicky is so close to fighting for a podium. He just needs one or two tenths of a second a lap to be right there at the finish.

If it weren't for bad luck poor Spies would have no luck at all.

Total votes: 63

congratulate Nicky on another fine race and beating his team mate. I do admit I never thought today he would podium with Jorge behind him but he is definitely finding his way on the Duc. Also, sucks for Ben but you could tell after a few laps something was going off for him but still a very good ride and rounding in 6th early on is truly amazing. Great finish to the race as I will ALWAYS love to see tiny get duffed up as much as possible. Till next time race fans

Total votes: 61

Yes it was a great result. I wish they would have showed more of his progress on the TV. Kudos to him for a great effort and placing.

Total votes: 56

we didn't get the fight for 7th with the fight for 1st being so awesome but judging by LT positions it was a good one. Lucky for the 120.000 who were trackside!

Let's just hope Motogp.com adds a bit more in their highlights section!

Total votes: 52

Spaniards cleaned up at Jerez today, I bet Jerez is going to be wild. Great races in Moto2 and MotoGP. Nice to see Lorenzo finally get to the top step at Jerez in MotoGP.

Rossi vs. Lorenzo

This will be good. Hope Casey is able to join in the fun at some point.

Spaniards only go well in Spain.............this season, that might be enough to win the championship, lol.

Total votes: 59

Any comments from the people who were saying that Pedrosa was finished after Qatar?
Looks like Stoner is the weakest out of the The Four so far...

Total votes: 72

How come 1.6 sec from pole to 17 in qualifying converts to such a boring strung out race [except for the last lap,] watching the race from the other side of the world was soooooo boring especially after such a great moto2 race. Considering its nearly 11.00 p.m. by the time the moto gp race finishes here in Aus and with work the next day, I think I will have to give up watching if they are going to be as strung out in the future. Lets get a bit more closer competition. If this is the standard it is not good for the future.

Total votes: 60