Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Jerez:
Casey Stoner has broken his Jerez jinx at last, holding off a race-long challenge from Jorge Lorenzo to take his first ever victory at the track in all of the many years and classes he has raced here.
The opening few laps were hectic, with Dani Pedrosa getting off the line and into Turn 1 first ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, while Cal Crutchlow sneaked through on Nicky Hayden to get through to 3rd. A group of six quickly broke away, the Repsol Honda of Dani Pedrosa leading, while behind him, Andrea Dovizioso, Jorge Lorenzo, Nicky Hayden, Casey Stoner and Cal Crutchlow jostled for positions. Lorenzo pushed the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha of Dovizioso wide, shuffling the Italian back through the field, and putting Casey Stoner in position to attack.
That came on lap 3, when five men headed down the back straight and into the Dry Sack corner all abreast. Leading into the corner did Pedrosa no good, pushing wide and allowing Stoner and Lorenzo through, while Nicky Hayden also snuck through to take 3rd. Stoner proceeded to pile on the pressure, pulling away fast, with only Jorge Lorenzo capable of following.
The race turned into a battle of nerves, with Stoner leading but Lorenzo never far behind. In the final five laps, Lorenzo started to close the gap, getting right onto the Repsol Honda's tail, but that caused Stoner to up the pace for the penultimate lap. The gap he pulled was enough to see him win comfortably, coming after a difficult weekend.
The final spot of the podium would be decided after a tense race-long fight as well. Nicky Hayden's early pace soon faded, and Andrea Dovizioso lost out too later on, leaving just Dani Pedrosa and a impressive Cal Crutchlow chasing the Repsol Honda. Hayden had held Pedrosa and Crutchlow up long enough for them to be out of reach, but Crutchlow had a genuine shot at his first podium all the way to the line. In the end, Pedrosa was just a fraction too fast, maintaining the gap just large enough to prevent the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider from having a go, and securing the final spot on the podium for himself. But with Crutchlow having matched the pace of the front runners all race long, he can only be happy with himself.
Andrea Dovizioso was forced to settle 5th, unable to match the pace of his teammate, while Alvaro Bautista won the battle of the satellite Hondas to take 6th spot well ahead of Stefan Bradl. Nicky Hayden dropped back to Bradl, but could match the German's pace, finishing as first Ducati well ahead of his teammate Valentino Rossi, who had his hands full all race long fending off Hector Barbera.
|17||17||Karel ABRAHAM||DUCATI||45'49.303||1 lap|
|14||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||43'10.607||2 laps|
|77||James ELLISON||ART||41'42.441||3 laps|
|51||Michele PIRRO||FTR||31'18.008||9 laps|
|Not finished first lap|