Jorge Lorenzo rode to a victory that was as dominant as it was uneventful Sunday at the Jerez circuit in Spain. Lorenzo, who got the holeshot in lap one, finished five seconds clear of Marc Marquez (2nd).
Another six seconds back, Valentino Rossi settled for third, claiming his fourth podium of the season and marking his 200th career world championship podium. Cal Crutchlow rode his satellite Honda to a lonely fourth after passing Pol Espargaro (5th) with a third of the race remaining.
In a year marked by dramatic racing in the MotoGP class, Jerez proved just the opposite.
Lorenzo, who also dominated practice, grabbed the lead at the first corner with Marquez hot on his tail. Pol Espargaro settled into third closely followed by Rossi, Cal Crutchlow and Aleix Espargaro on the factory Suzuki.
Both factory Ducatis had a miserable start with Andrea Iannone -- who began the race on the front row -- immediately dropped to eighth. Andrea Dovizioso then ran off the track and was dropped to 25th and last.
Within three laps, Rossi passed Espargaro and settled into third. Crutchlow soon also moved by Espargaro for fourth. The top five positions would remain unchanged for the final 15 laps of the race with Lorenzo steadily extending his lead. By lap 10, Rossi had closed within a single second to Marquez. But the current world champion upped the pace and was never seriously threatened the rest of the way.
At the end, Iannone had climbed into sixth, followed by Aleix Espargaro (7th) and Bradley Smith (8th). Dovizioso made am impressive charge through the field from dead last to grab ninth, just in front of Yonny Hernandez.
The top-five riders finished without a nearby challenger. More than 25 seconds separated first through fifth.
Rossi, now with 82 points, extended his gap over Andrea Dovizioso (67 points) to fifteen points. Lorenzo's win moved him into third place.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time / Diff.|
|16||6||Stefan BRADL||Yamaha Forward||59.018|
|21||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||ART||+1'26.832|
|22||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Ducati||1 Lap|
|7||Hiroshi AOYAMA||Honda||13 Laps|
|76||Loris BAZ||Yamaha Forward||19 Laps|
|17||Karel ABRAHAM||Honda||24 Laps|