2017 Jerez MotoGP Race Result: 3000 Races And A Veteran Victor

Two brand new winners in the first two races of the day - it was always going to be tricky for MotoGP to beat those headlines. That didn’t stop them from putting on a show for the world championship’s 3000th grand prix, a historic statistic that will have Dani Pedrosa’s name forever mentioned with it. The Honda veteran dominated the race like he dominated practice and continued the recent trend of the poleman taking the win in Jerez.

He was chased at a safe distance by his teammate, Marc Marquez, the world champion making it a Honda one-two. Jorge Lorenzo came good on the promise he showed in practice to grab third place and gain his first podium with Ducati in his fourth race for the Italian team. 

The factory Honda duo had the perfect start, keeping the qualifying order, with Pedrosa on top and Marquez cautious on the harder tyre behind him. Marquez kept a one and a half seconds gap until the final third of the race, when his teammate’s medium rear tyre started to fade slightly, the gap breaking the one second barrier every now and then. The younger Spaniard couldn’t bring it any lower, Pedrosa continuing to set a steady pace at the front.

Johann Zarco and Valentino Rossi picked it up where they left it in Austin, a few strong moves exchanged on the first lap, before the Tech 3 man was having a go at Maverick Viñales, Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Iannone all within a lap. The Frenchman had even higher aspirations and challenged Marquez soon after - a dream too many, Zarco holding second place only for a few moments.

Behind them, Crutchlow crashed out of fourth position on the fifth lap, the place going to Lorenzo, who after a brilliant first few laps got stuck a second behind the podium spots and a second ahead of Rossi. With both him and Zarco going one softer on tyres than Marquez ahead, the two started losing ground on the leaders and fought off third position between themselves. Lorenzo solved that in his favour midway through the race, finishing eight seconds behind Marquez and two seconds in hand on Zarco.

Behind the podium battle, Rossi found himself in a group with Viñales and Dovizioso, the trio already nine seconds behind Pedrosa and four behind Lorenzo halfway through the race. The hot conditions proved challenging for the factory Yamahas, Viñales ending up fighting Dovizioso for fifth place and Rossi battling Petrucci for seventh.

Dovizioso won that first battle, relegating Viñales to sixth place, while Rossi started dropping back drastically in the final laps, the championship leader overtaken not only by Petrucci but also by Jonas Folger and Aleix Espargaro.

Despite finishing tenth, Rossi only just keeps the title lead by two points in front of his teammate, Marquez another two points behind, with Pedrosa catching up to trail Rossi by ten points. Game on.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 45'26.827
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda +6.136
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati +14.767
4 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha +17.601
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati +22.913
6 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha +24.556
7 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +24.959
8 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha +27.721
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia +31.233
10 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +38.682
11 45 Scott REDDING Ducati +40.979
12 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati +43.199
13 76 Loris BAZ Ducati +43.211
14 38 Bradley SMITH KTM +47.964
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati +51.279
16 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia +1'08.885
17 12 Takuya TSUDA Suzuki +1'27.450
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  29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 18 Laps
  53 Tito RABAT Honda 18 Laps
  35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 22 Laps
  43 Jack MILLER Honda 22 Laps
  19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 22 Laps
  44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 22 Laps

 

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"Too late, I am in luuuuurve!" said in Pepe Le Pew accent, lol.

Total votes: 47

The Honda is best. Smart play by Honda.... wanted is to think how bad the bike was.

Yamaha wanted the 2017 frame so badly but its a big mistake zarco was faster in qatar by miles but fell.
Back to the drawboard for Yamaha

Total votes: 48

And which manufacturer is 1st and 2nd in the rider's c'ship standings?

Total votes: 38

Yes, brilliant on Hondas part.  Make sure they perform poorly in the first couple of race weekends compared to yamaha to fool everyone, including our esteemed (or not so it seems) writer, into thinking the bike was apparantly hopeless.  Scoring fewer points was a masterstroke so that everyone else will rest on their (incorrect) laurals for the rest of the season and do nothing to improve their bike.

It's clear that the honda has some problems, and those problems have been clearly stated and are sonstantly being worked on.  Whether the bike is 'bad' or not depends on the bar set (eg Honda vs KTM or Yamaha) and whether the track, tyre rider combination work against those problems or not.  Silly conspiracy theories are just that.  Yamaha also has some problems.  

The marked difference with Jerez seems to be in predicting how those problems would play out.  The resultant behaviour seems to have been somewhat counter intuitive to the expectations, for well ellucidated reasons.  This is certainly not an exact science.

Total votes: 40

The Yamaha is the best package out there.
Conditions/tires were tricky and, in combo w a 2017 bike that is different from last yr and lacking data and not yet bedded in/developed, didn't cut it this wknd.

When we hit the middle of the season the 2017 bike will be in form and Tech3's well sorted and data rich bikes will fall back a bit. (Not to knock Zarco at ALL).
Come now, this is basic stuff! Have you had a few drinks mate?
;)

Unrelated note - Miller was fined 1000 Euros for pushing Beautista. And none for kicking his bike - okay, let's kick bikes! (Small amount, I expected closer to 4k). Never got to see the incident causing the crash. I don't like to see physical altrications. Not cool Jack, the nickname may stick.

Total votes: 33

If you have the video pass, you can click on the helicopter view. You can just see Bautista come in quite late and overshoot the corner. Whilst dive bombing an unsuspecting Miller, he wipes out his front wheel taking him out.  It wasnt too dissimilar to the Rossi/Stoner crash a few years back, but Bautista was in waay hotter.  

Total votes: 29

It wasn't the knife fight some hoped for, but there was always some action and tension. Pedrosa was perfect. Once more Zarco's fearlessness was rewarded with great moments and he somewhat saved Yamaha's face today.

A day to forget for Rossi.

This is all great for the title fights. Le Mans cant come soon enough!

Total votes: 48

One thing I wanted this year was for Dani to extend his streak so I'm all good with this

Total votes: 44

Shocker not in terms of Dani's fantastic win and all congrats to the little big man. A fantastic and well earned weekend, long may his assault continue. The shocker was for me was Lorenzo's 3rd place and very strong it was, beating out all the M1's factory and sattelite included. Dovi' storm from 14th to 5th. Petrucci threatening more. Has the earlier Ducati Jerez test thrown some bright red flash in the GP17 data bank? Looks like it has. Ideal conditions for Lorenzo it was for sure at a track he loves, but he did look ominous all weekend and was brimming with confidence throughout. Glad the 'hammerhead" has been dumped...ugly. GP17 in its current form is pretty and pretty damn planted in entry, mid corner and exit (though unable to drag race on exit as it did with the wings). Zarco was amazing along with Folger and Tech3. Got to like the Espargaro's, pity Pol bombed out. They are coming on in leaps and bounds, KTM, that is, in M3, M2 and everywhere 2 wheels. If Aprilia find a little more grunt engine wise without losing sharp handling, Aleix will be a cat among pidgeons quicker than the establishment would like. Great day of racing all round.

Total votes: 47

What a race by Dani. Congrats to him, flawless. But we know Marqi played the championship game.

Biggest "surprise" was Lorenzo. The man looked pretty good on the GP17 and he seemed to have completely changed his style corner entery, looking almost like Dovi but with more exit speed. Great show.

This championship is going to be a long burner folks!

Total votes: 31