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Moto GP 2016 Round 4 Jerez ***SPOILER***

Well the big news of course is Jorge Lorenzo will ride a Ducati for 2017-18 seasons, a lot of people were skeptical and not wanting to believe it, but deep down i knew him not signging right away was a major red flag. Time will tell who exaclty will team up with Vale, the current front runner is likely Maverick Vinales, we also will have to wait to see who will stay at Ducati and team up with Jorge, Iannone or Dovi who will stay who will go... my 99 to Ducati thread here
https://www.600rr.net/vb/65-motogp-am...zo-ducati.html

Jerez should be a good one, Jorge very strong here, Marc looking very strong himself, Vale will be back after his unfortunate crash at COTA. Really hoping to see Dovi on the podium here!!

About the circuit
Built in 1986 and hosting its first Grand Prix one year later, the circuit of Jerez is now one of the most popular MotoGP venues and the focal point for a city fanatical about sport. Set in a slight valley in the south of Spain, Jerez is blessed with consistently good weather and beautiful scenery, its numerous grandstands providing the perfect viewing facilities for up to 250,000 spectators.

With two alternative road circuits (4,423m and 4,428m), which were resurfaced during 2005, Jerez is a popular venue used by many race teams for testing throughout the year, whilst its recently updated corporate and media facilities have proven to be a popular addition to the complex. Other facilities such as the control tower and pit boxes have also been vastly improved.

2015 Podium
JL,MM,VR

Circuit Records
Fastest Lap 2015 Jorge LORENZO 1'37.910
Circuit Record 2015 Jorge LORENZO 1'38.735
Best Pole 2015 Jorge LORENZO 1'37.910
Top Speed 2015 Andrea IANNONE 295.9

Current Points

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 66
2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 45
3 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 33
4 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha SPA 28
5 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 27
6 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 25
7 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 23
8 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki SPA 23
9 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati IRL 21
10 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki SPA 21
11 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 16
12 Scott REDDING Ducati GBR 16
13 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 16
14 Stefan BRADL Aprilia GER 15
15 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia SPA 14
16 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 12
17 Tito RABAT Honda SPA 11
18 Jack MILLER Honda AUS 2
19 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati COL 2
20 Loris BAZ Ducati FRA 1
21 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda GBR



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Schedule all times are Eastern Time
Press Conf Thurs Apr 21 11am
FP1 Fri Apr 22
0300-0340 Moto 3 FP1
0355-0440 Moto GP FP1
0455-0540 Moto 2 FP1
0710-0750 Moto 3 FP2
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Practice/Qual , Sat Apr 23
0300-0340 Moto 3 FP3
0355-0440 Moto GP FP3
0455-0540 Moto 2 FP3
0635-0715 Moto 3 QP
0730-0800 Moto GP FP4
0810-0825 Moto GP Q1
0835-0850 Moto GP Q2
0905-0950 Moto 2 QP

Sun Apr 24 RACE
0240-0300 Moto 3 WUP
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0340-0400 Moto GP WUP
0500 Moto 3 RACE
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From the Press Conf yesterday:
The MotoGP™ World Championship arrives back in Europe for the fourth round of 2016, but much of the conversation centred on 2017.
Having had a week off from the hustle and bustle of racing, the MotoGP™ World Championship is back in action at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España. Racing now settles into a more regular rhythm as the paddock bounces around Europe until the three fly-aways late in the year. For many riders Jerez is their first chance to race at home in 2016, ready to put on a great show for the thousands of fans who flock to Jerez each year.

MotoGP™ Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), is one of the many riders eager to once again hear the roar of his home fans. He was joined in the press conference by Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who spent a week in the headlines after announcing his Ducati move. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was also there as he searches for better luck. Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) answered the press’ questions after each scored their best results of the year in Austin. Lin Jarvis, the Managing Director of Yamaha Racing, was also present at the press conference to discuss Lorenzo’s move and Yamaha’s future.

From the first three races Marquez has managed three podiums, including two victories and as such sits atop the championship with a comfortable 21-point lead. The return to Europe not only offers Marquez a chance to race at home, but also presents a very different style of track to race on: “We’ll try to continue the same way but now we come to Europe so that means European style tracks. They’re a little different compared to American, Argentina and Qatar. Here they are more narrow and we’ll see how we can manage this and how the setup is on these kind of tracks. Anyway, I’m happy because it looks like we’re better each time and the feeling with the bike is better.”

His victory in Austin put him level with Phil Read in terms of outright wins with 52, but taking number 53 might be tough in Jerez: “Here’s a track where Jorge is usually pretty strong so we’ll see. We did a test in November but from then till now you can imagine how many changes there have been on the bike. We’ll see how the tyres work on this track and with this kind of asphalt.”

Rumours had been swirling since the start of the season that Jorge Lorenzo would make the shock move to Ducati in 2017. The whispers of the paddock proved correct as just before his home race it was announced he would depart Yamaha after nine incredible years together. He faces a new challenge in 2017, but right now Lorenzo’s attention remains fixated on the 15 remaining races of 2016: “Yeah for sure it has been one of the most important and difficult decisions of my life and my career. But for this moment it’s still far away, very far away. Still 15 races remaining so at this moment I have all my attention in the present and in this championship I really want to fight in this championship and fight my hardest for my fourth MotoGP world title. At this moment I just think in blue and try to get the best results I can with this team.”

In 2015 the Spanish GP started a four race winning streak for Lorenzo, after his crash in Argentina a repeat would certainly help his championship hopes. Winning races is important, but making the most of difficult situations is crucial: “We started in the best way in the Qatar race but things got complicated by my crash in Argentina. It was really a pity to lose so many points in this race. But luckily in Austin, which is normally a difficult Grand Prix for me, we solved the situation in the best way. We couldn’t win, we couldn’t beat Marc, we finished second in a race that a lot of riders and favourites crashed. So we’re second in the championship and we have a high chance to fight for it. We’re 21 points behind, last year we were 29 and now I feel we have a higher potential than last year to win races.”

Andrea Dovizioso has twice had the podium within his reach in the last two races, horrendous misfortune seeing him twice taken out by other riders. But MotoGP™’s unluckiest man remains positive: “We did a great start in Qatar with a good result. The reality was we had the speed in the first three races and we had the chances to finish all three races in the podium so we have to look at that as that’s the reality. Unfortunately in the championship we are quite far but the speed is there and the bike is feeling good. When you don’t make a mistake it’s not a big problem. The problem is the points in the championship but it’s not our fault. It’s bad for the championship but about me I was lucky in the crash in Austin.”

With one of the two Ducati Team seats already taken in 2017 by Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso is potentially racing for his future in the Bologna factory. In classic Dovizioso style he’s staying calm about the situation: “Now Ducati become strong, I’m really happy about that because it means in the last four years we did a great job and Ducati have a chance to bring a world champion into Ducati next year and this is really positive for Ducati. Like I said already in some interviews I’m quite relaxed, the results were there, the speed was there this season and it’s completely different this year. The bike is good, the relationship with Ducati is good, they know very well what I did for them in these four years. I’m relaxed about that, like I did in the first three races I’m focusing on the results. This is the most important thing.”

Austin saw Maverick Viñales take his best ever premier class finish and helped Suzuki secure their first double top five result since returning to the World Championship. A strong rookie season and excellent results in pre-season testing have Viñales in discussions with several teams already: “I feel really good. When two big factories like Yamaha and Suzuki want you it means you work really hard and you have enough riding style and can be fast enough to ride those bikes. Anyway, right now I’m focused on this Grand Prix as I think it’s very important for us to achieve our best results in these next races as we have a lot of potential and we need to work harder on the Friday. I think in Austin that if I had a better start it was maybe possible to fight for the podium again.”

Viñales’ speed hasn’t just caught the eyes of team managers, it’s also surprised the Spaniard himself: “For sure if last year when I ended in Valencia, when I ended so far from the top, if someone told me that I would make this step I wouldn’t believe them! But they work so hard and every weekend we improve. We’ve shown we can be on the level, maybe not now but in the next races.”

Throughout the season Scott Redding has been getting faster and faster, steady improvement has been the primary goal of the Brit throughout the year: “In Qatar it was a good race but we just didn’t have the package together and then in Argentina we had some difficulties with the tyre on Saturday and then in the race it wasn’t so bad but again a small problem so we didn’t finish. Then in America we got the small things in together. The race wasn’t so bad, just with the soft option front we had to try our best to save the tyre. Just improve step by step and get closer and closer to the front guys over race distance.”

A key to his success has been Redding’s feeling on the bike, no longer constantly fighting and battling, now able to enjoy his machine: “I’m more relaxed and I’m having fun on the bike again. I want to go out and ride and that’s the main thing, I start to enjoy it and I can be myself like I was in the past and that’s what makes a good rider. Now I’m just rebuilding my confidence and enthusiasm.”

Lin Jarvis and Jorge Lorenzo have achieved great things working together, in Austin Lorenzo scored his 99th premier class podium and thus his 99th podium with Yamaha. Jarvis was understandably upset about losing Lorenzo: “It’s like going to discotech and asking a girl to dance and she choses the guy next to you. Of course we would have preferred for Jorge to stay there’s no doubt about that, hopefully we can finish this season off in the style we ran the whole eight years together. This is our ninth season together, we’ve had a really good run. I was very involved when Jorge came to Yamaha so of course when you get to the end of an era, to a period, it’s a sad moment for sure.”

Much like Lorenzo, Lin Jarvis remains focused on 2016 and doing all that he can to help Lorenzo and Yamaha claim their fourth title together. But discussions have already begun to take place to find the rider to fill the 99 shaped hole in Yamaha: “We are looking at some people and Maverick has proven that he’s one of the new future talents of the MotoGP. I think he has a very good chance to be World Champion in the future and he’s an attractive rider. There are other options that we have as well, other riders with different profiles. Things are never as straight forward and simple as they seem.”

Attention will shift back to 2016 when the premier class takes to the track at 09:55 Local Time for Free Practice 1 on Friday the 21st of April.
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FP1 99 leads the way
1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 40.270s [Lap 14/16] 288km/h (Top Speed)
2. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.527s +0.257s [16/18] 290km/h
3. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 40.676s +0.406s [21/21] 290km/h
4. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 40.823s +0.553s [16/19] 290km/h
5. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 40.838s +0.568s [12/20] 289km/h
6. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 40.925s +0.655s [21/21] 286km/h
7. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 40.995s +0.725s [16/18] 284km/h
8. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 41.208s +0.938s [16/18] 287km/h
9. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 41.380s +1.110s [12/16] 294km/h
10. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 41.466s +1.196s [19/19] 286km/h
11. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 41.648s +1.378s [7/18] 294km/h
12. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 41.815s +1.545s [18/19] 289km/h
13. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 41.947s +1.677s [16/16] 285km/h
14. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 42.029s +1.759s [16/18] 289km/h
15. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 42.132s +1.862s [12/18] 286km/h
16. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 42.140s +1.870s [16/17] 283km/h
17. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 42.210s +1.940s [10/18] 289km/h
18. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 42.279s +2.009s [19/20] 287km/h
19. Michele Pirro ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 42.576s +2.306s [16/19] 287km/h
20. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 43.050s +2.780s [20/22] 281km/h
21. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 43.130s +2.860s [14/16] 282km/h
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FP2 underway, we saw a new Winglet design from Repsol Honda for FP1
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Jorge takes it again, him and Marc only 2 into the 139's
Suzuki and Aprilia become the final manufacturers to debut winglets on their MotoGP machines, during FP2 for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro is again replacing the injured Danilo Petrucci...

1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 39.555s [Lap 16/18] 287km/h (Top Speed)
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 39.900s +0.345s [6/18] 290km/h
3. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 40.093s +0.538s [16/16] 283km/h
4. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.229s +0.674s [14/17] 292km/h
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 40.282s +0.727s [7/20] 286km/h
6. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 40.448s +0.893s [13/22] 286km/h
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 40.737s +1.182s [13/15] 294km/h
8. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 40.860s +1.305s [14/17] 289km/h
9. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 40.925s +1.370s [17/18] 289km/h
10. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.925s +1.370s [18/19] 293km/h
11. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 41.017s +1.462s [19/19] 295km/h
12. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 41.028s +1.473s [15/17] 289km/h
13. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 41.112s +1.557s [6/18] 288km/h
14. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 41.167s +1.612s [20/20] 290km/h
15. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 41.178s +1.623s [16/19] 288km/h
16. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 41.287s +1.732s [20/20] 287km/h
17. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 41.320s +1.765s [14/15] 285km/h
18. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 41.573s +2.018s [11/19] 285km/h
19. Michele Pirro ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 41.841s +2.286s [18/18] 290km/h
20. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 41.904s +2.349s [4/15] 281km/h
21. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 42.230s +2.675s [16/21] 282km/h
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Lorenzo steals the show on Friday

There were a number of new parts introduced in FP2, but once again all eyes were focused on Lorenzo who led from Marquez and Aleix Espargaro
Free Practice 1 had seen several upgrades and experimental parts from teams such as Movistar Yamaha MotoGP and the Repsol Honda Team. In Free Practice 2 yet more new parts were introduced as the MotoGP™ World Championship embraced winglets, at least one bike from each manufacturer running winglets in the second session. Aleix Espargaro’s (Team Suzuki Ecstar) GSX-RR had a total of six winglets with three small ones down each side of the front fairing, Suzuki had planned to test them on Monday but Espargaro pushed to use them before. Stefan Bradl’s (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) RS-GP also had winglets fitted as well as several other upgrades.

Winglets are used by most teams to help reduce wheelie out of corners. In previous years wheelie was tamed by electronics, but with the new Magneti Marelli system this is no longer as effective. Therefore a more physical solution has been found with winglets. No two winglets are alike and each manufacturer is taking a slightly different approach to size and positioning.
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1. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 39.244s [Lap 20/21] 289km/h (Top Speed)
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 39.290s +0.046s [19/20] 290km/h
3. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 39.435s +0.191s [16/18] 290km/h
4. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 39.490s +0.246s [17/19] 289km/h
5. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 39.579s +0.335s [18/20] 290km/h
6. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 39.742s +0.498s [22/22] 287km/h
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 39.801s +0.557s [15/17] 294km/h
8. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 39.812s +0.568s [19/19] 287km/h
9. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 39.819s +0.575s [17/21] 296km/h
10. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 39.828s +0.584s [17/18] 291km/h
11. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 39.935s +0.691s [17/18] 285km/h
12. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 39.983s +0.739s [17/19] 288km/h
13. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 40.261s +1.017s [16/19] 288km/h
14. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 40.289s +1.045s [21/21] 290km/h
15. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.363s +1.119s [14/17] 288km/h
16. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 40.424s +1.180s [17/19] 290km/h
17. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.597s +1.353s [15/17] 287km/h
18. Michele Pirro ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 40.916s +1.672s [18/19] 291km/h
19. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 41.055s +1.811s [15/18] 283km/h
20. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 41.442s +2.198s [20/22] 285km/h
21. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 41.530s +2.286s [15/15] 283km/h

Riders going directly to Qualifying 2 - Top 10 Combined Practice Times:
1. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)
3. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)
4. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)
5. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)
6. Maverick Vinales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP)
8. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
9. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP)
10. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2)
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1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 39.241s [Lap 4/14] 287km/h (Top Speed)
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 39.507s +0.266s [4/15] 290km/h
3. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 39.671s +0.430s [4/15] 290km/h
4. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 40.064s +0.823s [4/14] 290km/h
5. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 40.065s +0.824s [5/12] 285km/h
6. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 40.212s +0.971s [4/13] 293km/h
7. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 40.261s +1.020s [11/16] 288km/h
8. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.299s +1.058s [11/12] 289km/h
9. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 40.471s +1.230s [3/14] 293km/h
10. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 40.512s +1.271s [10/16] 287km/h
11. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.565s +1.324s [3/13] 291km/h
12. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.850s +1.609s [9/13] 285km/h
13. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 41.043s +1.802s [5/12] 283km/h
14. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 41.063s +1.822s [11/11] 289km/h
15. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 41.143s +1.902s [4/13] 287km/h
16. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 41.144s +1.903s [4/12] 283km/h
17. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 41.205s +1.964s [8/10] 288km/h
18. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 41.394s +2.153s [8/15] 287km/h
19. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 41.530s +2.289s [11/13] 285km/h
20. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 41.558s +2.317s [13/13] 284km/h
21. Michele Pirro ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 41.558s +2.317s [4/11] 288km/h
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Vale Takes Pole!! Marc with last minute run was close, 46.99.93 front row, those 3 were in a league of there own time wise!!! should be a good one tomorrow!!

Valentino Rossi takes pole position at Jerez for the first time since 2005.

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro is again replacing the injured Danilo Petrucci...

Qualifying 2:
1. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 38.736s [Lap 8/8] 287km/h (Top Speed)
2. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 38.858s +0.122s [6/8] 288km/h
3. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 38.891s +0.155s [8/8] 286km/h
4. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 39.580s +0.844s [7/8] 292km/h
5. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 39.581s +0.845s [8/8] 285km/h
6. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 39.588s +0.852s [7/7] 282km/h
7. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 39.678s +0.942s [7/8] 287km/h
8. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 39.720s +0.984s [7/8] 288km/h
9. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 39.742s +1.006s [6/8] 290km/h
10. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 39.881s +1.145s [6/8] 287km/h
11. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 40.054s +1.318s [6/6] 294km/h
12. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.184s +1.448s [5/5] 284km/h

Qualifying 1:
13. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 40.239s 285km/h
14. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 40.242s 287km/h
15. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.292s 287km/h
16. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.335s 287km/h
17. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 40.595s 288km/h
18. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 40.835s 281km/h
19. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 40.968s 284km/h
20. Michele Pirro ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 40.985s 289km/h
21. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 41.039s 280km/h
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Rossi wins three-way fight for 52nd pole position
Valentino Rossi banished his Qualifying demons to secure pole position in Jerez, besting Lorenzo and Marquez.
Tension hung in the air as the 12 fastest MotoGP™ World Championship riders zipped up their leathers and pulled on their helmets before stepping out to fight for pole position. Jerez is the shortest circuit of the opening four rounds, crew chiefs and their riders discussing one or two strop strategies until the final moments. As in almost every session at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was the first out of pit lane. Lorenzo, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), who had advanced through Q1, were the only riders to head out with the hard front tyre. The entire field had soft rears fitted from the start.

Straight away times were in the mid 1’39s, matching what they’d done during practice as Jorge Lorenzo seized the early lead. Both he and Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) came into the pits to switch bikes, the pair looking as though they would opt for a three run strategy. Lorenzo immediately returned to the pits and had the new tyres fitted to his first bike.

Meanwhile Marquez had overtaken the lead of the session with a 1’39.064 and went back into the pits for new tyres, remaining on the same bike. Times had remained largely unchanged as the rest of the field had also returned for their second set of Michelin tyres.

With new tyres on his preferred bike, Lorenzo put the hammer down straight away and set a 1’38.858 to jump into provisional pole. Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) was able to benefit from the lap as he expertly stuck in the slipstream.

Marquez tried to respond to Lorenzo’s lap but once again the final sector proved to be his downfall. He had just one lap left to do it, fans edged forward in their seats as Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) began his final lap with roaring pace as well. All three traded fastest sectors as the chequered flag came out. Rossi the first to cross the line, a 1’38.736 to push Lorenzo to second. It was all down to Marquez, could he snatch a third straight pole?

Try as he might the Spaniard has unable to overcome the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP duo as Rossi claimed his first pole since the Dutch TT in 2015. This is the first time since 2009 that Rossi has started on the front for three consecutive races and his 52 premier class pole position.

He may be in the best qualifying form in over half a decade, but Rossi won’t have it easy on race day as both Lorenzo and Marquez are out for home glory. Lorenzo’s time made it a Yamaha 1-2 as the duo were split by 0.122s, clearly the YZR-M1 is working incredibly well at the Jerez circuit. This is Lorenzo’s fourth front row start of the year, third in Argentina his worst position of 2016.

Completing the front row, Marc Marquez was unable to catch the super smooth Yamahas. Turns 11 and 12 are the source of all of Marquez’s problems as he ended 0.155s back on Rossi. All three of the leading trio have had races decided at the final corner in Jerez, will it be three across into Turn 13 on Sunday?

As the battle for pole raged, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) quietly went about his business as he secured fourth on the grid. But it’s clear the leading trio are a league above, Dovizioso 0.844s back on Lorenzo and 0.689s off a front row start. Fourth on the grid is a great result for Ducati and Dovizioso as the factory team have struggled massively throughout the weekend.

Two Team Suzuki Ecstar bikes completed the second row of the grid, Maverick Viñales out qualifying Aleix Espargaro for the fourth time in 2016. Incredibly Viñales was only 0.001s behind Dovizioso and Espargaro was just 0.007s back on his teammate. The leading three may be set for an exclusive battle for victory, but the battle for fourth place is building to be just as exciting.

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) will start from the head of the third row in front of Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing).

The fourth row will feature Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) and Loris Baz (Avintia Racing). Iannone had appeared to find some speed in Free Practice 3, but was not able to carry it over to Q2 as he qualified outside the front two rows for the first time in 2016.
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Wow. I really thought is was over when Lorenzo put in his top time. Kept thinking Marquez was going to do it, but not in the last sector.

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Incredible third section by Rossi on that pole lap. Tomorrow could be an interesting race.

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Yup it was a flyer indeed!!! Really think it will be a Yam fight, but you can never rule out Marc... The ducs esp Iannone are certainly having issues here...
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That was an awesome last lap by Vale. Hopefully we will see some great racing tomorrow, it seems the tires have not been such an issue this round.

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Finally broke down and got the video pass. Have access to so much awesome stuff now its great! I'm glad I did it. Now I have a lot of racing to catch up on, I will be spending my whole weekend on *********** lol. Cool to see Vale finally doing good in qualifying this year.
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Solid race by Rossi. Controlled it from the start.

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Yup Rossi lead all race, brilliant performance indeed! Jorge took second (wasnt happy with his tires....) and i was impressed with Marc for taking a solid 16 points in third, he certainly looks much more mature this season well done to all. Boring race for the most part, poor poor Dovi who had to retire from the race, his teammate was never in the front group and settled for P7. Good to see Dani up there in P4..

Race Results:
Valentino Rossi dominates the Spanish MotoGP at Jerez. Jorge Lorenzo second and Marc Marquez third.

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro was again replacing the injured Danilo Petrucci...

1. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 45m 28.834s
2. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 45m 31.220s
3. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 45m 35.921s
4. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 45m 39.185s
5. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 45m 42.977s
6. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 45m 45.606s
7. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 45m 55.111s
8. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 45m 59.584s
9. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 46m 1.159s
10. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 46m 1.458s
11. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 46m 7.331s
12. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 46m 8.503s
13. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 46m 14.061s
14. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 46m 16.720s
15. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 46m 16.822s
16. Michele Pirro ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 46m 18.248s
17. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 46m 18.347s
18. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 46m 22.168s
19. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 46m 34.389s
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) DNF
Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) DNF
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MotoGP Spain: Rossi: I couldn't have wanted anything better 24 April 2016
'My mechanic said to me 'first from the first corner to the last' and I say, 'this is a good idea – I will try!'' - Valentino Rossi.

Valentino Rossi said he couldn't have asked for anything more as the Yamaha rider sealed a commanding 87th premier class win in the Jerez MotoGP on Sunday.

The Italian star led from start to finish on the factory M1 and was never seriously troubled as he closed out his 113th career GP victory in convincing style over team-mate Jorge Lorenzo and championship leader Marc Marquez.

Rossi, who is 24 points behind Marquez following his first victory of the 2016 season after four rounds and seven adrift of Lorenzo, said: “You cannot wait for nothing better because we started well from Friday and I feel good with the bike; yesterday I was first in both practices, especially for positions, so it was great.

“When I was on the grid, I know that I can have a good pace but in the race it is always more difficult. My mechanic said to me 'first from the first corner to the last' and I say, 'this is a good idea – I will try!'

“I did a good start and I feel good with the bike from the beginning, I had good grip. I started to her the noise a little bit more far [of chasing riders], so I think that I can have a small advantage,” he added.

“I tried to push and I take it lap by lap and it was the best feeling that I can expect.”

Rossi experienced the same issue with rear wheel-spin on the straights with the medium Michelin that affected Lorenzo and admitted he was forced to slacken his pace to guard against the potential for creating an even bigger problem.

“We had a lot of spin in the straight and this is very strange, but it happen also yesterday in practice – I feel a little bit, today more,” Rossi said.

“In the last 10 or 12 laps, I spin very much, especially in the front straight and I start to be worried and slow down, because I had the worry that the tyre start to become too hot and start to make a vibration.

“I go on the straight with half-throttle so I don't spin and I slow down a little bit, but the good thing is that anyway the bike and the tyres work well in the corners so I can stay on 1'40.8 or 1'40.9 and I understand it was enough.”

The nine-time world champion made a flying start from pole position and was able to keep his nose in front from Lorenzo, who briefly nudged ahead at turn 9 on the second lap before Rossi hit straight back to regain the lead.

“The start was fantastic and also the first corners and also on the first lap I feel already a small, small advantage,” he said.

“On the second lap I wasn't perfect, I did 1'40.6, because I don't trust easily the situation and in fact Lorenzo overtake me, but I know that I have a good pace and try to come back and after from that moment I pulled away.”

The victory goes some way to making amends for Rossi's spill in Austin at the previous round, but the Yamaha rider fears he may be left to rue the crash, which cost him vital ground in the championship.

“It is a shame my mistake in Austin because I could get a lot of points because I was fast, but I made a mistake so I cannot see now the championship – I am just concentrating race by race and try to be strong like this also in Le Mans,” said Rossi.

“For me, Jerez is important because usually you can understand your level: if you are strong in Jerez, you can be strong in all the European races, but maybe this is true, or maybe not.”

Looking ahead to round five in France, he added: “I like Le Mans, it is a good track for the Yamaha, but it is also very difficult because of the weather conditions but we have to try to work like this from Friday in Le Mans.”
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MotoGP Spain: Lorenzo: Spinningrear cost me chance of win 24 April 2016
'The rear tyre didn't give me the possibility to fight for the win when I was coming stronger at the end of the race' - Jorge Lorenzo.

Jorge Lorenzo bemoaned a lack of rear grip on the straights for denying him the opportunity to challenge his Movistar Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi for victory at Jerez.

The MotoGP world champion was unable to make his customary flying start as Rossi dictated matters from the front instead, pulling away to establish a gap of three seconds.

Lorenzo managed to reduce the deficit by a second in the final third of the race but says he was forced to accept second place due to severe problems with rear wheel-spin on the two straights at the Spanish circuit, which he said was the worst he had ever experienced in MotoGP.

“It was a little bit a pity not to make a good start and it was much better in the first three races. I couldn't stay in the lead and then when I tried to pass Valentino, I braked too hard and I lose the front, so I couldn't be in first position to ride a little bit better in the first part of the race,” Lorenzo said.

“Rossi was faster in the middle of the race and I was losing little by little some metres and the rear tyre started to spin.

“I started to spin on the straight, but not so much, and then I start to recover quickly some metres with Rossi, but suddenly the rear started to spin the two straights so much in the centre – it never happened to me in MotoGP, so I have to slow down and be easy on the throttle in the straights in every gear,” he added.

“I couldn't keep the same dynamic to catch him and fight for the win. Rossi crashed in Austin so he was 12 behind, now he is seven, and we recovered four points with Marc, so for the championship this is good, but frustrated with this problem on the straight with the rear tyre.”

Lorenzo achieved a significant milestone as he claimed his 100th MotoGP rostrum at Jerez but felt it could have been even better if it hadn't been for the problems he faced with the rear Michelin.

“I am happy also for my 100th podium in MotoGP, so to get this statistic with a lot of first and second places means that I am very consistent in this category, so I'm happy with this because only three riders in history did it before,” Lorenzo said.

“In the next races if I am in first row, if I can say in first position I will ride a little bit better, but it wasn't very comfortable today with hot temperatures and with the tyres, the front and the rear, I was not as fast as Rossi.

“Finally, when I was catching him, this thing happened with the rear, so the rear tyre didn't give me the possibility to fight for the win when I was coming stronger at the end of the race,” he added.

“I hope that in the next race we will not have problems with the rear: I'm happy with the front because it is safer and much better, but after problems of [Loris] Baz and [Scott] Redding Michelin need to get this experience to improve now the rear.”
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The Gran Premio Red Bull de España saw Valentino Rossi lead from start to finish, winning from Lorenzo and Marquez with ease.
All weekend the leading three were in a league of their own. Rossi, Lorenzo and Marquez had filled the top three spots of almost every practice session and lined up next to each other on the front row of the grid. The three biggest names in MotoGP™ were alongside each other once more and everything in practice had indicated that there was almost nothing to choose between them. As is typical of the Spanish GP, the grid was packed with mechanics, guests and officials but the riders did their best to block it out and run through their race plans.

With all three on the same hard front and medium rear tyres, managing tyre life could very well decide the race but those concerns would come later. The sun beat down on the grid and getting into, and out of, Turn 1 quickly and safety was all any of the MotoGP™ riders were worrying about. Races can’t be won in the first corner, but they can certainly be lost. Right hands gripped throttles; riders leaned forward and tensed as the lights came on. Off the lights went, the crowd erupting into applause and cheers as Valentino Rossi made a great start to lead into Turn 1. But he wasn’t alone Jorge Lorenzo right behind with Repsol Honda Team duo Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa within touching distance.

Perhaps the best start of the race was from Pedrosa who quickly put his RC213V into third midway through the first lap. Across the line they went as the second lap began as the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP pair stretched their lead. Marquez attacked Pedrosa into Turn 6, running wide as his line was blocked. Through Turn 9 Lorenzo launched a similar attack on Rossi, the Italian holding off his teammate as the Hondas clawed back the gap with Marquez now in third.

Fans were transfixed on the leading four, few noticing the incredible start of Eugene Laverty (Aspar Team MotoGP) who was in eighth as the third lap began and the leading Independent Team rider. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) chased Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) for fifth with Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) on the tail of his Ducati. Dovizioso’s teammate, Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) was having a terrible race, dropping like a stone down to 14th in the opening laps.

All of the leaders lapped in the mid 1’40s, Rossi trying to escape as Marquez looked for a way through on Lorenzo. His lead would soon be over half a second, Rossi upped his pace lap after lap and drew out hundredths of a second at each corner. Before long the gap was at a second, Valentino Rossi seemingly doing as his teammate had done so many times before and breaking the field early in the race. No matter what Lorenzo did he was unable to close in on Rossi nor shake off Marquez.

Disaster struck for Dovizioso on the tenth lap as yet again, through no fault of his own, his race came to an end. The factory Ducati rider was forced to sit up as his Desmosedici GP encountered a terminal issue, forcing him to ride back into the pits and once again make the long walk across the garage to spectate the race.

Rossi and his team had focused on race setting throughout the weekend, ‘The Doctor’s’ work paying off as the gap soon grew to over two seconds as no one was able to match his lap times. Behind him Lorenzo had his hands full fending off Marquez, the Repsol Honda rider not quite close enough to attack but able to apply ample pressure.

Overtakes were scarce at the front but the battle for seventh place produced some thrilling racing, Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) leading the group ahead of Laverty. Just behind them Andrea Iannone and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) pushed each other hard for 10th position, not what either rider wanted before the race. In front, Pedrosa had Aleix Espargaro to contend with, Pedrosa working hard to hold off the Suzuki man. Since his fifth in Austin, Espargaro has been in some of the best form of his career after a setup breakthrough.

With over half race distance gone, Lorenzo broke Marquez and opened up a one second lead on his fellow Spaniard. Marquez had chosen to run winglets on his Honda which assisted with keeping the front end down but also ran the risk of overheating the front tyre over the race. With ten laps to go, Lorenzo hadn’t just broken Marquez but he also began to close in on Rossi. A gap that was once three seconds quickly dropped to two and that gap continued to fall by a couple of tenths a lap, would it be enough with eight laps remaining?

His chances of victory would fade as Rossi responded to Lorenzo’s increased pace and once again dropped into the low 1’41s. The gap would grow to over three seconds, Lorenzo unable to push any harder and settling to take valuable championship points. Marquez also continued to drop back, his chances of a home victory long gone as he found himself over five second behind Lorenzo.

After a terrible start to the race, Iannone set about making up for lost time and quickly got past Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and ran away with seventh place. This would be one of the last battles of the race as the field stretched out, only a handful of riders within a second of each other.

For the 113th time in his career and the 87th time in the premier class, Valentino Rossi pulled a wheelie across the line to celebrate victory. After the disappointment of Austin, the result is exactly what ‘The Doctor’ needed. Behind him Jorge Lorenzo took his 100th premier class podium finish and Marquez was able to keep the lead of the Championship, his lead reduced slightly to 17 points.

Pedrosa withstood Espargaro’s challenge to end in fourth ahead of the Spaniard.

Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team), Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Eugene Laverty (Aspar Team MotoGP) and Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) completed the top ten.

Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) crashed out of the race at Turn 11 after battling with Cal Crutchlow in the opening stages.

The Monster Energy Grand Prix de France will seem them do it all again for round five of the 2016 World Championship.
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MOTOGP RIDERS' CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 (Round 4 of 18)
POSITION RIDER TEAM POINTS
1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 82
2 Jorge Lorenzo Movistar Yamaha 65
3 Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha 58
4 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 40
5 Pol Espargaro Monster Yamaha Tech 3 36
6 Maverick Vinales Team Suzuki Ecstar 33
7 Aleix Espargaro Team Suzuki Ecstar 32
8 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing 31
9 Eugene Laverty Aspar Team MotoGP 28
10 Andrea Iannone Ducati Team 25
11 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team 23
12 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 20
13 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 17
14 Scott Redding Octo Pramac Yakhnich 16
15 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 14
16 Michele Pirro Octo Pramac Yakhnich 12
17 Tito Rabat Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 11
18 Jack Miller Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 2
19 Yonny Hernandez Avintia Racing 2
20 Loris Baz Avintia Racing 1
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Marcs comments:
Marquez: “Rossi was on another level, like I was in Austin”
Front tyre issues end Marc Marquez’s chances of victory in Jerez, the Spaniard producing a mature ride for third.
Marc Marquez, just like Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), opted to run the hard front and medium rear Michelin tyres. Even with the same tyres, Marquez wasn’t able to match the opening pace of the Movistar Yamaha pair and found himself stuck behind Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) on the first lap. At the end of the first lap, Marquez would get past his teammate and set about looking to close in on Lorenzo. Sticking to the rear of the Majorcan, Marquez was dragged away from the rest of the field but was never able to attack and soon found himself managing his tyres. Conditions were 11ºC hotter than on Saturday and Marquez suffered, fighting to stay upright and ending over four seconds behind Lorenzo. Even with the problems, Marquez still brought home third for Honda and took to the podium with a Japanese flag in support on the Kumamoto earthquake victims.

Once the race was over, Marquez made it clear that his tyre issues limited and chose to ride smart rather than pushing for glory. In past years there’s no doubt that Marquez would have thrown caution to the wind and put it all on the line, but after a difficult 2015 he is older and wiser. Settling for third allowed Marquez to claim 16 valuable championship points and retain his lead in the championship. Marquez leaves the Spanish GP with a 17 point lead point over Lorenzo in second, his advantage only shrinking by four points despite the difficult race. Third place also continued Marquez’s perfect premier class podium record in Jerez, one of five circuits on the current calendar where he has finished on the podium in each of his visits. The World Championship now have a weekend off before heading to France for round five in Le Mans.

Marc Marquez: “Honestly, today Valentino [Rossi] was on another level, like I was in Austin, and the most important thing is that today we accepted finishing third in the race. I learned a lot from last year and and I didn’t want to make a mistake. I was very focused from the start and I tried to ride strongly and stay with Jorge [Lorenzo], but I could tell that with the higher track temperatures - 11º C higher than yesterday - it was very difficult for me to manage the front tyre well. I almost crashed several times, so in the end I made a difficult decision in front of our fans, as we preferred to secure 16 points that will be very positive at the end of the season, which is very long. We must have patience until we take a step further with the bike’s acceleration and find something else that allows us to fight for the win.”
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Wow, did not expect a win for Rossi like that. That's the stuff that Lorenzo normally does. Interesting that the top three were all on the same tires. I know riding style/suspension/bike setup in general has a lot to do with it, but both Marquez, and Lorenzo complained of the tires going off. I don't think Rossi said his were destroyed (unless I missed it).

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Unbelievable how he can still dominate a race like that at 37 years old! Even if he can't take another championship he can sure still win some races. If I read correctly he had the same tire problem as Lorenzo. Great race for both of them. Lorenzo is so consistent it seems like he doesn't even need to try that hard to finish in the top 3 every race.
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They covered Rossi's rear tyre at parc ferme as well.. That's a tell tale sign that the wear must have been pretty horrendous.
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