MotoGP title gets tight with Lorenzo win in Spain

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Regardless if you are jazzed over the Formula 1 battle between Lewis Hamilton and his teammate and closest rival, Nico Rosberg, you can’t blame MotoGP for not trying to provide you with a more interesting championship in which three riders across two different teams are vying to for the title.

Veteran Valentino Rossi headed into this week’s Spanish Grand Prix with two wins under his belt and new lease on an already epic MotoGP career. While he didn’t win on Sunday, he did manage to score his 200th podium finish and still leads the championship in points.

His teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, did claim victory and opened his bank account on this year’s championship closing the points gap and controlling the race from pole position to checkered flag.

Unable to answer was Honda’s Marc Marquez who finished second with an injured finger. The Spaniard did manage to claw some points back after a DNF in the last race and closed the gap to second place as Ducati rider, Andrea Dovizioso, ran wide on the first lap putting him in the back of the grid struggling to recover to ninth. It was a tough weekend for the Ducati team.

Honorable mentions to Cal Crutchlow for a nice finish in 4th on his LCR Honda and to Andrea Iannone for at least giving Ducati a 6th place finish just behind Pol Espargaro.

Results

PosRiderTeamBikeGap
1Jorge LorenzoYamahaYamaha44m57.246s
2Marc MarquezHondaHonda5.576s
3Valentino RossiYamahaYamaha11.586s
4Cal CrutchlowLCRHonda22.727s
5Pol EspargaroTech 3Yamaha26.620s
6Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati27.021s
7Aleix EspargaroSuzukiSuzuki35.445s
8Bradley SmithTech 3Yamaha36.296s
9Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati41.933s
10Yonny HernandezPramac RacingDucati51.072s
11Maverick VinalesSuzukiSuzuki51.674s
12Danilo PetrucciPramac RacingDucati52.421s
13Scott ReddingMarc VDSHonda53.052s
14Hector BarberaAvintia RacingDucati53.200s
15Alvaro BautistaAprilia GresiniAprilia57.344s
16Stefan BradlForward RacingYamaha Forward59.018s
17Nicky HaydenAsparHonda1m01.506s
18Eugene LavertyAsparHonda1m03.163s
19Marco MelandriAprilia GresiniAprilia1m06.895s
20Jack MillerLCRHonda1m14.182s
21Alex de AngelisIodaRacing ProjectART/Aprilia1m26.832s
22Mike Di MeglioAvintia RacingDucati1 Lap
Hiroshi AoyamaHondaHondaRetirement
Loris BazForward RacingYamaha ForwardRetirement
Karel AbrahamAB MotoracingHondaRetirement

POINTS

PosRiderPoints
1Valentino Rossi82
2Andrea Dovizioso67
3Jorge Lorenzo62
4Marc Marquez56
5Andrea Iannone50
6Cal Crutchlow47
7Bradley Smith36
8Aleix Espargaro31
9Pol Espargaro26
10Maverick Vinales20
11Danilo Petrucci19
12Scott Redding13
13Yonny Hernandez12
14Daniel Pedrosa10
15Hector Barbera10
16Jack Miller6
17Hiroshi Aoyama5
18Nicky Hayden3
19Loris Baz2
20Alvaro Bautista2
21Stefan Bradl1

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