MotoGP: Lorenzo produces masterclass victory in Barcelona

Following a new lap record from Dani Pedrosa in qualifying yesterday at the Montmelo circuit of Catalunya, it was the Repsol Honda rider started from pole position ahead of Britain’s Cal Crutchlow and Jorge

Lorenzo delivered a faultless race at home in Spain

Photo: Yamaha MotoGP

Lorenzo on the out the outside of the front row. Repsol Honda rookie Marc Marquez was back in sixth position one place ahead of Valentino Rossi in seventh position.

Despite being disappointed with his qualifying result, Lorenzo got a scorching start from third position and moved straight into the lead on the first corner ahead of the Repsol Honda duo. However, the shine was taken off the leading group early on when the opening laps became a crash-fest for the field of 24 riders. Go and Fun Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista made it two first lap crashes in a row, losing the front end at turn 10 and almost taking Rossi with him. PBM rookie Michael Laverty’s race was over before it really got started, crashing out just after Bautista at turn 10, dropping his CRT with a full tank of fuel.
Back with the riders on track and it looked to be shaping up for a five way fight at the front, with the two Yamaha’s of Crutchlow and Rossi hanging onto the front three; an even gap had developed between the five ‘aliens’. Not far behind was a lonely Stefan Bradl in sixth on his LCR Honda ahead of a three-way Ducati fight for seventh position. With the front five pushing each other on every lap Yamaha Factory rider Valentino Rossi seemed to be ready to overtake Crutchlow, whilst Marquez was putting his team-mate under pressure, trying and pass him for second position. Looking to be equaling his best finish of his MotoGP career, Pramac Racing team’s Andrea Iannone crashed out of ninth position in turn 10 with 21 laps to go.
Managing to hold off Rossi for four laps, Crutchlow’s efforts were soon forgotten as the Briton crashed out of fourth place with 20 laps of the race remaining, losing the front end of his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 through turn seven. After showing such strong pace throughout the race weekend, Ducati Factory rider Nicky Hayden was the fifth rider to crash out of the Catalan race, again losing the front end at turn ten as he was locked in a battle with Stefan Bradl for fifth. Up at the front of the pack and Valentino Rossi was beginning to lose touch with the leaders, with a big gap developing between the Italian and Marquez. 
In the closing ten laps Lorenzo hadn’t dropped off his fellow countrymen and just 0.9s covered the top three,   with The Doctor now out of touch for a podium finish crossing the line four seconds back of the Spaniards. This was when 26 year old Lorenzo began to pull the pin, pulling a 1.030s lead with 7 laps remaining. Behind the top five a battle for sixth position was occurring with Britain’s Bradley Smith still injured from his crashes in Mugello challenging Ducati’s Dovizioso to secure his best result so far in the MotoGP class. 
Drama began to develop on lap 24 of 25 when Marquez tried to overtake Pedrosa for second position, but with Pedrosa slamming the door shut Marquez looked to lose control of his RC213V and almost collided with Pedrosa in turn 4. The young pretender re-grouped and tried to find a way round his team-mate in the final lap, but failed to deliver and was just pipped to the line by Pedrosa. Lorenzo won the race by just over two seconds securing his third win out of six in 2013. Valentino Rossi crossed the line in a lonely fourth position, over four seconds back of his team-mate ahead of Stefan Bradl in fifth and Bradley Smith securing the sixth position ahead of Dovizioso. 
Track temperatures soared to over 55 degrees this weekend and it seemed that tyres played too big of a part in the qualifying and race positions, with only 16 riders crossing the line this afternoon. Jorge Lorenzo provided another faultless race, showing why he deserves to have both world championships by making no mistakes yet still providing his home fans with an exciting atmosphere. The Repsol Honda duo weren’t far behind, and despite the track not suiting the Honda’s they both hung onto Lorenzo for most of the race; they are be a force to be reckoned with and continue to push their Honda’s to the limit. Just two seconds covered the top three today and the championship could be anyone’s at this stage.

Valentino Rossi was lucky to not be taken out by Bautista for the second race in a row but just lacked that little something to get himself up with the leaders, could it be his age playing a part? The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 duo won’t be leaving as happy as they have at previous rounds, despite Bradley Smith showing the paddock he’s made of strong stuff to secure his best ever MotoGP result with no tendons in his little finger. Crutchlow ended his podium run by just pushing a little too hard on his M1 – a pattern that seems to be occurring, although he proved he had podium pace this afternoon. 

Results below: 
Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time/Gap
1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 43’06.479
2 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.763
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.826
4 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 5.874
5 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 26.756
6 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 32.228
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 32.692
8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 58.615
9 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki +1’03.142
10 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati +1’09.774
11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter +1’24.377
12 71 Claudio CORTI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki +1’33.679
13 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Paul Bird Motorsport ART +1’45.355
14 67 Bryan STARING AUS GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda +1’50.745
15 77 Javier DEL AMOR SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 1 Lap
16 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 1 Lap
Not Classified
8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 10 Laps
17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing ART 15 Laps
35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 20 Laps
69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 20 Laps
29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 21 Laps
14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 24 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 0 Lap
70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 0 Lap
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One thought on “MotoGP: Lorenzo produces masterclass victory in Barcelona

  1. Lorenzo was legend. Pedroza had his best chance of a WC last year (circa before Marquez). Had it not been Pedroza in front of Marquez on lap 24 he would have kept the hammer down and faced the consequences. Rossi is and always will be a talent that is great to watch but coming home 4th? I think he has the mentality that befits true ''business'' men. Im earning and they pay me well so why try to hurt myself??
    Crutchy by his own admition fucked up. Derrr but he knows it. Bautista bless him needs to understand that in order to finish first….first you have TO finish!!!! Using the excuse of being ''held up'' considering that is by the 5 aliens, doesnt realy stack up when you crash trying to overtake them. I would suggest his seat is already under discussion with another rider and he knows. Great race good crowd and nice to see BS38 get a result that he wont get again this year.

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