Summary and results of MotoGP race:
Jorge Lorenzo has taken an emphatic victory in a crash strewn race at the Gran Premi de Catalunya. Having taken the hole shot, Lorenzo lead a breakaway group of five riders including Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez, Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi in the early laps. Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Marquez began to edge away from Crutchlow and Rossi as the race progressed.
Lorenzo made his break with eight laps to go, putting the hammer down and building a gap of one second over Pedrosa which he maintained monotonously until the checkered flag. Pedrosa had to start worrying about the advancing Marquez behind him. The Repsol Honda riders fought a frantic battle in the closing laps, Marquez nearly crashing on several occasions, but the tenacious youngster refused to give up on making a pass on his more senior compatriot. Pedrosa eventually prevailed, crossing the line in second place, only heading Marquez by less than a tenth of a second.
Valentino Rossi finished a lonely race in fourth place ahead of Stefan Bradl who finished in a solid fifth. Bradley Smith earned a highly deserved sixth place, holding off Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso. Aleix Espargaro, Colin Edwards and Michele Pirro rounded out the top ten.
The race was high in incident, starting out when Alvaro Bautista crashed at turn ten on the first lap, attempting to make a risky passing maneuver on Valentino Rossi, The Doctor was thankful that he wasn't taken out by the feisty Spaniard for a second race in succession. Andrea Iannone also crashed at turn ten with 21 laps remaining, desperately trying to keep up with Dovizioso. Cal Crutchlow joined the list of casualties, crashing while trying to hang on to the marauding top three. Unbelievably Nicky Hayden crashed out of fifth place a few corners later, trying to edge away from Stefan Bradl. There were no less than seven DNF's in total.
|9||5||Colin EDWARDS||FTR Kawasaki||+1'03.142|
|12||71||Claudio CORTI||FTR Kawasaki||+1'33.679|
|14||67||Bryan STARING||FTR Honda||+1'50.745|
|15||77||Javier DEL AMOR||FTR||1 Lap|
|16||52||Lukas PESEK||Ioda-Suter||1 Lap|
|8||Hector BARBERA||FTR||10 Laps|
|17||Karel ABRAHAM||ART||15 Laps|
|35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||Yamaha||20 Laps|
|69||Nicky HAYDEN||Ducati||20 Laps|
|29||Andrea IANNONE||Ducati||21 Laps|
|14||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||24 Laps|
|Not Finished 1st Lap|
|19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||Honda||0 Lap|
|70||Michael LAVERTY||PBM||0 Lap|