2015 Jerez MotoGP Race Result: A Return To Form

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Jorge Lorenzo rode to a victory that was as dominant as it was uneventful Sunday at the Jerez circuit in Spain. Lorenzo, who got the holeshot in lap one, finished five seconds clear of Marc Marquez (2nd).

Another six seconds back, Valentino Rossi settled for third, claiming his fourth podium of the season and marking his 200th career world championship podium. Cal Crutchlow rode his satellite Honda to a lonely fourth after passing Pol Espargaro (5th) with a third of the race remaining.

In a year marked by dramatic racing in the MotoGP class, Jerez proved just the opposite. 

Lorenzo, who also dominated practice, grabbed the lead at the first corner with Marquez hot on his tail. Pol Espargaro settled into third closely followed by Rossi, Cal Crutchlow and Aleix Espargaro on the factory Suzuki.

Both factory Ducatis had a miserable start with Andrea Iannone -- who began the race on the front row -- immediately dropped to eighth. Andrea Dovizioso then ran off the track and was dropped to 25th and last.

Within three laps, Rossi passed Espargaro and settled into third. Crutchlow soon also moved by Espargaro for fourth. The top five positions would remain unchanged for the final 15 laps of the race with Lorenzo steadily extending his lead. By lap 10, Rossi had closed within a single second to Marquez. But the current world champion upped the pace and was never seriously threatened the rest of the way.

At the end, Iannone had climbed into sixth, followed by Aleix Espargaro (7th) and Bradley Smith (8th). Dovizioso made am impressive charge through the field from dead last to grab ninth, just in front of Yonny Hernandez.

The top-five riders finished without a nearby challenger. More than 25 seconds separated first through fifth.

Rossi, now with 82 points, extended his gap over Andrea Dovizioso (67 points) to fifteen points. Lorenzo's win moved him into third place.


Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 44'57.246
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 5.576
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 11.586
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 22.727
5 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 26.62
6 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 27.021
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 35.445
8 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 36.296
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 41.933
10 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 51.072
11 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 51.674
12 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 52.421
13 45 Scott REDDING Honda 53.052
14 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 53.2
15 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 57.344
16 6 Stefan BRADL Yamaha Forward 59.018
17 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda +1'01.506
18 50 Eugene LAVERTY Honda +1'03.163
19 33 Marco MELANDRI Aprilia +1'06.895
20 43 Jack MILLER Honda +1'14.182
21 15 Alex DE ANGELIS ART +1'26.832
22 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Ducati 1 Lap
Not Classified      
  7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 13 Laps
  76 Loris BAZ Yamaha Forward 19 Laps
  17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 24 Laps


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...as other races but well done Jorge, he made no mistakes at all.
On Friday I said I was going to be amazed by him and I am. Managing a second place in those conditions......
Rossi 200 podiums. That's a number really. Watching Ago on telly.... one day it will be Valentino and we could say ... we watched him race!

It's a pity for Dovi he left some important points on the table, and well done to Pol to fend off Crazy Joe!

I think we can come to the conclusion that the RC213V RS is about the last bike you would want to be on right now. It is already getting beaten by the Aprilia RS-GP, which is a bike under construction with a (heavily) modified road bike engine. And Bautista and Melandri can expect to see further improvement during the season, with more to come next year. I don't expect Honda to bother about the bikes of Hayden en Laverty very much.
Oh wait, the Honda does seem to be superior to the old CRT bike of Alex De Angelis.

On the other hand, to put things into perspective: the field is unbelievably close, so even those at the back of the field are still seriously fast. It was easier to look good in the old days when the difference between the front and rear was something like seven seconds...

I never thought I'd ever say it but I wish that Poor Nicky could at least get his hands on a 14.3!

I know we have to have concessions to give Ducati, Suzuki and Aprillia a chance while they are developing bikes, so for sure the extra engines, fuel and testing is fine. But the soft tyres are creating mobile road blocks by giving them the chance for unrealisticaly good qualifying position, splitting up the riders who would give us a good race if they got away together in the race.
Also, isn't it frustrating to wonder how close to the leaders Laverty, Miller, etc would be if the bikes were closer in performance?

That Ewan bloke on BT sport didn't even know the significance of Lorezo planting the flag to claim Lorenzo land. Don't these people who use Moto GP as a stepping stone in their broadcasting career, but have no life long interest in the sport, do any research?
James Toseland may turn up with silly hair styles sometimes, but give me the insight of a racer any day.

Keith Huewen is actually a former grand prix racer. I agree that he's not a very good commentator though; he's too argumentative, often calls things wrong, won't admit he was wrong, gives spoilers about the moto2 and moto3 races during the motogp, etc. The rest of the BT Sport team are starting to gel together nicely though.

Jules was best when he was with Spalding and Ryder on Eurosport.

....just a pity the flagpole broke as he was trying to ram it into the gravel....poor old Jorge never has much luck with his post-race celebrations, I recall the flag in the back wheel, nearly drowning in the Phillip Island lake, there's quite a list of his celebration fails :)

Big ups to him for totally dominating a home race though, very satisfying to beat MM. It was a lacklustre race, but it is exciting for the championship. Rossi did not look happy at all to be taking third - that is also a very good thing, as there have been times in recent years when he actually was pleased just to get on the podium. How times have changed for the better.

I think it was the Jerez pond (2010) that he got stuck in and that is why he went to do the same thing again. It really got the photographers sprinting.

I don't see anything lacklustre about watching the fastest riders in the world ride as fast as they can. It's just a different race.
I wish Fox didn't sew up the Moto2 and Moto3 here in Australia. I won't pay anything to that company, so I don't get to see even 2seconds of highlights.

Thanks David for you excellent, educational and entertaining writings.