2010 Jerez MotoGP Results: Jorge Lorenzo Victory

MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo 2010 Victory2010 Jerez, Spain MotoGP Results

Jorge Lorenzo beat Dani Pedrosa to a victory in the Spanish MotoGP in an Adrenaline pumping  final lap battle at Jerez.

Pedrosa had looked set for a straightforward win for most of the race, but was chased down by Lorenzo, and eventually defeated after a thrilling – and sometimes physical – scrap between the two Spain men.

Lorenzo had fell from second to fifth at the start, while Pedrosa (Honda) took a clear lead ahead of Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha and the Ducati’s of Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner.

It took Lorenzo several laps to win an early dice with Stoner, after which he closed down and passed Hayden. But then the top three seemed set, with comfortable gaps between Pedrosa, Rossi and Lorenzo, and all three lapping at a similar pace. In the closing stages though Lorenzo raised his game, overtaking Rossi at the end of the back straight with six laps remaining and then setting off in pursuit of Pedrosa.

By the penultimate lap they were nose to tail. Lorenzo got down the inside of Pedrosa into the Dry Sack corner, but could not quite complete the move, the pair nearly touching as Pedrosa claimed the line. Lorenzo then tried the outside into the last bend, where Pedrosa robustly held him wide. It then came down to the end of the back straight again, with Lorenzo taking another look down the inside. Pedrosa braked late to hold him off, but ran slightly too wide – allowing Lorenzo to sweep through and go on to win, with Rossi chasing Pedrosa home.

The ecstatic Lorenzo then celebrated by stopping on his slowing down lap and jumping into the circuit’s lake! He was eventually fished out and rode back to parc ferme somewhat damp. Hayden beat Stoner to fourth, while Andrea Dovizioso took a lonely sixth on the second Honda.

Pramac Ducati’s Mika Kallio fought through from the back of the grid to seventh, winning a tremendous multi-bike battle in which Gresini Honda duo Marco Melandri and Marco Simoncelli, and LCR Honda’s Randy de Puniet played starring roles.

There were only two retirements: Loris Capirossi crashing his Suzuki early on, and Ben Spies parking his Tech 3 Yamaha with a tire issue.

MotoGP Results

Pos  Rider             Team                  Time/Gap
 1.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha              45m17.538s
 2.  Dani Pedrosa      Honda                 + 0.543s
 3.  Valentino Rossi   Yamaha                + 0.890s
 4.  Nicky Hayden      Ducati                + 9.015s
 5.  Casey Stoner      Ducati               + 10.034s
 6.  Andrea Dovizioso  Honda                + 23.144s
 7.  Mika Kallio       Pramac Ducati        + 34.489s
 8.  Marco Melandri    Gresini Honda        + 34.687s
 9.  Randy de Puniet   LCR Honda            + 36.160s
10.  Alvaro Bautista   Suzuki               + 36.791s
11.  Marco Simoncelli  Gresini Honda        + 37.155s
12.  Colin Edwards     Tech 3 Yamaha        + 38.260s
13.  Hector Barbera    Aspar Ducati         + 38.371s
14.  Hiroshi Aoyama    Interwetten Honda  + 1m02.052s
15.  Aleix Espargaro   Pramac Ducati         + 3 laps

Retirements:

      Ben Spies         Tech 3 Yamaha      7 laps
      Loris Capirossi   Suzuki             2 laps
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