Monday, April 4, 2011

MotoGP : 2011 Spain - Race result – Jorge Lorenzo wins at home in Spanish 1-2

MotoGP results of the race at the circuit in Jerez - World Champion Jorge Lorenzo brought the Yamaha Racing M1 to the chequered flag ahead of the Repsol Honda of Dani Pedrosa after inheriting the lead early in the race when a low-side by the GP11 of Valentino Rossi, while working his way to the head of the field from his lowly grid starting position, ended in frustration for the Australian Casey
Stoner on the Repsol Honda who had his front wheel taken out from under him by the Desmosedici.

Pedrosa on the Repsol Honda held on to second place until he was passed, with 4 laps to go by a hard charging Ben Spies on the second factory Yamaha, having tracked the Spaniard for most of the latter part of the race and offered the position when the Honda had a ‘twitch’ in Turn 5, just to return the position moments later when the Texan was let down by his Bridgestone tyres and crashed out into the sand at the side of the circuit.
Veteran Colin Edwards kept his Tech 3 Yamaha upright and almost returned to the podium after a long hiatus, but had to face disappointment in what appeared to be a mechanical failure on the second last lap to present his fellow American Nicky Hayden on the Ducati with the last podium place.

Fourth over the line was Japanese rider Hiroshi Aoyam on the San Carlo Honda Gresini, offering some compensation to the team whose Italian rider Marco ‘Super Sic’ Simoncelli, while in the lead and looking good for his first victory, lost grip to also slide out of the race.

Multiple champion Valentino Rossi worked his way back up the field to fifth as numerous riders were loosing traction and falling off from worn wet weather tyres in the worsening conditions, to take the chequered flag ahead of the satellite Aspar Ducati of Hector Barbera in sixth.
In what some commentators confessed to be controversial circumstances involving the track side marshals, who were deemed to have assisted Rossi return to the track without offering much help to Stoner, the disenchanted Australian retired to the back of the team garage and then after the race accepted the apologies from Rossi, jokingly suggesting to Vale: “Your ambition outweighed your talent?”

Weather: Wet | Air temp: 17ºC | Track temp: 15ºC | Humidity: 90%

MotoGP race results:

Pos. Rider Team Bike Speed Time / Gap
1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 141 50'49.046
2 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Honda 140.1 +19.339
3 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team Ducati 139.7 +29.085
4 Hiroshi AOYAMA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 139.6 +29.551
5 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team Ducati 138.2 +62.227
6 Hector BARBERA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 137.9 +68.440
7 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 137.7 +74.120
8 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 137.4 +79.110
9 Toni ELIAS LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 136.4 +102.906
10 John HOPKINS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 136.2 +108.395
11 Loris CAPIROSSI Pramac Racing Team Ducati 136 +111.876
12 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Repsol Honda Team Honda 133.6 1 lap
NC. Colin EDWARDS Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 140 1 lap
NC. Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 141.3 3 laps
NC. Randy DE PUNIET Pramac Racing Team Ducati 140.3 11 laps
NC. Marco SIMONCELLI San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 143.9 16 laps
NC. Casey STONER Repsol Honda Team Honda 144 20 laps

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