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Lorenzo takes MotoGP win in Jerez
03 May 2015 15:03
Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo savoured his first MotoGP victory of the season on Sunday with a pole-to-flag victory in his home Spanish Grand Prix ahead of reigning world champion Marc Marquez.
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Marquez, riding with a fractured little finger after a training accident, finished 5.576 seconds behind after holding off a challenge from Lorenzo's Italian team mate Valentino Rossi.
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Rossi made MotoGP history with his 200th podium finish and also extended his championship lead to 15 points over compatriot Andrea Dovizioso.
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Rossi now has 82 points, with Dovizioso on 67 and Lorenzo on 62. Marquez is fourth with 56.
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Lorenzo's fifth win in Jerez across all classes came after he set a lap record in qualifying for Yamaha's first pole of the season. The Spaniard made a strong start, with Marquez close behind.
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He had a lead of more than two seconds after 10 laps while Rossi trailed Marquez by almost three but the Italian gradually closed the gap.
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By the 18th lap, it looked as though there could be a repeat of the last race in Argentina where Rossi caught Marquez late on but this time the Spaniard responded and pulled away.
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Ireland’s Eugene Laverty finished in 18th place on his Honda, +1'03.163 off the race leader.
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