Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez produced a stellar performance to close the gap in the Championship with a well earned second place at the GP of Spain in front of 122,000 spectators. Teammate Hiroshi Aoyama unfortunately crashed out of the race but thankfully escaped serious injury.
It was a frantic start as pole man Lorenzo led with a blistering pace and breaking the race lap record on lap two. Marc did a fantastic job to stay with Lorenzo before a gap began to emerge mid-race. With fatigue setting in as Marc’s right arm compensated for his weaker injured left hand, Rossi had made his way through the pack into third place and was closing in. Marc showed grit and determination controlling the gap and taking an important second place and twenty valuable points.
Hiroshi was caught amongst the pack starting in sixteenth but dropped down to nineteenth in the early laps. Using the hard option rear tyre he knew the beginning of the race would be difficult but as the race progressed his grip level would improve and he could fight to move through the pack. He climbed back to fifteenth before a high speed crash in turn five – after losing the front – ended his race prematurely on lap fifteen.
Marc is now 4th in the World Championship standings with 56 points, 26 behind Rossi. With Pedrosa 14th on 10 points.
There is a post-race test scheduled tomorrow, with the original plan for Marc not to test however, tomorrow morning he will reassess his situation and if possible complete a few laps to test a new swing arm and give important information to the HRC technicians. Hiroshi had an x-ray after the race which revealed no break but heavy swelling in his shoulder. His condition will also be assessed in the morning to determine if he can test or not.
|1||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||25||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||44'57.246|
|2||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||20||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||+5.576|
|3||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||16||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||+11.586|
|4||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||13||CWM LCR Honda||Honda||+22.727|
|5||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||11||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||+26.620|
|6||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||10||Ducati Team||Ducati||+27.021|
|7||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||9||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||+35.445|
|8||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||8||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||+36.296|
|9||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||7||Ducati Team||Ducati||+41.933|
|10||Hernandez Yonny||68||COL||6||Pramac Racing||Ducati||+51.072|
|11||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||5||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||+51.674|
|12||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||4||Pramac Racing||Ducati||+52.421|
|13||Redding Scott||45||GBR||3||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||+53.052|
|14||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||2||Avintia Racing||Ducati||+53.200|
|15||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||1||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||+57.344|
|16||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||0||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||+59.018|
|18||Laverty Eugene||50||IRE||0||Aspar Team||Honda||+1'03.163|
|19||Melandri Marco||33||ITA||0||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||+1'06.895|
|20||Miller Jack||43||AUS||0||LCR Honda||Honda||+1'14.182|
|21||De Angelis Alex||15||RSM||0||E-Motion IodaRacing Team||ART||+1'26.832|
|22||Di Meglio Mike||63||FRA||0||Avintia Racing||Ducati||+1 lap|
|23||Aoyama Hiroshi||7||JPN||0||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||DNF|
|24||Baz Loris||76||FRA||0||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||DNF|
|25||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||0||AB Motoracing||Honda||DNF|
Built in 1986 and hosting its first Grand Prix one year later, the circuit of Jerez is now one of the most popular MotoGP venues and the focal point for a city fanatical about sport. Set in a slight valley in the south of Spain, Jerez is blessed with consistently… read more.
|Length||4.423 kilometres / 2.748 miles|
|Longest straight||0.607 kilometres / 0.377 miles|
|Resurfacing||Complete resurfacing before 2018 round|
Circuito de Jerez, Jerez, Spain - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m37.653s (163.0km/h) Cal Crutchlow (Honda, 2018)|
|Race Lap||1m 38.735s (161.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)|
|Race Time||41m39.678s (159.300km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)|
|2018 Race Winner||Marc Marquez (Honda)|