Shock finish to MotoGP Jerez
ALL SMILES... UNTIL THE RACE: Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez before the 2013 MotoGP that ended with a collision between them almost on the line. Image: AFP
Joint championship leaders Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa making up an all-Spanish front row, 111 000 spectators - and the fight was on from the start for the 2013 Spanish MotoGP. And ended with a real one...
Eventually it was Pedrosa (Honda) who came through to win but in the last few metres there was a collision between Marquez and Lorenzo that changed the whole face of the race. Find out how...
LORENZO IN CONTROL
It was Jorge Lorenzo from the start, his Yamaha followed by the Hondas of Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez (Honda), with Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) in fourth but there was no chance things were going to stay that way and place-swopping started almost immediately.
Remember, only 0.4sec covered the first three in qualifying though Lorenzo seemed to be in control through testing as well.
Lorenzo and Pedrosa began to open up a substantial gap from Marquez and Rossi with Cal Crutchlow filling fifth spot with a semi-rabid Spanish crowd of 111 000 howling from the stands.
With 21 laps of 27 to go the order was Pedrosa, Lorenzo and Marquez with Rossi and Crutchlow still riding shotgun with 0.3sec covering the first three. Already three riders were down, and out, on what they complained was a greasy track - Andrea Iannone (Ducati), Randy de Puniet (ART) and Stefan Bradl's races were run.
With 17 laps to go, Pedrosa was still comfortably leading but the race now was between Alvaro Bautista (Honda) and Crutchlow with the former almost touching the other's rear tyre. It couldn't last and Bautista went through into fifth and by halfway the order was the same but with Pedrosa three seconds clear of Lorenzo. Who was holding what back...?
That was Marquez - and his move came within metres of the flag.
The real battle, as the track got even hotter, was still for fifth between Crutchlow and Bautista who were swopping places lap by lap but we guess the crowd was rooting for the Spanish rookie, Marquez, as he held position in third and llapping in almost exactly the same times as Lorenzo.
LORENZO RAN WIDE
With five to go there was no change in the order but Marquez, still third, was closing slowly on Lorenzo. And by three to go Pedrosa was looking a certainty for the race winner with Lorenzo and Marquez about to make it an all-Spanish finish again.
Then, in the very last few metres, Marquez and Lorenzo collided, a furious Lorenzo running wide to finish third instead of the second he had held for so long in the race.
Result from the 2013 Spanish MotoGP
1 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 45min17.632
2 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 45min20.119
3 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 45min22.721
4 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 45min26.546
5 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha 45min30.295
6 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 45min32.726
7 Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati 45min43.264
8 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 45min59.513
9 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Aprilia 46min01.444
10 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 46min02.093
11 Michele Pirro (Italy) BCL 46min03.606
12 Hector Barbera (Spain) FTR 46min17.491
13 Michael Laverty (Britain) Aprilia 46min27.375
14 Danilo Petrucci (Italy) Ioda 46min35.445
15 Colin Edwards (US) FTR 46:35.809
Standings after the 2013 Spanish MotoGP
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 61
2 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 58
3 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 57
4 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 43
5 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha 35
6 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 28
7 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 26
8 Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati 24
9 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Aprilia 17
10 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 13
11 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 11
12 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 10
13 Ben Spies (US) Ducati 9
14 Hector Barbera (Spain) FTR 7
15 Randy de Puniet (France) Aprilia 6
Result from the 2013 Spanish Motorcycling GP Moto3 race
1 Maverick Vinales (Spain) KTM 26min57.338
2 Luis Salom (Spain) KTM 26min57.601
3 Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex 27min01.813
4 Brad Binder (South Africa) Suter 27min12.442
5 Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic) Kalex 27min15.750
6 Niklas Ajo (Finland) KTM 27min16.402
7 Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Malaysia) KTM 27min16.542
8 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Mahindra 27min17.018
9 Romano Fenati (Italy) FTR 27min20.101
10 Alexis Masbou (France) FTR 27min20.476
11 John McPhee (Britain) FTR 27min20.527
12 Arthur Sissis (Australia) KTM 27min21.134
13 Danny Webb (Britain) Suter 27min25.235
14 Jasper Iwema (Netherlands) Kalex 27min26.924
15 Livio Loi (Belgium) Kalex 27min27.114