ARAGON, Spain - Rain, crashes, playing chicken - but the result from Sunday's 2014 Aragon MotoGP in Spain was a surprise win by Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo after rain soaked the final few laps of the race.
The Hondas of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa had dominated almost from the start but then light, eventually heavy, rain started to fall and while Lorenzo did the smart thing and pitted for a wet-tyred bike the Honda riders stayed out.
DOWN, DOWN, DOWN...
Whether they were playing chicken - 'I'm not going in before you go in' - as they lapped almost alongside each other and occasionally swopped places might never be known but the gamble failed.
First Pedrosa, then Marquez went down, each remounting and rejoining, but the damage was done and they eventually finished 13th and 14th.
Reuters TIM HANLON reports further:
Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo won a rain-hit and crash-strewn 2014 Aragon MotoGP for Yamaha on Sunday while Honda's MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez fell for the second race in a row.
The two Spaniards swopped the lead until three laps from the end when reigning champion Marquez, chasing a record-equalling 12th win of the season, crashed after choosing not to change to a wet set-up as rain began to fall.
Lorenzo had already pitted and the victory was his first of the year, with compatriot Aleix Espargaro finishing second on a non-works Yamaha after holding off Ducati's Cal Crutchlow by 0.017sec.
It was Yamaha's second successive win in a season Honda had seemed set to dominate completely.
MARQUEZ STILL CLEAR LEADER
Marquez, who also crashed in San Marino and had the Aragon race started on pole, rejoined the race and finished 13th and ahead of Repsol Honda team mate and title rival Dani Pedrosa, who also fell on the slippery surface.
The 21-year-old champion now has 292 points to Pedrosa's 217 with Rossi on 214 and four races remaining.
Italian Valentino Rossi, winner of his home race at Misano, crashed after four laps and was carried off on a stretcher for medical checks although he was able to stand and did not appear too seriously hurt.
Others fallers were Italians Andrea Dovizioso and early leader Andrea Iannone.
Here's how it ended...
Result from the 2014 Aragon MotoGP
1 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 44min20.406
2 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 44min30.701
3 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Ducati 44min30.718
4 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 44min32.124
5 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 44min49.889
6 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 44min50.092
7 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 44min50.169
8 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda 44min58.247
9 Nicky Hayden (US) Honda 45min03.363
10 Scott Redding (Britain) Honda 45min14.343
11 Danilo Petrucci (Italy) ART 45min20.230
12 Alex de Angelis (San Marino) Yamaha 45min21.124
13 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 45min35.633
14 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 45min44.932
15 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati 45min58.661
Standings after the 2014 Aragon MotoGP
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda - 292
2 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda - 217
3 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha - 214
4 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha - 202
5 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati - 142
6 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha - 112
7 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha - 108
8 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati - 92
9 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda - 87
10 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha - 85
11 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda - 73
12 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Ducati - 63
13 Scott Redding (Britain) Honda - 60
14 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda - 51
15 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati – 39
Result from 2014 Aragon Moto2
1 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Kalex 40min16.321
2 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 40min17.606
3 Johann Zarco (France) Caterham Suter 40min21.197
4 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 40min21.354
5 Franco Morbidelli (Italy) Kalex 40min22.281
6 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter 40min22.726
7 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 40min22.846
8 Jordi Torres (Spain) Suter 40min33.634
9 Sam Lowes (Britain) Speed up 40min34.469
10 Marcel Schroetter (Germany) Tech 3 40min36.014
Points after 2014 Aragon Moto2
1 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex - 278
2 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex - 245
3 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Kalex - 204
4 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter - 143
5 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter - 116
6 Johann Zarco (France) Caterham Suter - 104
7 Simone Corsi (Italy) Kalex - 100
8 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex - 66
9 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Kalex - 66
10 Anthony West (Australia) Speed up - 65
2014 Aragon Moto3 result
1 Romano Fenati (Italy) KTM 40min52.209
2 Alex Marquez (Spain) Honda 40min52.266
3 Danny Kent (Britain) Husqvarna 40min52.492
4 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda 41min03.840
5 Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic) KTM 41min10.591
6 Enea Bastianini (Italy) KTM 41min11.468
7 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Mahindra 41min15.915
8 Brad Binder (South Africa) Mahindra 41min16.982
9 Niccolo Antonelli (Italy) KTM 41min29.232
10 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda 41min31.253
11 Hiroki Ono (Japan) Honda 41min31.793
12 Isaac Vinales (Spain) KTM 41min54.224
13 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda 41min54.270
14 Jules Danilo (France) Mahindra 41min54.447
15 Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Malaysia) Honda 41min57.477
Moto3 points after the 2014 Aragon GP
1 Alex Marquez (Spain) Honda - 206
2 Jack Miller (Australia) KTM - 195
3 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda - 188
4 Romano Fenati (Italy) KTM - 165
5 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda - 154
6 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda - 140
7 Isaac Vinales (Spain) KTM - 116
8 Enea Bastianini (Italy) KTM - 108
9 Danny Kent (Britain) Husqvarna - 93
10 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Mahindra - 93
11 Brad Binder (South Africa) Mahindra - 85
12 Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic) KTM - 78
13 John McPhee (Britain) Honda - 53
14 Niklas Ajo (Finland) Husqvarna - 45
15 Francesco Bagnaia (Italy) KTM - 42