MotoGP 2017 – Round Four – Jerez
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Jorge Lorenzo tastes podium success with Ducati at Jerez overnight

 

Jorge Lorenzo scored his first podium for Ducati with a third place finish in the Spanish Grand Prix which was held overnight at Jerez de la Frontera.

The rider from Mallorca, who started from row 3 after qualifying eighth on Saturday, produced an excellent race, moving up from eighth to fourth in the first six laps. Lorenzo then passed Zarco on lap 12 and continued to increase his lead over the French rider, crossing the line with around three seconds’ advantage.

With today’s third place for Lorenzo, the Ducati Team has reached a total of 100 podiums in MotoGP, while after a troubled start to the season Lorenzo moves up to ninth in the championship standings with 28 points.

MotoGP will be back in action again in a couple of weeks time, at the Le Mans circuit in France from 19 to 21 May.

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team #99) – 3rd

“A podium here at Jerez, in front of all my fans and after three complicated races, is the best present I could receive for my thirtieth birthday. It’s a result that gives me more satisfaction than many wins I scored in the past, because it was very difficult to achieve.

“To finish third on a Ducati at a traditionally difficult circuit for the Desmosedici is incredible! Honestly, I didn’t expect to be able to fight for the podium, and the choice of front tyre was the key.

“The start was a bit chaotic because of the number of riders ahead of me but I didn’t give up so easily and believed that I could recover to overtake Zarco and finish third. The last few months have been tough, but the most important thing is that I’ve always believed in myself and that the team has shown its full trust in me.”

Luigi Dall’Igna (Ducati Corse General Manager)

“Today we did a great job: for us to score a podium here at Jerez was very important. We know we still have a lot of hard work to do, and already from tomorrow here at Jerez we’ll be testing the developments we have prepared, because the gap to the winner is still quite big and of course we want to make up this gap. Jorge did a great race, fully deserving his first podium for Ducati and Andrea was also good, moving up to fifth place: this result is very important for the morale of all of us.”


Dani Pedrosa victorious on home soil

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) had taken an impervious victory in his home Gran Premio Red Bull de España, storming away from his first pole position since Sepang 2015 and never looking back.

The MotoGP race in Jerez was race number 3000 in the World Championship and one of the riders equal third on all-time podiums proved a fitting winner.

Reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) made inroads in the points battle in second, ahead of a stunning home ride from another five-time World Champion – Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team), sharing the podium with Pedrosa to keep the parity at 146 rostrum finishes apiece for the former nemesis.


MotoGP 2017 – Round Four – Jerez Race Results
  1. PEDROSA  Dani 26 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team 45’26.827
  2. MARQUEZ  Marc 93 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team 6.136
  3. LORENZO  Jorge 99 SPA 16 Ducati Team 14.767
  4. ZARCO  Johann 5 FRA 13 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 17.601
  5. DOVIZIOSO  Andrea 4 ITA 11 Ducati Team 22.913
  6. VINALES  Maverick 25 SPA 10 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 24.556
  7. PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 9 Octo Pramac Racing 24.959
  8. FOLGER  Jonas 94 GER 8 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 27.721
  9. ESPARGARO  Aleix 41 SPA 7 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 31.233
  10. ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 6 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 38.682
  11. REDDING Scott 45 GBR 5 Octo Pramac Racing 40.979
  12. BARBERA  Hector 8 SPA 4 Reale Avintia Racing 43.199
  13. BAZ Loris 76 FRA 3 Reale Avintia Racing 43.211
  14. SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 2 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 47.964
  15. ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE 1 Pull&Bear Aspar Team 51.279
  16. LOWES Sam 22 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’08.885
  17. TSUDA Takuya 22 JPN 0 Suzuki Test Team 1’27.450
  18. IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar 18 (laps)
  19. RABAT Tito 53 SPA 0 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 18 (laps)
  20. CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 0 LCR Honda 22 (laps)
  21. MILLER Jack 43 AUS 0 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 22 (laps)
  22. BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Pull&Bear Aspar Team 22 (laps)
  23. ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 22 (laps)
MotoGP 2017 – MotoGP Championship Points Standings after Round Four at Jerez
  1. ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 62 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
  2. VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 60 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
  3. MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 58 Repsol Honda Team
  4. PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA 52 Repsol Honda Team
  5. DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 41 Ducati Team
  6. ZARCO Johann 5 FRA 35 Monster Yamaha Tech 3
  7. CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 29 LCR Honda
  8. FOLGER Jonas 94 GER 29 Monster Yamaha Tech 3
  9. LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 28 Ducati Team
  10. PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 26 Octo Pramac Racing
  11. REDDING Scott 45 GBR 26 Octo Pramac Racing
  12. MILLER Jack 43 AUS 21 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS
  13. ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 17 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
  14. BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA 14 Pull&Bear Aspar Team
  15. BAZ Loris 76 FRA 12 Reale Avintia Racing
  16. BARBERA Hector 8 SPA 12 Reale Avintia Racing
  17. IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 9 Team Suzuki Ecstar
  18. ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE 9 Pull&Bear Aspar Team
  19. RABAT Tito 53 SPA 8 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS
  20. RINS Alex 42 SPA 7 Team Suzuki Ecstar
  21. SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 3 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
  22. ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 2 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing