Jerez MotoGP Review

Simon Hancocks
By Simon Hancocks
HancocksToad Currently riding a Ducati Multistrada 1260S and loving it! Commutes about 20,000 miles a year and has just finished restoring the slowest Ducati ever built. Happiest when in the saddle.
Dani Pedrosa takes the win in Jerez, Rnd 4 of the MotoGP championship

Dani Pedrosa took the victory at Jerez to become the winner of the 3000th motorcycle Grand Prix race at the Spanish circuit.

The race started in perfect conditions with a Honda lock out of the front row. Pedrosa, Marquez and Crutchlow took the riders into the first corner with the fast starting Andrea Ianonne on the Suzuki joining the fray. Dani Pedrosa rode a master class at the front, constantly managing the gap to second placed Marc Marquez and never looking like he was in any danger of relinquishing the lead. The win is the first for the 31-year-old Spaniard since the San Marino Grand Prix last year and secures fourth spot in the championship, 11 points ahead of Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso. Pedrosa was understandably jubilant after the race, he had this to say.

 “It was a very nice race, I’m very happy…it wasn’t as easy as maybe it seems but I enjoyed it. At the beginning I was so focused and it was important to do a very focused race, in these kind of conditions the track wasn’t as grippy as in practice, maybe because of the temperature but I felt less grip, I was running the hard front like many riders…early I pulled a gap, then I tried to keep my pace under control. At some point Marc started to close a bit. At two or three corners the front was very critical and it was easy to make a mistake if I pushed too hard. Normally Yamaha are the favourites at this track, usually every year at least one is on the podium. So we got back some points we lost after the mistake in Argentina, and it’s more interesting for the Championship.”

 

 

2017 MotoGP World Championship Jerez

Jorge Lorenzo was back to his best in Jerez as he took his first podium for the Ducati team. Lorenzo has been struggling to find a set up for the Ducati that works for him but seemed happy with the bike today. The ‘Spartan’, as he likes to be known, celebrated his 30th birthday this weekend and, although helped by fallers ahead of him, was overjoyed with the result saying: “Best present ever, I couldn’t have a better present for my 30th birthday. It’s more than a victory and more than a victory with Yamaha.” Lorenzo sits ninth in the championship standings on 28 points.

With Pedrosa cool and calm at the front, the man to watch in the early stages was Tech3 rookie Johann Zarco. The Frenchman has in the past been given a negative press post race by some of the riders, today he was nothing short of mercurial. Helped by a softer tyre choice that inevitably saw him fall away at the end of the race, Zarco showed all of the skill and spirit that it takes to be a two time Moto2 champion. Clean but hard moves on Rossi, Crutchlow and Marquez, all within a matter of corners had the Spanish crowd on their feet. The Tech3 riders tyre choice eventually saw him slip back and finish in fourth place, you have to think though a podium this season is a certainty at some point.

 

 

Jack Miller and Alvaro Bautista crash in Rnd 4 of the MotoGP Championship race at Jerez

Front row starter Cal Crutchlow showed much promise in the early part of the race and was right up there for the top five scrap until a fall at the Criville corner saw the Brit looking deflated as his hopes of another podium and more points for the LCR Honda team lay in the gravel.

Alvaro Bautista and Jack Miller tangled shortly after causing both riders to end up in the gravel. Miller was seen to be pushing Bautista as the two moved to collect their bikes from the gravel trap! Miller later said the riders had “Worked it out” after speaking to each other in the pits. He went on to say, “Everyone was excited at the start, it’s a shame. I’m happy to go down there and work it out, it’s a bad way to end a good weekend.”

 

 

Round 4 of the MotoGP Championship Podium

2017 MotoGP Result - Jerez - Rnd 4

1 25 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 157.6 45'26.827
2 20 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 157.3 6.136
3 16 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team Ducati 156.8 14.767
4 13 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 156.6 17.601
5 11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 156.3 22.913
6 10 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 156.2 24.556
7 9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 156.2 24.959
8 8 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 156 27.721
9 7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 155.8 31.233
10 6 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 155.4 38.682
11 5 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 155.3 40.979
12 4 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 155.2 43.199
13 3 76 Loris BAZ FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 155.2 43.211
14 2 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 154.9 47.964
15 1 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 154.7 51.279
16 22 Sam LOWES GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 153.7 +1'08.885
17 12 Takuya TSUDA JPN Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 152.7 +1'27.450

 

 

2017 MotoGP Championship Standings

1 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 62
2 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha SPA 60
3 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 58
4 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 52
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 41
6 Johann ZARCO Yamaha FRA 35
7 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda GBR 29
8 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha GER 29
9 Jorge LORENZO Ducati SPA 28
10 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati ITA 26
11 Scott REDDING Ducati GBR 26
12 Jack MILLER Honda AUS 21
13 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia SPA 17
14 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati SPA 14
15 Loris BAZ Ducati FRA 12
16 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 12
17 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki ITA 9
18 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 9
19 Tito RABAT Honda SPA 8
20 Alex RINS Suzuki SPA 7
21 Bradley SMITH KTM GBR 3
22 Pol ESPARGARO KTM SPA 2
23 Sam LOWES Aprilia GBR
24 Takuya TSUDA Suzuki JPN

 

 

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