The Red Bull Spanish GP looked like it would be the forum for a Ducati comeback till a late crash involving both Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso with Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa took them out of the podium challenge, giving Marc Marquez a comfortable win at his home race.

While Cal Crutchlow had point at the start, it was Lorenzo who grabbed the holeshot with competition setting in from Pedrosa and Johann Zarco. Marquez stayed in the fifth spot he started on behind Crutchlow.

However, Crutchlow’s problems returned with him crashing out of the race – the competition was now a fight between the two Repsol Hondas and the Ducatis with Lorenzo still in the lead. This soon turned into a typical scene with Marquez pulling off one of his trademark overtakes as both Dovi and Pedrosa were attacking Lorenzo. Now in the lead, Marquez began to open up some space between his Honda and the three-way battle behind him. In a way, this proved lucky for him, because with only seven laps to go, there was a three way collision between the trio. In Dovizioso’s words, “I braked right on the limit because I had been trying to pass Jorge for a few laps: I went wide and made Jorge go wide a bit as well, Dani saw an opening and jumped in too quickly and in the end bad luck would have it that when they came together they also took me down with them.”

This melee saw Johann Zarco now get an unbelievable shot at trying to catch up with Marquez, while Andrea Iannone on his Suzuki Ecstar was battling to stay ahead of Petrucci and Rossi.

The race ended with Marquez sealing his mastery on Jerez, followed by Zarco and Iannone. Rossi came in fifth behind Petrucci.

Post-race Marquez made light of a scary moment when it seemed like he would have crashed out, “I also had a big moment when I hit some dirt on the track. When I realized that the asphalt was covered in gravel, it was already too late. I closed the gas, but I had a huge slide! Let’s say it was a bit of a ‘Marquez style’ show! “

2018 MotoGP Riders

Bike NoNameTeam2018 season2017 season
93Marc MarquezRepsol Honda271298
4Andrea DoviziosoDucati194261
46Valentino RossiMovistar Yamaha172208
25Maverick ViñalesMovistar Yamaha146230
99Jorge LorenzoDucati130137
35Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda128112
9Danilo PetrucciAlma Pramac126124
5Johann ZarcoMonster Yamaha Tech3123174
29Andrea IannoneSuzuki Ecstar11370
42Alex RinsSuzuki Ecstar10259
26Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda87210
43Jack MillerAlma Pramac7482
19Alvaro BautistaAngel Nieto7275
53Tito RabatReale Avintia3535
21Franco MorbidelliEG 0,0 Marc VDS33 
41Aleix EspargaroAprilia3262
44Pol EspargaroRed Bull KTM3255
55Hafizh SyahrinMonster Yamaha Tech328 
38Bradley SmithRed Bull KTM1929
30Takaaki NakagamiLCR Honda18 
45Scott ReddingAprilia1264
36Mika KallioRed Bull KTM6
17Karel AbrahamAngel Nieto532
51Michele PirroDucati Test team1
12Thomas LuthiEG 0,0 Marc VDS0 
10Xavier SimeonReale Avintia0 

2018 MotoGP Teams

Team2018 season2017 season
Repsol Honda358508
Ducati324398
Movistar Yamaha318438
Suzuki Ecstar215130
Alma Pramac200188
Monster Yamaha Tech3151258
LCR Honda146112
Angel Nieto77107
Red Bull KTM5184
Aprilia4467
Reale Avintia3573
EG 0,0 Marc VDS33117

2018 MotoGP Races

LocationDateFirstSecondThird
Japan21-Oct   
Thailand7-OctMarc MarquezAndrea DoviziosoMaverick Viñales
Spain (Aragon)23-SepMarc MarquezAndrea DoviziosoAndrea Iannone
Italy9-SepAndrea DoviziosoMarc MarquezCal Crutchlow
Britain26-Aug   
Austria12-AugJorge LorenzoMarc MarquezAndrea Dovizioso
Czech Republic5-AugAndrea DoviziosoJorge LorenzoMarc Marquez
Germany15-JulMarc MarquezValentino RossiMaverick Viñales
Netherlands1-JulMarc MarquezAlex RinsMaverick Viñales
Spain (Catalunya)17-JunJorge LorenzoMarc MarquezValentino Rossi
Italy3-JunJorge LorenzoAndrea DoviziosoValentino Rossi
France20-MayMarc MarquezDanilo PetrucciValentino Rossi
Spain (Jerez)6-MayMarc MarquezJohann ZarcoAndrea Iannone
United States22-AprMarc MarquezMaverick ViñalesAndrea Iannone
Argentina8-AprCal CrutchlowJohann ZarcoAlex Rins
Qatar18-MarAndrea DoviziosoMarc MarquezValentino Rossi
Australia28-Oct   
Malaysia4-Nov   
Spain (Valencia)18-Nov   

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