Marquez rises to occasion at MotoGP Round 4 in Jerez

  An incident-packed MotoGP Round 4 at the Jerez Circuit saw Reigning Champion Marc Marquez emerge victorious, as his rivals dropped out of the fold. It was a second consecutive win for Marquez, making the winner and his team the undisputed leaders in the Rider and Constructor Classifications.

Marquez got himself a 63rd career win and 37th in the premier class. Ducati had a race to forget as both Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo crashed out, while Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales could only manage fifth and seventh. Aside from the Ducatis crashing out, Dani Pedrosa was a victim at turn 6 on lap 18 and Cal Crutchlow.

Marquez who survived a huge slide joked about it after the race, “I was convinced before the start that I could fight for the victory today. It was a tough weekend, but we did good work, and in the end I was able to manage the race in the best way, despite the fact that I wasn’t the fastest rider out there today. The key was the rear-tyre choice; we made the decision after the warm-up to go with the medium, and that was the right move. Then I was able to take the lead at the right moment and push when I had the chance. I also had a big moment when I hit some dirt on the track.”

Lorenzo got the lead from Pedrosa, Zarco, Crutchlow and Marquez at the start. The bottom three were battling for third, with Zarco and Crutchlow soon to drop out of contention. Crutchlow would crash out, thereafter. Marquez then made his move for the top spot, and on lap 16 he would storm into the lead when he picked off Lorenzo. Pedrosa, on the other hand, was third and closing in on the Ducati fast.

Rossi hung on the mid-pack for most of the race before the riders in front of him crashed out to move him up to eighth in the first-third of the race. The Doctor allowed Danilo Petrucci through and then battled Jack Miller.

Up front, Marquez would pull away from the chasing pack. Then, the three-rider crash happened which saw Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Dovizioso all slipped in one fell swoop. Lorenzo and Pedrosa collided at an apex while trying to battle for position. Dovizioso was an innocent rider who was taken down in the mix. Zarco inherited second after the huge drame and Iannone was third, with Petrucci and Rossi next. Rossi tried to take on Petrucci earlier but couldn’t make it stick. Miller would pass Rossi on lap 20, but two laps later the nine-time champion retaliated and was digging deep to bridge the gap to the riders in front.

Marquez had a smooth sailing ride to finish tops, followed by Zarco, Iannone, Petrucci and Rossi. The top ten riders were completed by Miller, Vinales, Alvaro Bautista, Franco Morbidelli and Mika Kallio.

2018 MotoGP Round 4 Jerez results

1 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team 41’39.678
2 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +5.241
3 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI +8.214
4 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Alma Pramac +8.617
5 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha +8.743
6 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac +9.768
7 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Yamaha +13.543
8 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Angel Nieto Team +14.076
9 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Honda +16.822
10 Mika KALLIO FIN Red Bull KTM +19.405
11 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM +21.149
12 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR +21.174
13 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM +21.765
14 Tito RABAT SPA Reale Avintia +22.103
15 Scott REDDING GBR Aprilia Racing +36.755
16 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Yamaha Tech 3 +41.861

Riders standings

1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 70
2 Johann ZARCO Yamaha FRA 58
3 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha SPA 50
4 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki ITA 47
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 46
6 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 40
7 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda GBR 38
8 Jack MILLER Ducati AUS 36
9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati ITA 34
10 Tito RABAT Ducati SPA 24
11 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 18
12 Alex RINS Suzuki SPA 16
13 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda ITA 13
14 Pol ESPARGARO KTM SPA 13
15 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati SPA 12