2017 MotoGP Jerez: The Race Results
Pedrosa rules supreme at the 2017 MotoGP Jerez!
The weekend is well past and we can talk about the 2017 MotoGP Jerez without spoiling anything for anyone. And what a race it was!
With significant temperature differences skewing practice data throughout the weekend, the 2017 MotoGP Jerez was all about tire choice. Tire degradation and slippery track surfaces proved to be a tough obstacle to overcome for almost all of the riders on the grid. Except for the Respol Honda duo of Dani Pedrosa and reigning world champion Marc Marquez. After dominating all weekend, Pedrosa managed to continue with his excellent form and rode into an easy and almost unchallenged first place.
Teammate Marquez managed to mount a small attack in the earlier stages, but eventually throttled back to settle for a comfortable second place. Despite a difficult start to the season for Honda, it was a certain Spaniard on a Ducati who surprised us most this weekend: Jorge Lorenzo managed to wrestle the Ducati Desmocedici into third place, proving that he’s more than capable with the Italian outfit as he was with Yamaha.
Talking of Yamaha, the top Yamaha was Tech 3’s Johann Zarco, who had a great ride on Sunday, but was unable to manage a podium finish. However, we’re sure that the Frenchman is happy with fourth place. Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso claimed fifth, followed by Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales in sixth.
The top ten was finished by Danilo Petrucci, Jonas Folger, and amazingly, Aleix Espargaro with his Aprilia. Where was Valentino Rossi, you ask? Well, despite a strong ride, tire degradation and front end vibration caused the Doctor to slow down dramatically. He managed to finish up in tenth place – upright, on two wheels, and with some much needed championship points too.
There was plenty of other drama too. Big crashes were suffered by Cal Crutchlow, Pol Espargaro, Tito Rabat, and Andrea Iannone – as well as a clash between Alvaro Bautista and Jack Miller, which resulted in some trackside fireworks between the two…including a push, a shove, and a cheeky little kick.
We’re looking forward to seeing what happens at Le Mans in a couple of weeks, because this Championship has been blown wide open.
The 2017 MotoGP Jerez Full Results:
1. Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 45m 26.827s
2. Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 45m 32.963s
3. Jorge Lorenzo – Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 45m 41.594s
4. Johann Zarco – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 45m 44.428s
5. Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 45m 49.740s
6. Maverick Viñales – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 45m 51.383s
7. Danilo Petrucci – Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 45m 51.786s
8. Jonas Folger – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 45m 54.548s
9. Aleix Espargaro – Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 45m 58.060s
10. Valentino Rossi – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 46m 5.509s
11. Scott Redding – Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 46m 7.806s
12. Hector Barbera – Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 46m 10.026s
13. Loris Baz – Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 46m 10.038s
14. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 46m 14.791s
15. Karel Abraham – Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP15) 46m 18.106s
16. Sam Lowes – Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 46m 35.712s
17. Takuya Tsuda – Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 46m 54.277s
Andrea Iannone – Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) DNF
Tito Rabat – Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) DNF
Cal Crutchlow – LCR Honda (RC213V) DNF
Jack Miller – Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) DNF
Alvaro Bautista – Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP16) DNF
Pol Espargaro – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) DNF