Once Marquez took the lead in the 2018 Jerez GP, I thought that now it is going to be another boring race; Marc would score a win well ahead of the other riders. However, (luckily for me) that wasn’t the case.
Cal Crutchlow secured the pole position this weekend. He had a great opportunity to improve his position in the world championship standings, but perhaps, he pushed a bit over the line and ended up in the gravel.
Marquez had a great start, and soon he gained up positions to lead the race. He kept on increasing the gap between him and the rider behind. However, Dovizioso, who didn’t have a great start, began to push himself and reached the leading group.
We also witnessed Lorenzo getting back into his form. He rode brilliantly. His soft front tire helped him to stay in the leading group. During the second half of the race, it was Marquez, Dovizioso, Lorenzo, and Pedrosa well ahead of the other riders.
Dovi was desperate to take on Lorenzo and gain a lead, and perhaps, catch Marquez. In his quest of doing so, he went wide on a turn forcing Lorenzo to take the wide line as well. Amidst this Pedrosa, who was following the inside line, saw the gap and went for it. Lorenzo tried to return to the race line and didn’t see Pedrosa coming up from behind. Contact was made and Pedrosa was thrown off his bike, Lorenzo lost control on his, and Dovi ended up hitting his teammate’s bike. It was a Ducati Disaster.
This huge mishap allowed the riders in the middle to gain up positions. Zarco moved up into second, followed by Iannone. Petrucci finished fourth, while the Doctor crossed the line at fifth position.
Following is the race result of 2018 Jerez GP:
Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 41m 39.678s
Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 41m 44.919s
Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 41m 47.892s
Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18) 41m 48.295s
Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 41m 48.421s
Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17) 41m 49.446s
Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 41m 53.221s
Alvaro Bautista ESP Angel Nieto Team (GP17) 41m 53.754s
Franco Morbidelli ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 41m 56.500s
Mika Kallio FIN Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 41m 59.083s
Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 42m 0.827s
Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V)* 42m 0.852s
Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 42m 1.443s
Tito Rabat ESP Reale Avintia (GP17) 42m 1.781s
Scott Redding GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 42m 16.433s
Hafizh Syahrin MAL Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 42m 21.539s
Xavier Simeon ESP Reale Avintia (GP16)* 42m 28.919s
Karel Abraham CZE Angel Nieto Team (GP16) +1 lap
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP18) DNF
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18) DNF
Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) DNF
Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) DNF
Thomas Luthi SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* DNF
Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) DNF
Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) DNF