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Zarco on his Tech3 Yamaha secured a podium finish as a result of the Ducati Disaster

2018 Jerez GP turned out to be unlucky for the Ducati riders – Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso – as they ended up in the gravel during the final laps of the race. Dani Pedrosa also got caught up in the fiasco.

Before the Jerez GP, it was Dovizioso leading the 2018 MotoGP world championship standings. Marquez was only a single point behind. But due to Dovi’s crash at Jerez, he lost crucial points. Marquez won and got a lead of 24 points from Dovi.

Lorenzo was also involved in the Ducati Disaster. He was riding brilliantly this weekend. It was as if the ‘old’ Lorenzo was back at the track. Unfortunately, he couldn’t finish.

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These guys really put up a great show and made the otherwise boring Jerez GP interesting (not by crashing).

Dani Pedrosa already had a highside crash in the Argentina GP. He broke his wrist and had a surgery. Even then, he raced in the Austin GP and got a respectable win. At Jerez, he was met with a crash, once again getting a highside. Fortunately, he walked away from it unhurt.

The Ducati Disaster allowed other riders to gain points and move up the ladder in the overall standings.

Current 2018 MotoGP world championship after Jerez GP is as follows:

Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) 70 points
Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 58 points (-12)
Maverick Viñales SPA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 50 points (-20)
Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 47 points (-23)
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18) 46 points (-24)
Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 40 points (-30)
Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 38 points (-32)
Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17) 36 points (-34)
Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18) 34 points (-36)
Tito Rabat SPA Reale Avintia (GP17) 24 points (-46)
Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) 18 points (-52)
Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 16 points (-54)
Franco Morbidelli ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 13 points (-57)
Pol Espargaro SPA Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 13 points (-57)
Alvaro Bautista SPA Angel Nieto Team (GP17) 12 points (-58)
Hafizh Syahrin MAL Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 9 points (-61)
Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V)* 9 points (-61)
Aleix Espargaro SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 6 points (-64)
Mika Kallio FIN Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 6 points (-64)
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Ducati Team (GP18) 6 points (-64)
Scott Redding GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 5 points (-65)
Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 3 points (-67)
Karel Abraham CZE Angel Nieto Team (GP16) 1 points (-69)

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