MotoGP Jerez Results 2018

Today’s Red Bull Grand Prix de España served as a vivid reminder that in the premier class of MotoGP there is Marc Marquez, and then there are a bunch of other riders. We are clearly living in the heart of The Marquez Era in MotoGP, which appears likely to extend into the future as far as the eye can see. With the best rider in our generation astride the best bike on the grid, in mid-career, an air of inevitability has settled over the 2018 championship.

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Marc Marquez has now won 37 of 94 MotoGP class races. That’s a 39.4% win percentage.

Practice and Qualifying
Let me get one thing off my chest up front: Dorna goes out of its way to get us geeked up about qualifying as if it makes a particle of difference in the outcome of the race. The announcers were getting all breathless on Saturday afternoon at the prospect of Marquez having to start from all the way back in the middle of the second row. Piffle. Practice and qualifying are great fun to watch and occasionally instructive, but their predictive value is slight.

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Cal Crutchlow set a new lap record to capture the pole position.

Briefly, then, free practice sessions on Friday and Saturday morning separated the goats from the lambs, with big names like Andrea Dovizioso, Maverick Viñales and Espargaro (x2) relegated to the prelims. #04 and #25 both made it through to Q2, Viñales by the skin of his teeth over Aleix, before getting ground up by the likes of Cal Crutchlow, who managed to set a new track record while taking pole. The Repsol Hondas had the pace and were loving the building heat. Johann Zarco pulled a late fast lap out of the back of his leathers for his eighth front row start “on the trot.” Even sad Jorge Lorenzo found his way to the top of the Row 2 (and the holeshot on Sunday) as his second consecutive epic fail of a season continued to unfold.
A Defining Moment for 2018

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Jorge Lorenzo jumped out to an early lead from the start.

At the start, a five-man lead group materialized, consisting of Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, Zarco, Crutchlow and Marquez. Lorenzo, clearly wishing to lead any race whatsoever for at least one lap, was running soft tires front and back, the other contenders in various combinations of hards and mediums. By Lap 4 we found Lorenzo leading Marquez and Pedrosa, with Crutchlow lurking on the LCR Honda, Alex Rins’ Suzuki busy pedaling hard, and Dovizioso staying in touch. Zarco was the leader of a gaggle of miserable Yamahas, who suffered in the dry heat all weekend and are not competitive, as a brand, in 2018.
Marquez dispatched Lorenzo at the Jorge Lorenzo Corner – lol – on Lap 8 after Rins had left the building on Lap 6, joined in the kitty litter by my boy Cal Crutchlow minutes later. Marquez spent most of the next dozen laps not getting away, reminding me of a cat toying with an entire family of mice. During this period the most interesting sight occurred at the turn (11?) where Tom Luthi had crashed out on Lap 12, covering the track in gravel. Marquez, leading the race moments later, suddenly found himself at virtually full lean, 270 hp screaming beneath him, riding on marbles. Most normal riders would have hit the deck at this point; Marquez appeared to shake it off as he would a hangnail.
The big Lap 20 crash involving Pedrosa, Lorenzo and Dovizioso appeared to be no one’s fault, simply a racing incident, albeit a spectacular one. I remember watching Jorge Lorenzo gather some big air at Shanghai in 2008; Dani Pedrosa, whose condition heading to Le Mans in two weeks is unknown at deadline, will remember today’s crash for a long time.

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It’s a rare situation when three big-name riders such as Andrea Dovizioso, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa are all involved in the same crash. Pedrosa looked to get the worst of it, but all three appeared to escape serious injury.

Jorge Lorenzo demonstrated again today his essential selfish nature, happily sitting second, gripping his six (6) points for the season fiercely, blocking teammate Andrea Dovizioso and his series-leading 46 points as Marquez was busy vanishing into the ether. Lorenzo was at the heart of today’s Lap 20 fustercluck, his teammate pushing desperately to get through, causing both riders to run wide at Dry Sack, opening the door for Pedrosa on the inside as the Ducatis veered back onto the racing line without Lorenzo having noticed Dani to his right. Boom. (Up until that point, I found myself watching for the hilarious MAPPING 8 signal from his garage indicating he should yield to Dovi. As we saw last year in Sepang, even if team orders are in place, Lorenzo is generally not one to acknowledge them. How his crew fits both Jorge and his ego into a single set of leathers is a headscratcher.)
With five laps to go, Marquez suddenly had clear sailing, while two of his closest competitors – Crutchlow and Dovizioso – were sitting out of the points and teammate Pedrosa was headed to the medical centre, next door to the medical center. Crashes like this (and the reliability of Cal crashing out unassisted) often cause a number of lower tranche riders to secure promotions they don’t necessarily deserve. Thus we find Andrea Iannone on the podium, Danilo Petrucci earning 13 points, and the increasingly less relevant Valentino Rossi (one win in his last 32 starts) accruing 11 points on a day he should have been wallering in single figures.

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That’s back-to-back third place finishes for Andrea Iannone and Suzuki.

The Big Picture
See the season standings below. 2018 is now officially Marc Marquez’ season to lose. With the season less than 20% over, his 12-point lead over Zarco’s satellite Yamaha would easily be 37 were it not for the mess in Argentina. As was the case in Austin, the 2018 chase now appears to be for second place – I am awarding the 2018 title to #93, similar to watching election night results coming in and having CNN call a contest two minutes after the polls close. Thank goodness Crutchlow finds the idea of copping to his own shortcomings distasteful or there wouldn’t be anything to laugh about. Next thing you know he’ll be gloating about Hillary.

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What do you mean the popular vote doesn’t matter?

Go Tranche Yourself
Tranche 1: Marquez, Zarco, Dovizioso
Tranche 2: Viñales, Rossi, Crutchlow, Pedrosa, Miller
Tranche 3: Iannone, Rins, Rabat, A Espargaro, Petrucci
Tranche 4: P Espargaro, Lorenzo, Nakagami, Morbidelli, Syahrin, Bautista, (Kallio)
Tranche 5: Smith, Abraham, Luthi, Redding, Simeon

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Andrea Iannone was rewarded with a kiss from the Michelin Man. We’re guessing he prefers his girlfriend, model Belén Rodríguez.

Some Random Schvitzing
As some of you are aware, I’ve been having health issues of late that have temporarily lowered my IQ. Not possible, you say. Not enough oxygen getting to my brain, I say. Thus, my usually succinct post-race analysis must yield to the following random rants.
The crash on Lap 20, at the awkwardly named Dry Sack Corner, highlights the subtle irony to be found in Spanish humor. To wit, if one finds one’s motorcycle traveling upside down and backwards at speed, as Dani Pedrosa did today, one will likely be sporting anything but a dry sack. Even one or two such occurrences during a racing season tend to render one’s title chase problematic.

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Aleix Espargaro’s race ended early due to a loose screw on a pneumatic circuit of his Aprilia RS-GP.

Marquez kept his premier class record at Jerez intact, having never been off the podium in six outings. Andrea Dovizioso maintained his equally pristine string here, having never once appeared on the podium in 11 premier class appearances dating back to 2008.
Is it just me, or did Cal Crutchlow’s brolly girl today bear a surprising resemblance to Cruella de Ville?

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It must be the teeth.

If this is going to be any kind of season at all, Johann Zarco needs to post his first premier class win at Le Mans in two weeks. Just sayin’.
Postscript: Earlier this year Jorge (Aspar) Martinez took it upon himself to re-brand his Aspar racing team as Team Angel Nieto in honor of the Spanish grand prix legend who passed away early this year. Prior to the race this weekend, the Circuito de Jerez followed suit, to be known henceforth as the Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto. In an effort to get in line with current trends in MotoGP I have decided to rename my lunchbox, which shall be referred to from now on as Lonchera Angel Nieto. If you spy me stuffing my face outside the Carmel Public Library on a shaded summer afternoon, rest assured my victuals have arrived respectfully.

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After four rounds, Marc Marquez leads the championship with 70 points while Tech3’s Johann Zarco sits second with 58.

2018 MotoGP Jerez Results

Pos.
Rider
Team
Time

1
Marc Marquez
Repsol Honda
41:39.678

2
Johann Zarco
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
+5.241

3
Andrea Iannone
Suzuki Ecstar
+8.214

4
Danilo Petrucci
Alma Pramac Ducati
+8.617

5
Valentino Rossi
Movistar Yamaha
+8.743

6
Jack Miller
Alma Pramac Ducati
+9.768

7
Maverick Viñales
Movistar Yamaha
+13.543

8
Alvaro Bautista
Angel Nieto Ducati
+14.076

9
Franco Morbidelli
Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
+16.822

10
Mika Kallio
Red Bull KTM
+19.405

11
Pol Espargaro
Red Bull KTM
+21.149

12
Takaaki Nakagami
LCR Honda Idemitsu
+21.174

13
Bradley Smith
Red Bull KTM
+21.765

14
Tito Rabat
Reale Avintia Ducati
+22.103

15
Scott Redding
Aprilia Gresini
+36.755

16
Hafizh Syahrin
Monster Yamaha Tech3
+41.861

17
Xavier Simeon
Reale Avintia Ducati
+49.241

18
Karel Abraham
Angel Nieto Ducati
+1 Lap

Not Classified

DNF
Jorge Lorenzo
Ducati Corse
8 Laps

DNF
Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati Corse
8 Laps

DNF
Dani Pedrosa
Repsol Honda
8 Laps

DNF
Cal Crutchlow
LCR Honda Castrol
9 Laps

DNF
Thomas Luthi
Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
14 Laps

DNF
Alex Rins
Suzuki Ecstar
20 Laps

DNF
Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia Gresini

2018 MotoGP Top 10 Standings After 4 Rounds

Pos.
Rider
Motorcycle
Points

1
Marc Marquez
Repsol Honda
70

2
Johann Zarco
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
58

3
Maverick Viñales
Movistar Yamaha
50

4
Andrea Iannone
Suzuki Ecstar
47

5
Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati Corse
46

6
Valentino Rossi
Movistar Yamaha
40

7
Cal Crutchlow
LCR Honda Castrol
38

8
Jack Miller
Alma Pramac Ducati
36

9
Danilo Petrucci
Alma Pramac Ducati
34

10
Tito Rabat
Reale Avintia Ducati
24

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