Crutchlow sets track record at Jerez to take Spanish GP pole

Maverick Vinales leads Rossi and Dovizioso in Argentina- Image by AJRN

Maverick Vinales leads Rossi and Dovizioso in Argentina- Image by AJRN

By lap eight, however, Lorenzo's defensive resolve weakened, and he finally ceded the lead to Marquez - while, right behind them, Dovizioso worked his way past Pedrosa.

Four-times world champion Marquez, who started the race from fifth place and took the lead with 16 laps to go, now has 70 points after four races to Zarco's 58.

Five laps later Marquez made his move into the lead with a classic charge up the inside at Lorenzo's self-titled final corner at Jerez to power ahead at the start of lap nine.

"I started from the second row but I was clever to overtake the other riders in the beginning", the Spanish rider said, adding, "It was almost impossible to overtake Lorenzo".

Rin's crash in the sixth was the third for the season closely followed by Suzuki rider Crutchlow, quickley diminishing his dream of being the first British rider to win a class race from pole position in over 30 years.

Lorenzo had a ideal start, moving from fourth to lead the race ahead of Cal Crutchlow, who had clinched the pole position, Pedrosa and Zarco. Fortunately, all three walked away from the crash safely.

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Second went to Johann Zarco on the Tech3 Yamaha, third went to Andrea Iannone on the factory Suzuki. Zarco is now the closest rival to Marquez in the championship with 58 points.

"Sometimes you need a little luck and today I got some", said the Frenchman. The 2017 race victor Dani Pedrosa had the second best time ahead of Johann Zarco and Jorge Lorenzo. Dovizioso dropped to fifth overall with 46. He, however, reached another milestone when he completed the circumference of the planet in race kilometres.

The Italian has covered 40,075km since his debut at the 1996 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Australian rider Jack Miller finished six and was the first Ducati rider to cross the finish line.

Along with the aforementioned trio, and Luthi, erstwhile polesitter Crutchlow slid out of fourth spot at Turn 1, while Alex Rins crashed in the final sector, throwing away fifth.

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