Lorenzo wins ahead of epic duel for second

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Jorge Lorenzo has closed the gap to Valentino Rossi back to only 14 points in the 2015 MotoGP championship after taking a dominant win in Motorland Aragon, while fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa helped took crucial points off Rossi in an epic battle for second.

Lorenzo was able to make an early break when front row qualifier Andrea Iannone got ahead of Marc Marquez, with the reigning world champion crashing out of second place only a few laps later while trying to hunt down Lorenzo.

That left the battle for second place as the highlight of the race, with Rossi and Pedrosa trading places numerous times on the last lap – but with Pedrosa settling any doubts about his recovery from arm pump as he held back the Yamaha rider.

The Ducati duo of Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso were a distant fourth and fifth, ahead of an impressive ride on the Suzuki from Aleix Espargaro. Cal Crutchlow was the best of the Brits in seventh, ahead of Bradley Smith, Pol Espargaro and Yonny Hernandez.

Maverick Vinales was eleventh, holding off Scott Redding and Alvaro Bautista, while Eugene Laverty was the best of the open class bikes in fourteenth, after a race-long duel for the honour with Aspar Honda teammate Nicky Hayden.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer