Rossi takes stunning win in Jerez

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Valentino Rossi has taken a stunning victory over Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez in Jerez, controlling the entire race from start to finish to eventually take the win by five seconds, in one of his most dominant performances in years.

Benefitting from pole position to lead into the opening turn, Rossi soon left Marquez and Lorenzo to scrap for second, until a handful of minor mistakes from Marquez – and the attentions of teammate Pedrosa in fourth – let Lorenzo get clear.

Aleix Espargaró was fifth, finishing ahead of his Suzuki teammate Viñales for the first time this year. Andrea Iannone made it through to seventh, taking over for teammate Dvizioso, who was again struck with bad luck and retired from the race.

Pol Espargaró was best satellite in eighth, while Eugene Laverty once again rode a faultless race to ninth and best Brit, just ahead of fellow Ducati rider Hector Barbera.

Cal Crutchlow was 11th, a second ahead of Bradley Smith, while Scott Redding was 19th and last after gambling with a soft rear tyre.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer