Jorge Lorenzo has claimed his first win of the 2014 Moto GP season after a rain shower caused chaos in the final few stages of today’s race at Motorland Aragon.
Championship leader Marc Marquez had looked poised to extend his advantage at the top of the standings after securing pole position yesterday, only for a decision to see out the weather on slick tires to backfire and leave him down in 13th position come the end of the race.
Marquez made a good start to lead at the end of the first lap ahead of Lorenzo, but Misano winner Valentino Rossi saw his race come to an early end after a crash that left him needing a visit to the medical centre. The circuit doctors confirmed that he was concussed, prompting them to transfer him to the local hospital for further tests where he is still under observation.
Andrea Iannone did threaten Marquez’s lead early on, but he too crashed out on the Ducati, leaving the Spaniard to tussle with compatriot Jorge Lorenzo at the front.
When rain began to fall, Dani Pedrosa made the most of the conditions to catch Honda teammate Marquez and Lorenzo to move into the lead of the race. As he fought with Marquez, Lorenzo pitted for a wet bike, dropping him back down to third.
As conditions worsened, the Honda riders tried to stick it out, only for both to fall in the final few laps of the race. By the time they had pitted for wet bikes, the damage was done, leaving them both outside of the top ten.
Lorenzo capitalized to claim his first win of the 2014 season ahead of Aleix Espargaro and British rider Cal Crutchlow, who in third secured his best result of the season so far.
In his first race in over two months, American racer Nicky Hayden impressed to finish ninth on his Aspar Honda.
Despite today’s setback, Marquez will be crowned world champion at the next race in Japan if he manages to outscore both Pedrosa and Lorenzo.