Jorge Lorenzo clinched his first win of the 2015 MotoGP season in the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday at the Circuito de Jerez after leading the entirety of the race to claim his 34th premier class victory.
The 27-year-old started the race from pole position after breaking the Jerez lap record in qualifying on Saturday, and went unchallenged en route to victory, crossing the line five seconds ahead of Honda’s Marc Marquez.
Despite breaking his finger in a dirt bike accident following the last race in Argentina, Marquez managed to hold on to second place throughout the race despite coming under pressure from Valentino Rossi in the final stages.
Rossi could not find a way past Marquez though, and was forced to settle for third place at the flag. However, the result did mark his 200th podium in grand prix motorcycle racing, with 164 of them coming in the premier class.
Ducati struggled to its worst result of the season in Jerez as Andrea Dovizioso crossed the line down in ninth place, having dropped to the back of the field early on after running wide twice on the same lap. His teammate, Andrea Iannone, finished sixth behind Cal Crutchlow and Pol Espargaro.
With victory on Sunday, Lorenzo sits in third place in the riders’ championship, and now trails leader Valentino Rossi by 20 points, with Dovizioso splitting the pair in second.
The MotoGP paddock reconvenes in two weeks’ time at Le Mans for the French Grand Prix, taking place on the shortened Bugatti layout of the Circuit de la Sarthe.