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Regardless if you are jazzed over the Formula 1 battle between Lewis Hamilton and his teammate and closest rival, Nico Rosberg, you can’t blame MotoGP for not trying to provide you with a more interesting championship in which three riders across two different teams are vying to for the title.

Veteran Valentino Rossi headed into this week’s Spanish Grand Prix with two wins under his belt and new lease on an already epic MotoGP career. While he didn’t win on Sunday, he did manage to score his 200th podium finish and still leads the championship in points.

His teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, did claim victory and opened his bank account on this year’s championship closing the points gap and controlling the race from pole position to checkered flag.

Unable to answer was Honda’s Marc Marquez who finished second with an injured finger. The Spaniard did manage to claw some points back after a DNF in the last race and closed the gap to second place as Ducati rider, Andrea Dovizioso, ran wide on the first lap putting him in the back of the grid struggling to recover to ninth. It was a tough weekend for the Ducati team.

Honorable mentions to Cal Crutchlow for a nice finish in 4th on his LCR Honda and to Andrea Iannone for at least giving Ducati a 6th place finish just behind Pol Espargaro.

Results

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 44m57.246s
2 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 5.576s
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 11.586s
4 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 22.727s
5 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 26.620s
6 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 27.021s
7 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 35.445s
8 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 36.296s
9 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 41.933s
10 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 51.072s
11 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 51.674s
12 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 52.421s
13 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 53.052s
14 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 53.200s
15 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 57.344s
16 Stefan Bradl Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 59.018s
17 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m01.506s
18 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1m03.163s
19 Marco Melandri Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m06.895s
20 Jack Miller LCR Honda 1m14.182s
21 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 1m26.832s
22 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1 Lap
Hiroshi Aoyama Honda Honda Retirement
Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward Retirement
Karel Abraham AB Motoracing Honda Retirement

POINTS

Pos Rider Points
1 Valentino Rossi 82
2 Andrea Dovizioso 67
3 Jorge Lorenzo 62
4 Marc Marquez 56
5 Andrea Iannone 50
6 Cal Crutchlow 47
7 Bradley Smith 36
8 Aleix Espargaro 31
9 Pol Espargaro 26
10 Maverick Vinales 20
11 Danilo Petrucci 19
12 Scott Redding 13
13 Yonny Hernandez 12
14 Daniel Pedrosa 10
15 Hector Barbera 10
16 Jack Miller 6
17 Hiroshi Aoyama 5
18 Nicky Hayden 3
19 Loris Baz 2
20 Alvaro Bautista 2
21 Stefan Bradl 1
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An F1 fan since 1972, NC has spent over 25 years in the technology industry focusing on technology integration, AV systems integration, digital media strategies, technology planning, consulting, speaking, presenting, sales, content strategy, marketing and brand building.