Lorenzo takes maiden season victory at home

BY CHARL BOSCH - SEPTEMBER 29, 2014

Local hero, Jorge Lorenzo, claimed his first MotoGP victory of the year in a chaotic rain affected race at the Motorland Aragon in Spain on Sunday, after yet another crash prevented championship leader and reigning champion, Marc Marquez, from taking his twelfth victory in this year’s championship.

Starting from seventh on the grid, the factory Yamaha rider’s decision to change bikes with four laps to go while lying third, proved pivotal as both Repsol Honda’s of leader Dani Pedrosa and second place man Marquez, elected to continue on slick tyres.

It turned out to be a decision that the team would rue a lap later as first Pedrosa went down at turn one, and Marquez at the following corner, the second in a row for latter after crashing at the previous round in San Marino while chasing eventual winner, Valentino Rossi. Both Honda’s managed continue, with Marquez finishing 13th and Pedrosa 14th.

"It has been a long time without a win and to get it in these conditions is incredible," Lorenzo told the BBC afterwards.

"It was a crazy race. I wasn't happy when it started to rain as the Hondas were starting to get away from me. I wasn't comfortable at all. I was concentrating on not crashing and was ready to finish third. Then it started raining more and I decided to go for it".

In a complete reverse from the spoils and champagne of his victory at home two weeks ago, Rossi was taken to hospital after a violent high side on lap four, caused by running wide onto grass wet from previous rains, left him briefly unconsciousness. Once regained, he was taken away for scans but without series injuries.

Despite back-to-back crashes, Marquez continues to maintain his championship lead, 72 points ahead of Pedrosa and 78 clear of Rossi going into the next round at Japan’s Motegi circuit on September 10th.

 

CAPTION: Jorge Lorenzo celebrates his first MotoGP win of 2014, flanked by Forward Racing Yamaha's Aleix Espargaro on the left (2nd) and works Ducati rider Cal Crutchlow on the right (3rd). IMAGE sourced from www.foxsports.com.au