2012 MotoGP - Race 2, Jerez

While Jorge Lorenzo may have ruled the rainy practice sessions on the Jerez track at the Gran Premio bwin de Espana to get the holeshot, it was Stoner who crossed the finish line first.

At the start of the race, Dani Pedrosa outran the Yamaha rider Lorenzo to snag the holeshot with Lorenzo in tow while Cal Crutchlow came up from the rear of the pack. The first few laps to follow were a mess of position shifts, attempts to take the lead and passes, leaving Stoner in the first position where he rode without error, true to his form last season.

Behind Stoner, Lorenzo continually tried to catch up and came close to the defending champ in the final laps. Pedrosa battled with Crutchlow as the Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider continually challenged him for the last podium spot. Andrea Dovizioso saw some difficulties with his tire choice and ended up bringing in the top five with Alvaro Bautista and rookie Stefan Bradl behind him.

In the end, Lorenzo was unable to catch up with Stoner who finished with his first ever win at Jerez in the premier-class. But after finishing third in the first race of this season, Lorenzo still holds the point advantage going into round three at Estoril with a mere four point gap.

Race Results

Pos. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 Casey STONER Aus Repsol Honda Team Honda 157.3 45'33.897
2 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 157.2 +0.947
3 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 157.1 +2.063
4 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 157.1 +2.465
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 156.2 +18.100
6 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 156.0 +21.395
7 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 155.6 +28.637
8 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 155.6 +28.869
9 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 155.3 +34.852
10 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 155.3 +35.103
11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 155.1 +38.041
12 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 153.2 +1'12.728
13 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 152.9 +1'18.669
14 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ATR 152.3 +1'29.142
15 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR-FTR 152.1 +1'32.478
16 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 151.7 +1'40.577
17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 150.6 1 Lap
Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 153.7 2 Laps
James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ATR 152.7 3 Laps
Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 152.6 9 Laps
Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR-FTR

Series Standings
Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 45
2 Casey STONER Honda Aus 41
3 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 36
4 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 26
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Yamaha ITA 22
6 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 19
7 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 18
8 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 17
9 Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 13
10 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 13
11 Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 10
13 Colin EDWARDS Suter USA 4
14 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda ITA 3
16 Mattia PASINI ATR ITA 2

Stay tuned for more of this season's race results.

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