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Dani Pedrosa snatches victory at the Spanish GP

MotoGP races at Jerez seem to have a penchant for being dramatic, and today was no different. On the hottest day of the weekend, over 110,000 people had poured in to watch riders - the Spanish trio in particular - battle it out in the first European MotoGP race of the season. And boy, were they about to get their money's worth.

As the lights went out, Jorge Lorenzo took off, but not quite in the same fashion as Dani Pedrosa, whose lightning start saw him snatch 1st place into the 1st corner, but only a couple of corners later, Lorenzo was back in front, showing Pedrosa who's boss. However, no matter how hard he tried, Pedrosa just would not let him build a comfortable lead. And Pedrosa's dogged effort meant that come Lap 6, Lorenzo's resistance wore down, and the Repsol Honda rider shot past him, Lorenzo's efforts to catch up with him in vain.

If there was a game of catching up with someone, Pedrosa's team-mate Marc Marquez was playing it very well. He started off from 3rd position on the grid, and was overtaken by Valentino Rossi with only a few laps completed. No need to show any respect on track is what Marquez seems to think though, as he reeled the Doctor in a few corners later, and passing him, he went after the freshly-demoted rider in 2nd place, the reigning world champion. Rossi had a rather sedate race thereafter, not being challenged by Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow much, finishing 4th, with Crutchlow placing fifth.

Even with the tyres squirming, scrabbling for grip on the greasy track, rookie Marquez didn't let up in his chase of Lorenzo. He coolly bided his time, and on the last lap, he crept up on the inside of Lorenzo at the Jorge Lorenzo corner (rename it to 'Jorge Lorenzo Cornered', now?), and as he forced his way past him, he made noticeable contact with Lorenzo's bike, pushing the Spaniard wide and crossing the finish line in 2nd place, leaving the current world champion 3rd and fuming. If this reminds you of the famous Rossi-Gibernau incident at the same venue years back, you're not the only one.

It was apparent once the riders returned to the garages - as Marquez walked up to shake hands with Lorenzo, the two-time world champion reacted angrily, and walked off. Is this the beginning of a new MotoGP rivalry? The French leg of the MotoGP is only two weeks away, so we won't have to wait too long to find out.

Race results:
1. Dani Pedrosa
2. Marc Marquez
3. Jorge Lorenzo
4. Valentino Rossi
5. Cal Crutchlow
6. Alvaro Bautista    
7. Nicky Hayden
8. Andrea Dovizioso    
9. Aleix Espargaro
10. Bradley Smith
11. Michele Pirro
12. Hector Barbera
13. Michael Laverty
14. Danilo Petrucci
15. Colin Edwards
16. Bryan Staring
17. Claudio Corti    
18. Hiroshi Aoyama

Stefan Bradl        
Andrea Iannone        
Lukas Pesek        
Randy De Puniet    
Yonny Hernandez

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