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Lorenzo makes it two from two for Spanish riders

Lorenzo makes it two from two for Spanish riders

Lorenzo makes it two from two for Spanish riders

Jorge Lorenzo took a long-overdue first victory with an awesome display at the Jerez circuit, giving the home crowd two winners out of the first two races of the day.

A great start for the Japanese riders saw Takahashi and both the Aoyama brothers into the first corner in front, separated by Jorge Lorenzo in second. Shuhei Aoyama couldn't keep the pace up on the opening lap, and suffered a crash which put an end to his progress. Lorenzo took back his pole position lead by the start of lap 2, which also saw a phenomenal comeback from Andrea Dovizioso. The Italian moved up to third from eleventh, joining his team-mate Takahashi in the front pack.

Lorenzo was soon reunited with his Aprilia companion Hector Barbera, who pushed his way through on lap seven. Not wanting to let the two riders get away, Alex De Angelis made a determined move into second and battled with Barbera in a back and forth battle for second, before chasing down Lorenzo.

Argentine Sebas Porto retired on lap ten, clearly disappointed with the Honda which didn't really perform to his expectations in preseason. The dramatic crash from Cluzel and an error from Simoncelli saw both retiring after heading into the gravel.

By the halfway point, Lorenzo and De Angelis were continuing their fight a second ahead of the pack, Dovizioso and Barbera also exchanging positions as they tried to close the gap.

Anthony West rode a steady race around the sixth spot, safely ahead of the chasing pack but without the power in his kit bike to chase the top five. He was then forced to retire whilst out on his own.

Takahashi was phenomenal in the closing stages of the race, lapping nearly a second faster than the rest of the field. He put a brave move on the top two in the final lap, nearly going off-road for his troubles, but De Angelis and Lorenzo stood firm and held off the exciting Japanese rider, who dropped to fourth.

With Dovizioso ahead of Takahashi, Barbera and Aoyama completed the top six, leading Locatelli, Cardenas, Guintoli and Vincent.


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