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Nick Harris re-examines a gripping Jerez weekend

Nick Harris re-examines a gripping Jerez weekend

The commentator looks back over the Gran Premio bwin de España.

After the dust settled on another afternoon of incredible action at the Gran Premio bwin de España at Jerez on Sunday, commentator Nick Harris assessed the second round of the 2010 World Championship.

Offering his views first on the premier class race, Nick started by discussing what the results meant for each of the top five in the race. “It was exciting stuff, and I think there were winners all round really, “said the vastly experienced MotoGP observer. “Obviously Jorge Lorenzo was the winner of the race, and for Dani Pedrosa finishing in second place was certainly like a win for him. Valentino Rossi kept piling on the points despite the shoulder injury, and there was another great ride by Nicky Hayden – it’s all positive.”

“I think coming to the next man, Casey Stoner, he will be the most disappointed of them all with his fifth place. He didn’t score any points in Qatar, and it’s just a little bit worrying as we come to the third round of the Championship.”

Nevertheless, for fans and observers alike the beginning of the 2010 campaign has been nothing short of thrilling. “It’s been a fabulous two races and who knows what’s going to happen by the time we’re in Valencia in November?” added Nick.

Just as engrossing was the Moto2 race, in which Toni Elías secured his first victory in the new intermediate class to the sheer delight of the home fans. Like the premier class, Nick believes this race produced another all-round success for everyone involved.

“There were a few doubters during the winter who didn’t believe Moto2 would work, that it couldn’t replace the 250s,” he stated. “The two races we’ve seen so far have been fantastic. It was a great win for Toni Elías, but the real winner there was the Championship, and it’s just going to get fiercer and fiercer as the year goes on.”

Starting the day’s clean sweep of Spanish victories was the 125cc race, in which Pol Espargaró took his first 25 points of the campaign.

“Jerez never lets you down for the atmosphere with the crowd, and neither do the 125s. It was probably always going to be a Spanish winner given the first five on the grid,” Nick said. “Pol Espargaró rode quite brilliantly but Nico Terol did a good job in second place after he won the opener in Qatar. Marc Márquez seemed a little bit unlucky in his crash, and Efrén Vázquez was chasing that first Grand Prix win just a little bit too over enthusiastically. Bradley Smith did well, and while he’s having major problems with the bike fourth place still keeps him in contention.”

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