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Recap 2010: Gran Premio bwin de España

Recap 2010: Gran Premio bwin de España

motogp.com’s comprehensive summary of the second round of the season at the Jerez de la Frontera Circuit offers you the chance to re-live the best of the action, with easy one-click access to video highlights.

The second round of the 2010 season, the first of the year in Europe, took place at the Jerez circuit and marking the start of the weekend was the official pre-event in which five MotoGP stars took part in a game of poker on board the bwin Poker Yacht moored on the beautiful Cadiz coast. Shortly after the riders’ game faces were on at the press conference, in which the early Championship leader Valentino Rossi and co. gave their views ahead of the weekend.

It was not long until the on-track action commenced and Casey Stoner took up the pace in FP1, Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest in FP2, but it was Dani Pedrosa who qualified in pole position after setting the best time in qualifying by 0.285s from Lorenzo.

In front of a feverish 120,000 crowd race day began with the 125cc contest, and it was an all-Spanish podium led by Pol Espargaró that started what was to be a fantastic day for the home fans, despite an early crash for pole holder Marc Márquez.

On to the intermediate category and the Moto2 race delivered a magnificent spectacle. Not competing in the race was Alex de Angelis, who suffered an unfortunate crash in warm-up. There were to be more falls when the initial contest was red flagged after a pile up on the opening lap. However, once the track had been cleared and a 17-lap race began, it was Toni Elías who triumphed in a thrilling pursuit right up until the final corner of the last lap.

With the packed circuit already jumping thanks to two Spanish victories and the Paddock Girls providing a complement to the fine weather, the time arrived for the premier class race, and what an epic battle it delivered. Jorge Lorenzo took victory with a last-lap manoeuvre on Dani Pedrosa, and the pair were joined in the post-race press conference by Rossi, who took the third and final podium spot.

The weekend was also given an extra sense of occasion by the naming of Turn 8 of the Jerez circuit after Jorge Martínez ‘Aspar’, and the first and second races of the 2010 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup also took place with wins for British youngster Danny Kent and Spanish talent Daniel Ruiz.

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