2013 MotoGP: Lorenzo Wins Home Race, Crash Fest in Barcelona
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The Sunday race in Barcelona was in a way pretty much identical to the last round at Mugello in Italia, especially as once in the lead, Lorenzo could not have been caught by the runner-up, Dani Pedrosa.
Even more, the Barcelona race saw almost the same terrible spill of Alvaro Bautista during the first lap. However, this time Bautista missed Rossi by mere inches, or we could have seen the same scenario like the one in Italy.
Bautista should have seen Lin Jarvis' figure as he passed incredibly close to putting Rossi out of the race for the second time in a row in the exact same way (only this time in a left turn), and maybe he would consider updating a bit his style, really.
As for the rest of the race, we could say Catalunya was a crash fest, with no less than 8 riders crashing or having troubles with the engine, and some more testing the gravel patch and making a lucky return to tarmac, like Michele Pirro did, however finishing the race on a very good 10th position for Ducati.
Three of the best riders went down: Cal Crutchlow, Nicky Hayden and Andrea Iannone, accompanied in the paddocks by Barbera, Abraham, de Puniet, Bautista and Laverty.
This opened up unexpected positions for the rest of the pack, including Javer del Amor, Aoyama's replacement after his earlier bad crash. Del Amor even got 1 point as he finished the 15th. Aleix Espargaro finished in 8th just like at Mugello and is still leading the CRT teams.
Lorenzo is now the second in the provisional standings, 7 points behind Pedrosa (123 points), who also smashed the circuit record on Saturday. The top 5 is completed with Marquez (93), Crutchlow (71) and Rossi (60).
The news round brings MotoGP to the Netherlands, in two weeks, for the Iveco TT Assen race on 29th of June.
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