Rossi wins Spanish MotoGP from pole

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 24, 2016 11:36 PM
Rossi wins Spanish MotoGP from pole
Moto GP riders Valentino Rossi of Italy, center, Jorge Lorenzo of Spain, left, and Marc Marquez, also of Spain, pose with a flag of Japan on the podium of the MotoGP race of Spain's Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Jerez race track in Jerez de la Frontera, southern Spain, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Rossi won the race, Lorenzo was second and Marquez third. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti)
JEREZ, Spain (AP) — Valentino Rossi won the Spanish Moto Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday, finishing well ahead of Jorge Lorezno and Marc Marquez.

It was the seven-time MotoGP world champion's first victory in four races this season, his 87th career victory in the top category, and his ninth win at the Jerez circuit.

The Italian stayed in front of his rivals from the start on the 4.4-kilometer (2.7-mile) track, winning in 45 minutes, 28.834 seconds.

"This was the perfect weekend," Rossi said. "The race was fantastic. I had good pace and a good start and could push ahead."

Rossi's Yamaha teammate Lorenzo crossed more than two seconds later, followed by Marquez on a Honda in third.

Defending champion Lorenzo, who announced this week that he will leave Yamaha for Ducati next season, said that he had a problem with his tires that stopped him from chasing Rossi.

Marquez kept his lead in the standings, moving up to 82 points. Lorenzo is second with 65, while Rossi is third with 58.

"After I almost crashed one, two, three times, I said 16 points for the championship was good," Marquez said.

Sam Lowes won the Moto2 race also from pole, while Brad Binder claimed the Moto3 race after starting from last on the grid.

Lowes set the pace to win in 44 minutes, 58.624 seconds. Jonas Folger was more than two seconds behind in second. Lowes leads the standings with 72 points, ahead of Alex Rins with 62.

Binder, who was set to start the Moto3 event from second on the grid, was penalized by race officials for having used "non-homologated" software during Saturday's qualifying.

"It's my first win (of the season) and to do it from the last position is incredible," said Binder, after finishing the race in 41 minutes, 29.882 seconds.

Binder leads the lowest category with 77 points, followed by Jorge Navarro with 62.

(This story has been corrected to show Rossi's winning time was 45 minutes, 28.834 seconds.)

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