Marquez wins eventful Spanish Grand Prix

Marquez wins eventful Spanish Grand Prix

Marquez wins eventful Spanish Grand Prix

Marc Marquez has won the Spanish MotoGP to take the overall points lead after several of his rivals crashed out of the race.

Second went to Johann Zarco on the Tech3 Yamaha, third went to Andrea Iannone on the factory Suzuki.

Marquez started from fifth at Jerez but worked his way through to the lead, with his win effectively sealed when Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa collided at the hairpin.

As the leader began to disappear into the distance, Dovizioso was growing impatient behind Lorenzo and had to back out of a move at the final corner that briefly dropped him behind Pedrosa.

"Ok, we started on the second row but anyway today I was clever".

That left Marquez free to increase his lead and never be challenged as the four-time MotoGP champion cruised to his 37th career victory in the top category.

Speaking after the race, the Frenchman, who finished at the fourth position in the last three races, said that he could not believe his luck. Maverick Vinales has 50 points for third.

Dovizioso, who was previously leading the championship, has fallen to the fifth spot in the standings with 46 points. He, however, reached another milestone when he completed the circumference of the planet in race kilometres.

Rossi has now covered 40,075km in competition over 23 seasons, starting at the 1996 Malaysian Grand Prix.

They weren't the only fallers in the race of attrition though, with pole position starter Cal Crutchlow and Suzuki rider Alex Rins also fallers from the battle for a podium.

On lap 18 Dovizioso opted to dive up the inside of Lorenzo at the end of the back straight into turn six but outbraked himself and ran wide, pushing his teammate off line, which saw Pedrosa look to get past the pair up the inside.

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