Marquez leads the championship after Spanish GP win

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The four-time world champion leads the standings on 70 points, while Zarco has 58.

Five laps later Marquez made his move into the lead with a classic charge up the inside at Lorenzo's self-titled final corner at Jerez to power ahead at the start of lap nine.

By lap 3 it was a Spanish trifecta and Marquez starts to pressure the leader, Lorenzo, in lap 6 however the Ducati rider holds his position firm.

Dovizioso regrouped and had another attempt into the hairpin, but both riders drifted slightly wide, allowing fourth-placed Pedrosa to attempt a cutback on the inside line. While fighting Andrea Dovizioso for the second positon, Lorenzo had a contact with Dani Pedrosa that sent him back directly in Andrea Dovizioso's motorcycle. All three riders walked away from the crash, although Pedrosa complained of severe pain in his right hip.

Seeing his title rival bolt to the front, Dovizioso made his move up to third past Pedrosa but as Marquez pulled out a gap the Italian rider struggled to find a way past his Ducati teammate.

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He said, "Here the race is very long and you have to manage many things", adding that the Spanish GP was "not a race about speed" but a race where being "precise" and making "the correct decision in every lap" was the key to victory.

Zarco was promoted to a lonely second position, having been on course for fifth, while a scrap for sixth position suddenly became the fight for third.

Pol Espargaro had to settle for 11th behind Kallio, with Takaaki Nakagami in 12th for LCR Honda ahead of Bradley Smith, with Tito Rabat (Reale Avinita Ducati) and Scott Redding (Aprilia) rounding out the points places.

Tito Rabat and Scott Redding rounded out the points scorers in a race of high attrition.

Lorenzo had been the only frontrunner to pick the soft front tyre, and used it to great effect initially, making a lightning getaway from fourth to lead into Turn 1.

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