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GP Week : Issue 200
MOTOGP >>> news JORGE WINS THE LONG-JUMP Mosquitoes were to blame for one of the more bizarre moments in MotoGP’s recent history. Jorge Lorenzo jumped the start in Texas (below) by a margin so vast, he had time to pull alongside Marc Marquez, who was a row in front of him, almost stop and then go and still lead by a huge margin at the end of the race. Lorenzo was gone before Bradley Smith, who was a row behind him, had even put his Yamaha in first gear. After the race, Lorenzo explained that so dense were the mosquitoes on the out lap that he had to shed a tear-off on the grid and upsetting his start routine, prompting the error: “I wasn't thinking and was distracted and I made a big mistake in the start,” Lorenzo explained after the race. “I just tried to push at the maximum afterwards to get the best result, but the race was almost over for me.” Marquez flogged the field, winning by nearly five seconds in a near-flawless ride. The sole visible error came on the final corner of the race when the Spaniard ran wide, clearly not having his mind 100 percent on the job at hand. Dani Pedrosa was second ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, who gave Ducati a rare dry podium result. Stefan Bradl was fourth ahead of Smith and Pol Espargaro. Andrea Iannone ran third for much of the race until tyre woes forced him to drop his pace over the closing laps. Lorenzo was 10th after dropping to last after he served a ride-through penalty at the end of Lap 1. Marquez dominant in Texas 13 GPWEEK.com // 13 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: