Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez produced a dominant display to regain the World Championship lead after winning the Spanish Grand Prix in front of his home crowd in Jerez by 1.654 seconds.
Starting from the outside of the front row, the 26-year-old took the wholeshot and leaped in front of the Petronas SRT Yamaha duo of Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli.
Slotting in behind Marquez, Morbidelli stayed within a tenth of Marquez for the opening ten laps of the race, with Quartararo sat a bike length behind the whole time.
After the opening ten, Marquez started to edge away from the chasing pack and after a small mistake from Morbidelli, the Honda man put a second into the Yamaha’s and continued to pull away.
Two laps later a mistake going into the newly christened ‘Pedrosa Corner’, Morbidelli ran on and through went Quartararo. Unfortunately for the Frenchman on lap 13, a gearshift problem forced the 20 year old to retire, with his M1 stuck in third gear.
As Marquez continued to pull away, firstly Alex Rins and then Maverick Vinales moved past Morbidelli and the factory Ducati duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci soon followed through.
As the laps were ticked off, Marquez maintained the gap he had over Rins to hold on for his second win of the season, and to regain the lead of the World Championship by a single point from the Suzuki man.
Vinales eventually won the battle for the final podium position. No more than a tenth behind Vinales for the final five laps Dovizioso kept the pressure on the Spaniard, however the Ducati man wasn’t able to get ahead of Vinales for the final spot on the podium.
Danilo Petrucci was fifth on his factory Ducati, just 1.9 seconds behind his team-mate. Valentino Rossi salvaged sixth place on his factory Yamaha. Some late pace was enough after a quiet race, but the Doctor will be ruining his qualifying performance.
Franco Morbidelli ended in seventh, with Cal Crutchlow bringing his LCR RC213V home in eighth position. Taka Nakagami held off Stefan Bradl off for ninth with the German rounding out the top ten.
Espargaro was sat in ninth, however a coming together with Jack Miller with just two laps to go, forced the Aprilia man into the gravel and the Aussie to retire.
It was a quiet and disappointing twelfth place for Jorge Lorenzo, who managed to beat Pol Espargaro on the final lap. Johann Zarco secured two World Championship points for his fourteenth place finish with Tito Rabat rounding out the point scorers in fifteenth.