Review of round 4 MotoGP - Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana

By: Dave MotorCycle Direct Posted: May 10th, 2016

Taking place on the 22nd to the 24th April 2016, MotoGP headed to Spain to complete its 4th round of the season this year. This race was expected to be a challenge for the competitors as the conditions would be very different to those that they had experienced already. It was sure to be a test for many of the riders.

The race was controlled by Valentino Rossi who managed a successful win. He took the win by 3 seconds, one of his most dominant performances in years. This victory made it his 113th win in his whole career. Starting out in pole position certainly increased Rossi's chances however at this stage anything could have happened. His pole position was his first in Spain since 2005 and it was also his first time since 2009 starting on the front row in three consecutive races, a great achievement.

He started out the race in the lead and very much kept it that way throughout. Rossi was closely followed through parts by Lorenzo and Marquez with Pedrosa continuously making efforts to get closer to the top 3. Lorenzo and Marquez continued their battle to fight for 2nd place. Not only was Pedrosa having a battle to get close to the front but he was also contending with Espargaro who had finally managed to find his speed for the first time this season. It was sad news for Dovizioso who unfortunately had to retire from the race due to a broken water pump, much to his disappointment.

After much fighting Lorenzo finally managed to break away from Marquez who had seemed to settle with 3rd place and begun to slow down his fighting urge. Lorenzo then had his focus on catching up Rossi who by this point had no intentions on letting anyone pass him by. This meant the gap between them both just continued to increase. Rossi crossed over the finish in first, followed by Lorenzo and then closely Marquez. A very tame race which some supporters described as quite dull in comparison to the actions of previous rounds. Following on from the race, Dovizioso showed a face of utter disappointment that he was not able to put his all in due to technical problems he encountered and Lorenzo complained of tyre issues holding him back. Both teams are looking to improve before the next round on the 6th-8th May in France.

Final Race Standings:

  • Valentino Rossi - ITA - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
  • Jorge Lorenzo - ESP - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
  • Marc Marquez - ESP - Repsol Honda Team
  • Dani Pedrosa - ESP - Repsol Honda Team
  • Aleix Espargaro - ESP - Team Suzuki Ecstar
  • Maverick Vinales - ESP - Team Suzuki Ecstar
  • Andrea Iannone - ITA - Ducati Team