Motorcycling: Marquez wins in Spain and takes MotoGP lead

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Lorenzo had shot off the line and into the lead, using Soft tyres, where he remained for several laps, until Marquez eventually made a clean move into the final corner.

In the 9th lap Hondo's Marquez makes his move and takes the lead with Dovizioso moving ahead of Pedrosa to take third.

Jerez de la Frontera: Spaniard Marc Marquez (Honda) flew past the chequered flag way ahead of his rivals in the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez de la Frontera on Sunday, climbing atop the MotoGp championship standings in the process.

On his way to a second straight victory this season, Marquez beat one of his main rivals for the title, Italy's Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Desmosedici), who crashed in the 18th lap along with his teammate Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda), both of Spain, reports Efe.

"I started from the second row but I was clever to overtake the other riders in the beginning", the Spanish rider said, adding, "It was almost impossible to overtake Lorenzo". All three riders went sliding into the gravel and were driven out of the race.

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Marquez firmly claimed the first position and he is so far the MotoGP leader with 70 points.

"Sometimes you need a little luck and today I got some", said the Frenchman.

Iannone tussled with Petrucci but was able to get clear of the chasing pack to take his second podium in as many races to continue the Suzuki revival. Dovizioso dropped to fifth overall with 46.

Italian great Valentino Rossi was fifth in a race that saw him reach a career milestone by completing the circumference of the planet in race kilometres. He crashed at Turn 1 on Lap 10 while he was running in the fourth position. It was assessed by stewards but no action was taken after they ruled the crash as purely accidental.