Oakley's Jorge Lorenzo Wins Spanish Grand Prix
Oakley’s Jorge Lorenzo of Spain overtook Dani Pedrosa on the last lap to win the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday and take the lead in the overall championship standings. Lorenzo crossed the line at the 2.7-mile Jerez Circuit in 45 minutes, 17.538 seconds.
Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi started fast and held the one, two spots until lap 21 when Lorenzo made a late charge and passed Rossi. He then aimed for Pedrosa.
With two laps to go Lorenzo caught up with the factory Honda rider and made his move to pass, but Pedrosa held his line and the two almost touched as the excitement continued to increase. In the end it came down to the last lap and as Pedrosa drifted wide at the Dry Sack corner, while trying to defend his line, Lorenzo swept through to assume the lead. Crossing the line the Fiat Yamaha rider was 0.543s ahead of Pedrosa, while Rossi placed third to complete the podium. Lorenzo promptly celebrated his win by jumping fully clothed into the lake in the center of the Jerez circuit.
“I saw the lake on Thursday and thought it would be funny to jump in. I think the fans liked it, but I didn’t really think about how heavy I’d be with wet leathers and for a minute I thought I wasn’t going to get out,” declared Lorenzo. “The dream nearly turned into a nightmare.”
The Oakley rider was eventually rescued by marshals and returned to pit lane to continue the victory celebrations.
“After a bad start I rode like a demon to get the front and I had a great fight with Dani when I eventually caught him. When I tried to pass him the first time we nearly crashed, but I knew I had to try again on the final lap. I know it’s better to win races calmly from the front; today I had to fight on every lap,” concluded the new Championship leader.