• May 3rd 2010 at 6:00PM
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Final lap battles, changes atop a world championship leader board and a season that's keeping us champing at the bit for each new round. With absolutely no disrespect to cream-colored ponies or crisp apple strudels, we can say with confidence that MotoGP 2010 is delivering a few of our favorite things.

With one swift pass on the inside, Spain's Jorge Lorenzo not only crossed the finish line in first place, but also claimed the same rank in the battle to crown a new world champ. The Spanish round was not characterized by a runaway victory at the hands of the Fiat Yamaha rider, as his Honda-mounted countryman and rival Dani Pedrosa held the top spot most of the race. Lorenzo came from third position passing not only Pedrosa, but also his teammate Valentino Rossi, in the process of hunting down the win. This battle came down to the final lap and involved passing margins that seemed to embody the 'rubbin is racin" philosophy.

The intense action at the Jerez circuit adds fuel to an already burning fire of possibilities for the 2010 MotoGP season. Once again, Nickey Hayden fell just short of the podium in fourth position besting his Ducati teammate Casey Stoner, who claimed the final place in the top five. Stay tuned as the drama unfolds, and yes, we are officially hooked.

[Image: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      It was a good race. I was dissapointed that Spies had to retire due to a defective front tire. The moto2 race was fantastic, 40 bikes on the circuit is just an awesome sight.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice Photo! I was so ticked when I looked to see the delayed telecast on Speed. Flipped on the tube at 4 and what did I see...NASCAR coverage due to rain delay. Hey SPEED! If you say you are going to show MotoGP at 4, then do it. End of rant! Except that Spies did not do well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just to note, first time Nicky has every beat Stoner on the duke in a race they both finished. He's jumped up the leaderboard WAYY more than the two 4th places so far indicate.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hummm too bad for Spies. Yes the Moto2 race was crazy they didnt show the red flag at the start due to a 9 bike pile up. Yikes. I love motorcycle racing, those guys are nuts.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great stuff! this is real racing-lead changes, passing, rivalries, drama, stuff you can actually see unfold { when they show the race...] It's even better this year- three Americans among the top riders !
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      Go Hayden!
      • 5 Years Ago
      that pic demonstrates more than just faith in your equipment and abilities, but faith in the OTHER GUY's equipment and abilities
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