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MARQUEZ DOMINATES IN JEREZ AS RIVALS ALL CRASH OUT

Marc Marquez profited from his three main rivals all crashing out of the Spanish Grand Prix to take victory and move back to the top of the MotoGP standings.

It took the defending champion eight laps to get out in front in Jerez on Sunday, Marquez undercutting Jorge Lorenzo at Turn 13 to take the lead.

The Repsol Honda rider never looked back thereafter, slowly eking out a lead over the rest of the field.

As Marquez pulled away, the battle for the podium saw Lorenzo locked in a battle with team-mate Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa.

The trio changed positions on numerous occasions as the race reached its halfway stage, thrilling the packed stands with sensational racing.

However, their contest ended in dramatic fashion with seven laps to go as all three tumbled out in a crazy accident at Turn 6.

As the Ducatis went deep into the corner, Pedrosa dived up the inside, but he collided with a recovering Lorenzo and they duly slid into Dovizioso to send all three into the gravel and out of the race.

That left Marquez to cruise to victory, Dovizioso's exit particularly significant as it allowed the Spaniard to move 12 points clear in the riders' championship.

While Marquez celebrated, there was disappointment for pole-sitter Cal Crutchlow, the Briton enduring a miserable afternoon.

He lost first place on the opening lap and saw his race come to end an end soon after as he spun off at the first corner.

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