Jorge Lorenzo thrilled his home fans by sealing his first win of 2015 at Jerez in masterful fashion, the factory Yamaha rider leading from start to finish.
Taking the holeshot as the lights went out, Lorenzo immediately made a break at the front, with Marc Marquez following closely behind and Pol Espargaro jumping to third ahead of Valentino Rossi.
The gaps between the leaders continued to grow as the race progressed. After the first 10 laps the difference between Lorenzo and teammate Rossi, who passed Espargaro for third early on, had grown to nearly four seconds, while Marquez was unable to match Lorenzo's pace in second.
Indeed, Lorenzo continued his metronomic pace to extend the gap until the finish, taking his first win since Motegi last October by a margin of 5.5s.
"The weekend has been perfect," enthused Lorenzo. "I felt good on braking, which is what I often struggle with on Sundays, and I was fast everywhere on the circuit.
"I was able to profit from my pace and from my talent to win this special race after a long time [since I last won]."
Rossi continued to push, and had the gap to Marquez's Honda down to just over 1.5s nearing the end, but the gap proved too much in the end and the Italian ultimately settled for third and the 200th podium finish of his career across all classes.
"I lost too much at the beginning," admitted Rossi. "I was faster than Marc at one stage and I tried to catch him, but it it was took risky; I started having problems with the front."
LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow caught up and passed Espargaro for fourth after the Tech 3 man slipped behind Rossi, and the Spaniard held on for fifth despite coming under late pressure from Andrea Iannone's factory Ducati.
Iannone suffered a terrible start from third on the grid, nearly dropping outside the top 10 early on, but the Italian fought his way back to sixth place at the finish with a strong ride, ahead of the Suzuki of Aleix Espargaro.
Bradley Smith put in another solid performance on the Tech 3 Yamaha, holding off the recovering Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso for eighth. An early trip through the gravel at the final corner saw Dovizioso drop all the way down to 21st, and he spent the rest of the afternoon battling his way back through the order.
Yonny Hernandez completed the top 10 after getting the better of his Pramac Ducati teammate Danilo Petrucci, who then dropped behind the second Suzuki of Maverick Vinales in the closing stages.
Marc VDS Honda man Scott Redding meanwhile found himself demoted to 13th, one place ahead of the Avintia Ducati of top Open class rider Hector Barbera.
Rossi continues to lead the riders' standings by an increased margin of 15 points ahead of Dovizioso, who is just five clear of Lorenzo with Marquez 29 adrift of Rossi in fourth.
|16||Stefan Bradl||Forward Yamaha||59.018|
|21||Alex de Angelis||ART||1m26.832|
|22||Mike Di Meglio||Ducati||1 Lap|
|-||Loris Baz||Forward Yamaha|