Flanked on the podium by Marquez and Rossi, Lorenzo jumps in celebration. AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERRERO
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Jorge Lorenzo celebrated being kept on by Yamaha for next season by winning the Spanish MotoGP at Jerez Sunday in commanding style to also give himself a special present on the eve of his 28th birthday.Rossi, who had won two of the three races coming into the Spanish MotoGP, said he hadn't felt comfortable throughout the weekend.Lorenzo had no such problems getting away with Marquez on his tail, with Rossi moving into third with 24 laps remaining.The order remained the same, with neither Marquez – whose Honda team had modified the handlebar to facilitate his broken pinky finger – nor Rossi able to challenge Lorenzo.An enthralling battle continued – with Lorenzo safe as houses out in front – as initially Rossi looked odds on to overcome Marquez before the young Spaniard fought back and halted Rossi's progress.
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