Pedrosa scores 23rd career victory

Dani Pedrosa won his first MotoGP race of the season, leading a 1-2 Honda finish with Marc Marquez at the Spain Grand Prix on Sunday.

The 20-year-old Marquez moved to the top of the standings with 61 points after three races. Pedrosa has 58, a point ahead of world champion Jorge Lorenzo.

Pedrosa completed the 27 laps of the 2.74-mile Jerez Circuit with relative ease after taking the lead from pole-sitter Lorenzo for good by passing him on an inside curve during the sixth lap.

Lorenzo held off Marquez until the last curve when the newcomer squeaked by for second place after the riders bumped.

It was Pedrosa’s 23rd MotoGP career win.