Moto GP

Four From Four After Jerez For Marquez

Author: Aaryn Minerds


Defending World Champion, Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez claimed a fourth win in four races in emphatic fashion at his home-country GP today, in the first race of the European season.

Already the youngest-ever premier-class champion, the 21-year-old has claimed pole position in every race so far this year, and won them all in increasingly dominant manner.

A capacity crowd of 117,000 basked in blazing sunshine under a cloudless sky to cheer the currently dominant country‰Ûªs latest hero over the line. Marquez, already 125cc and Moto2 World Champion, finished a fighting second here last year.

Sunday's win was his first in any class at Jerez, giving him a full house. It was the only track on the calendar where he had not recorded at least one race win.

Marquez again displayed his precocious skill in a lonely race, skipping the front wheel and sliding the rear as he used all the track and more to pull steadily clear. He led all the way except for a brief moment on the first lap, when Rossi edged ahead ‰ÛÒ only to be firmly pushed back to second at the final hairpin.

‰ÛÏI started well today, but when I saw that Valentino was trying to pass me on the first corner I knew his intention was to slow down the race so he could control the pace." Marquez stated. "Riding behind him I realised that I could go faster, so I tried to overtake him as soon as possible.

"I was surprised, because I wasn‰Ûªt expecting to open up a gap. Anyway, I am in good form at the moment, but I can see that Dani, Valentino and Jorge are giving their 100 percent in every practice and in every race.

"I‰Ûªm sure that sooner or later will come a race in which we are unable win, but we will have to learn from that and try to take important points.‰Û
Valentino Rossi just held on to second place - Credit: Yamaha Racing
Multi-champion Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), managed to retain second place by the narrowest of margins over Honda's Dani Pedrosa.

"I am very happy because Jerez is one of my favourite circuits and race weekends, also for the people around the track and the atmosphere." Rossi commented. "We worked very well during the weekend and improved the bike, also this morning and it looked like I could be quite competitive for the race.

"I chose the extra hard tyre on the front, it was a risk but I was worried about the medium at the end of the race. The condition of the track today was very bad, the bike slid everywhere and the front kept closing, I think I did a great job, I did a good start and I tried to stay with Marc but it was impossible.

"After that I tried to keep my pace and push where I could and where my bike was well balanced and I kept quite constant. At the end Dani arrived but I had just a little bit of desperation in the last lap to stay in front.

"I am very proud and happy to arrive in second position here as it was 2010 the last time I stood on the Jerez podium."
Dani Pedrosa raced to another podium finish at Jerez - Credit: Honda Racing
Pedrosa finished less than one tenth of a second behind Rossi to claim third spot.

‰ÛÏThe race today was very difficult; I had problems with the front tyre from the opening lap and I tried to overcome the situation as best I could." Pedrosa said. "I saw that Marc was breaking away but couldn't do anything to stick with him ‰ÛÒ it was completely his race today.

"I was able to stay behind the Yamahas for many laps, and at the end I made my attack. I was able to overtake Lorenzo but would have needed one or two more corners to try and pass Rossi.

"I did my best and took third place. We will see if at tomorrow‰Ûªs test we can be closer to Marc and fight to the maximum at the next race.‰Û
Jorge Lorenzo's tough start to the 2014 season continued at Jerez - Credit: Yamaha Racing
Jorge Lorenzo's 200th Grand Prix race had a less than perfect start as he dropped from second to fifth off the line. The local hero was quick to recover, taking two positions to slot into third behind Rossi and join the drama filled opening laps.

With 16 laps to go Lorenzo was still able to maintain a half second gap to his teammate in front however the distance began to slowly increase as his grip levels began to drop dramatically.

With six laps remaining he could no longer hold off following rider Pedrosa, dropping to a lonely fourth place that was his to the line, nearly 20 seconds ahead of Andrea Dovizioso in fifth.

"I did a bad start today, this weekend we didn't have a good practice start in any session." Lorezo stated. "The race was worse than I expected and my physical condition was worse than I expected also so we need to work more on that and wait for our moment.?
Alvaro Bautista started the final lap in 5th place but ended it in 6th - Credit: Honda Racing
There was a five-bike battle for fifth, with GO&FUN Gresini Honda RC213V rider Alvaro Bautista starting the last lap in that position, but finishing it in sixth behind Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso by just over a tenth of a second, and a little bit more than that ahead of the three Yamahas of Aleix Espargaro, Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro, all five over the line within less than two seconds.

Stefan Bradl rounded out the top ten.

Australia's Broc Parkes was the last active rider to finish the race in 17th position aboard his Paul Bird Motorsport machine.

MotoGP Round 4 Race Results: Jerez
1. Marc Marquez 45m24.134s ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2. Valentino Rossi 1.431 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
3. Dani Pedrosa 1.529 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4. Jorge Lorenzo 8.541 ESP YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5. Andrea Dovizioso 27.494 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
6. Alvaro Bautista 27.606 ESP HONDA GO&FUN Honda Gresini
7. Aleix Espargaro 27.917 ESP FORWARD YAMAHA NGM Forward Racing
8. Bradley Smith 27.947 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
9. Pol Espargaro 29.419 ESP YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
10. Stefan Bradl 32.872 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
11. Nicky Hayden 35.490 USA HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
12. Hiroshi Aoyama 40.083 JPN HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
13. Scott Redding 43.830 GBR HONDA GO&FUN Honda Gresini
14. Yonny Hernandez 52.295 COL DUCATI Pramac Racing
15. Hector Barbera 54.873 ESP AVINTIA Avintia Racing
16. Michael Laverty 1'06.182 WAL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
17. Broc Parkes 1'23.420 AUS PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
18. Colin Edwards DNF USA FORWARD YAMAHA NGM Forward Racing
19. Andrea Iannone DNF ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
20. Mike De Meglio DNF FRA AVINTIA Avintia Racing
21. Karel Abraham DNF CZE HONDA Cardion AB Motoracing
22. Cal Crutchlow DNF GBR DUCATI Ducati Team
23. Michele Pirro DNF ITA DUCATI Ducati Team

MotoGP Championship Standings
1. Marc Marquez 100 pts
2. Dani Pedrosa 72 pts
3. Valentino Rossi 61 pts
4. Andrea Dovizioso 45 pts
5. Jorge Lorenzo 35 pts
6. Stefan Bradl 30 pts
7. Aleix Espargaro 30 pts
8. Bradley Smith 28 pts
9. Pol Espargaro 25 pts
10. Andrea Iannone 25 pts
11. Nicky Hayden 23 pts
12. Hiroshi Aoyama 19 pts
13. Scott Redding 14 pts
14. Yonny Hernandez 13 pts
15. Cal Crutchlow 10 pts
16. Alvaro Bautista 10 pts
17. Karel Abraham 8 pts
18. Colin Edwards 7 pts
19. Hector Barbera 2 pts
20. Danilo Petrucci 2 pts
21. Broc Parkes 1 pts
22. Mike De Meglio 0 pts
23. Michele Pirro 0 pts
24. Michael Laverty 0 pts

Top Image: Marc Marquez on his way to his fourth straight win to start the 2014 Season

Credit: Honda Racing
Marc Marques continues to lead the field in this years MotoGP championship - Credit: Honda Racing

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