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Marquez Continues flawless Start to 2014 Leading Home Second Successive Repsol Honda 1-2

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2013 World Champion Marc Marquez has enjoyed another fantastic race weekend taking victory from pole position.

He has become the first rider since Valentino Rossi in 2001 to win the opening three premier class races of the season, and all from pole ‰ÛÒ a feat not matched since Giacomo Agostini back in 1971

Teammate Dani Pedrosa capped the amazing weekend for the Repsol Honda team with his second place finish at the Red Bull Argentina GP, and has now finished on the podium at the last seven MotoGP races ‰ÛÒ his longest sequence of successive podium finishes since 2012.

He now moves ahead of Alex Barros, into third place, on the top ten list of all-time point scorers in the premier class. (1st Rossi ‰ÛÒ 3884, 2nd Doohan ‰ÛÒ 2298, 3rd Pedrosa ‰ÛÒ 2092, 4th Barros ‰ÛÒ 2079).

It was a difficult start for Marc and Dani, who were 1st and 2nd on the grid respectively, slipping to 2nd and 5th by turn one. The early stages of the 25 lap race were filled with drama as riders passed and ran wide and Marc dropped back to 6th with Dani 7th by lap three.

As the race began to find its rhythm, so did Marc and Dani, and they started to move through the traffic. By lap five Marc was up to 2nd behind Lorenzo but Dani was still amongst the pack. However, he overtook four riders and by lap nine was up to 3rd behind Lorenzo and Marc.

Marc was content to sit behind Lorenzo for thirteen laps but finally made a move on lap seventeen passing him comfortably and opening up a two second gap in just three laps. Dani then began to close the gap on Lorenzo. He set the fastest lap of the race (1‰Ûª39.233) on lap twenty two and then on the penultimate lap he passed Lorenzo to claim second place for the Repsol Honda Team.

‰ÛÏI am happy with how the weekend went in general and I‰Ûªd like to thank all my team!" Marquez stated. "I think it was a nice race for the fans, with plenty of passes and I wasn't expecting it to be like that.

"As the race went on and I saw what the gap was to Jorge Lorenzo and I tried to catch up with him quickly and spend a few laps on his tail. When I saw that Dani was getting closer, I tried to overtake in order to maintain more of a gap.

"I took 25 more points today which are very important and I've put together three wins in a row, but we are aware that the season is very long and we are now heading to Jerez where Dani and Jorge are very fast. We will need to be up there with them, fighting for the win!‰Û
Dani Pedrosa ensured Honda had their second straight 1-2 finish - Credit: Honda Racing
Marc has extended his lead in the Rider Championship to 75 points, with Dani on 56.

"I enjoyed the race but after losing some time at the start it affected me and I found myself alone again." Pedrosa explained. "In the final part of the race I had a good pace and was able to recover places, but it didn't count for much. I took second place, but with the pace that we had we could have pushed for the win.

"You always have to learn and maybe I saved my tyres too much when I was riding as part of the group. Fortunately we found a good setup that allowed us to be more competitive, and this is positive.‰Û
Jorge Lorenzo scored his first podium finish for the year Credit: Yamaha Racing
Lorenzo's Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi rounded out the top four.

"I had the potential and the pace to end on the podium and especially to fight with the three guys in front." Rossi said. "Unfortunately in the first laps first of all I made a mistake and lost a bit but the place I lost some more was when Bradl made a mistake.

"He arrived too deep in braking and he pushed me out of the track and I lost two seconds on that lap and so the podium."

Stefan Bradle finishing in fifth for the LCR Honda tea, while Anrea Dovizioso was the leading Ducati in 6th position. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 pairing of Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro finishing in 7th and 8th respectivley.

Australia's Broc Parkes finished on the lead lap 1 minute and 16 seconds behind race leader Marc Marques.

MotoGP Round 3 Results:
1. Marc Marquez 41m39.821s ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2. Dani Pedrosa 1.837 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3. Jorge Lorenzo 3.201 ESP YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
4. Valentino Rossi 4.898 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5. Stefan Bradl 15.029 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
6. Andrea Dovizioso 19.447 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
7. Bradley Smith 24.192 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
8. Pol Espargaro 29.118 ESP YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
9. Andrea Iannone 33.673 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
10. Hiroshi Aoyama 43.279 JPN HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
11. Nicky Hayden 43.352 USA HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
12. Yonny Hernandez 44.819 COL DUCATI Pramac Racing
13. Karel Abraham 45.178 CZE HONDA Cardion AB Motoracing
14. Scott Redding 48.656 GBR HONDA GO&FUN Honda Gresini
15. Aleix Espargaro 52.250 ESP FORWARD YAMAHA NGM Forward Racing
16. Hector Barbera 53.505 ESP AVINTIA Avintia Racing
17. Michele Pirro 53.669 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
18. Michael Laverty 56.570 WAL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
19. Mike De Meglio 1'03.140 FRA AVINTIA Avintia Racing
20. Colin Edwards 1'05.760 USA FORWARD YAMAHA NGM Forward Racing
21. Broc Parkes 1'16.722 AUS PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
22. Alvaro Bautista DNF ESP HONDA GO&FUN Honda Gresini
23. Danilo Petrucci DNF ITA ART IodaRacing Project

MotoGp Championship Standings After Round 3:
1. Marc Marquez 75 pts
2. Dani Pedrosa 56 pts
3. Valentino Rossi 41 pts
4. Andrea Dovizioso 37 pts
5. Stefan Bradl 24 pts
6. Jorge Lorenzo 22 pts
7. Andrea Iannone 22 pts
8. Aleix Espargaro 21 pts
9. Bradley Smith 20 pts
10. Pol Espargaro 18 pts
11. Nicky Hayden 18 pts
12. Hiroshi Aoyama 15 pts
13. Yonny Hernandez 11 pts
14. Scott Redding 11 pts
15. Cal Crutchlow 10 pts
16. Karel Abraham 8 pts
17. Colin Edwards 7 pts
18. Danilo Petrucci 2 pts
19. Hector Barbera 1 pts
20. Broc Parkes 1 pts
21. Mike De Meglio 0 pts
22. Michele Pirro 0 pts
23. Michael Laverty 0 pts

Top Image: Marc Marquez makes it three straight wins to kick of the 2014 season
Credit: Honda Racing

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