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Marquez takes 12th win of 2014 with victory in Malaysia sealing Constructor’s Title for Honda

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Marquez takes 12th win of 2014 with victory in Malaysia sealing Constructor’s Title for Honda
2014 World Champion Marc Marquez has won his 12th race of the 2014 season and secured Honda‰Ûªs fourth consecutive Constructors Title with Victory at the Sepang on the 26th of October.

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa who started from 2nd on the grid, leap frogged teammate Marquez from the start and led the race entering turn one as Marquez had a brief encounter with Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo and briefly dropping down to 8th.

As the riders crossed the line at the end of the first lap, Lorenzo had taken the lead from Pedrosa with Marquez already up to 6th position. On lap two, Marquez continued to storm through the field ‰ÛÒ setting a new record race lap (2‰Ûª01.150) ‰ÛÒ and passing LCR Honda's Stephan Bradl and Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso to move up to 4th.

In the final corner of lap two Pedrosa made a small mistake and lost the front, crashing out at a fairly low speed. He was able to remount the bike and rejoined the race in 20th.

Marquez now in third began to chase down race leaders Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.

On lap ten, Marquez passed Lorenzo, who had lost the lead to his teammate ‰ÛÒ and then on the final corner Rossi ran slightly wide and Marquez was able to make a pass on the Italian. Meanwhile Dani had moved up to 11th place but on lap thirteen he lost the front in turn nine and this time was unable to restart.
Marquez takes 12th win of 2014 with victory in Malaysia sealing Constructor’s Title for Honda
Marc Marquez had to fight his way back after running wide early in the race and dropping to 8th place - Credit: Honda Racing
Back up front Marquez and Rossi put on a good show for the final eight laps but with two laps to go, Marquez opened up the throttle and put a three second gap between him and Rossi.

This win in Sepang is Marquez's 12th victory of the season, equalling Repsol Honda‰Ûªs Mick Doohan‰Ûªs 1997 record for most wins in a single season in the premier class of racing, and has gifted Honda their 21st premier-class Constructors‰Ûª title.

‰ÛÏThis was one of the toughest races of the year for me physically and I'm happy to have equalled Mick Doohan‰Ûªs record!" Marquez enthused. "We knew to expect this kind of weather in Malaysia but it was especially hot today and we all found it hard to finish the race.

"Halfway into the race the pace slowed down because I think everybody needed to take a breath! I'm happy with how I handled the race, because the first corner was a bit of a nightmare but I was able to come back to the front and stay there, whilst I cooled down my tyres and brakes.

"I started to attack with 10 laps remaining, then made the difference when there were 5 laps to go.‰Û
Marquez takes 12th win of 2014 with victory in Malaysia sealing Constructor’s Title for Honda
Valentino Rossi will be aiming to wrap up second in the championship standings at Valencia in two weeks time. Credit: Yamaha Racing
Rossi was happy with his second place finish and is not in prime position to secure second place in the final championship standings at the conclusion of the season in two weeks time in Valencia.

‰ÛÏThis race is the most difficult race for the riders but I felt good with my preparations." Rossi stated. "This means I have worked well.

"The second place is positive for me because we struggled much during the weekend and I wasn‰Ûªt very strong. This morning we improved the bike and once again in the afternoon. The bike was perfect for the race.

"I fought a lot and I enjoyed the fight with Jorge and also the battle with Marc at the end. At one moment I thought I could win, but unfortunately Marc was a little bit too fast.

"The best way to think of the second place for the championship is to try and fight for the podium. That‰Ûªs my target, but Valencia is a difficult track for me. In the past I struggled there a lot, so this year I want to try the maximum. I want to be competitive on Sunday and try to arrive on the podium.‰Û
Marquez takes 12th win of 2014 with victory in Malaysia sealing Constructor’s Title for Honda
Jorge Lorenzo rounded out the podium in Sepang - Credit: Yamaha Racing
Lorenzo held on to round out the podium comfortably with Bradl finishing a distant fourth, some 18 seconds behind Lorenzo with Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Bradley Smith in 5th place one second behind Bradl.

‰ÛÏThis race was very difficult." Lorenzo admitted. "It was probably the hottest race in Malaysia in the whole 12 years that I have competed.

"I made a good start and was very brave on the first lap. I pushed at the maximum for the first seven to ten laps, but little by little trying to get the bike stopped was getting worse and worse. Valentino was really fast and during the second part of the race he was able to keep the same pace that I had at the beginning.

"It was very difficult to ride and fight. I wasn‰Ûªt as fit as in Silverstone or Misano. These three weeks outside of Europe I‰Ûªve not trained hard enough, so I wasn‰Ûªt as quick.‰Û
Marquez takes 12th win of 2014 with victory in Malaysia sealing Constructor’s Title for Honda
Marc Marquez and his Honda team celebrate the round win, the constructors championship and equaling Mick Doohan's record 12 wins in a season - Credit: Honda Racing
MotoGP Round 17 Race Results
1 Marc Marquez 40'45.523s ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Valentino Rossi 2.445 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
3 Jorge Lorenzo 3.508 ESP YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
4 Stefan Bradl 21.234 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
5 Bradley Smith 22.283 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Pol Espargaro 34.668 ESP YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 Yonny Hernandez 38.435 COL DUCATI Pramac Racing
8 Andrea Dovizioso 48.839 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Hector Barbera 50.792 ESP AVINTIA Avintia Racing
10 Scott Redding 59.088 GBR HONDA GO&FUN Honda Gresini
11 Hiroshi Aoyama 1'15.949 JPN HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
12 Michael Laverty 1'17.966 WAL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
13 Mike De Meglio 1'27.773 FRA AVINTIA Avintia Racing
14 Broc Parkes 1'44.244 AUS PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
15 Alex de Angelis DNF RSM FORWARD YAMAHA NGM Forward Racing
16 Danilo Petrucci DNF ITA ART IodaRacing Project
17 Dani Pedrosa DNF ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
18 Karel Abraham DNF CZE HONDA Cardion AB Motoracing
19 Nicky Hayden DNF USA HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
20 Cal Crutchlow DNF GBR DUCATI Ducati Team
21 Aleix Espargaro DNF ESP FORWARD YAMAHA NGM Forward Racing
22 Alvaro Bautista DNF ESP HONDA GO&FUN Honda Gresini

MotoGp Championship Standings 1 Marc Marquez 337 pts
2 Valentino Rossi 275 pts
3 Jorge Lorenzo 263 pts
4 Dani Pedrosa 230 pts
5 Andrea Dovizioso 174 pts
6 Pol Espargaro 126 pts
7 Bradley Smith 119 pts
8 Aleix Espargaro 117 pts
9 Stefan Bradl 109 pts
10 Andrea Iannone 102 pts
11 Alvaro Bautista 89 pts
12 Scott Redding 76 pts
13 Hiroshi Aoyama 67 pts
14 Cal Crutchlow 63 pts
15 Yonny Hernandez 53 pts
16 Nicky Hayden 43 pts
17 Karel Abraham 33 pts
18 Hector Barbera 21 pts
19 Alex de Angelis 14 pts
20 Danilo Petrucci 13 pts
25 Broc Parkes 9 pts

Top Image: Marc Marquez on his way to his 12th win of the season

Credit: Honda Racing

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