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Repsol Honda Dominate In Texas With Perfect Weekend For Marquez

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Marc Marquez has completed the perfect weekend in Austin, having led every session, taken pole (with a new lap record), recorded a new fastest race lap and crowned the weekend with Victory in the second MotoGp race of the year.

His teammate, Dani Pedrosa, also contributed to the fantastic Repsol Honda spectacle with a strong second place 16.8 seconds ahead of third place finisher Dovizioso.

Starting on pole for the 11th time in just 20 MotoGP starts Marc, as last season, was once again the only rider to choose the hard rear Bridgestone tyre. He had his best start in the premier class, only beaten in the first corner by Factory Yamaha's Lorenzo who made an uncharacteristic jump start ‰ÛÒ forcing him into the pit lane for a drive through penalty ‰ÛÒ and promoting Marc back up to first by the end of the first lap.

Once out in front, Marquez never looked back, setting a new race lap record on lap three with a time of 2‰Ûª03.575 (beating his time of 2‰Ûª04.242 in 2013) and went on to win the race comfortably, apart from a final corner scare on the last lap when he briefly lost concentration, and finished four seconds in front of his teammate.

"I'm very happy!" Marquez exclaimed. "I got a really good start, but when I saw Jorge overtake me off the line at first I was a little worried, but then I saw that he had jumped the start.

"It was a different race to previous ones because I led from start to finish; although it might seem easier that way, it is tough because you have to maintain concentration.

"It was a perfect weekend and gives us plenty of confidence, although we are aware that the coming races will be different. I know that the race was a little boring for the fans, but sometimes these types of races are good for a rider. Let's hope that the next one is more exciting!‰Û
Dani Pedros made it a Honda 1-2 in Texas - Credit: Honda Racing
Pedrosa, starting from second on the grid, was also unfazed by Lorenzo‰Ûªs mistake and slipped in behind Marc as the Repsol Honda duo ran away from the race leaving them untouchable.

"It was a tough race as Marc was that little faster than me and although I tried to improve with every corner, it was too difficult to gain ground on him and the distance between us increased with every lap. In the end, he was too far away from me." Pedrosa explained. I didn't have anyone behind me either, so I just kept up my pace as best I could.

"I learnt a few things in this race and we will try to apply them and make the maximum improvement possible, in order to be able to put up more of a fight next time‰Û
Andrea Dovizioso claimed Ducati's first podium result for 2014 - Credit: Ducati
It was also the Italian‰Ûªs first podium with Ducati, having finished a best of fourth last year at Le Mans. Dovizioso finished in third place and 20.976s down on Pedrosa, so of course there is still room for improvement.

‰ÛÏWe worked very well during the practice, but we didn‰Ûªt think he had the pace to fight for the podium." Doviziosa said. "I always push 100% to get a result and we got something special after struggling for a while.

"I want to say thank you to the team and everyone working with me because it‰Ûªs very hard working like this.‰Û
Jorege Lorenzo shot out of the blocks a little early, costing him a trip through the pits and a 10th place finish - Credit: Honda Racing
MotoGP Race Results:
1. Marc Marquez 43m33.430s ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2. Dani Pedrosa 4.124 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3. Andrea Dovizioso 20.976 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
4. Stefan Bradl 22.790 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
5. Bradley Smith 22.963 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6. Pol Espargaro 26.567 ESP YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7. Andrea Iannone 28.257 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
8. Valentino Rossi 45.519 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
9. Aleix Espargaro 47.605 ESP FORWARD YAMAHA NGM Forward Racing
10. Jorge Lorenzo 49.111 ESP YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
11. Nicky Hayden 1'00.735 USA HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
12. Hiroshi Aoyama 1'03.954 JPN HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
13. Yonny Hernandez 1'07.333 COL DUCATI Pramac Racing
14. Karel Abraham 1'27.972 CZE HONDA Cardion AB Motoracing
15. Hector Barbera 1'32.376 ESP AVINTIA Avintia Racing
16. Michael Laverty 1'32.543 WAL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
17. Danilo Petrucci 1'39.176 ITA ART IodaRacing Project
18. Mike De Meglio 1'51.962 FRA AVINTIA Avintia Racing
19. Scott Redding DNF GBR HONDA GO&FUN Honda Gresini
20. Colin Edwards DNF USA FORWARD YAMAHA NGM Forward Racing
21. Cal Crutchlow DNF GBR DUCATI Ducati Team
22. Alvaro Bautista DNF ESP HONDA GO&FUN Honda Gresini
23. Broc Parkes DNF AUS PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
Marc Marquez celebrates his U.S win with his team - Credit: Honda Racing
Championship Standings After Round 2: 1. Marc Marquez 50 pts
2. Dani Pedrosa 36 pts
3. Valentino Rossi 28 pts
4. Andrea Dovizioso 27 pts
5. Aleix Espargaro 20 pts
6. Andrea Iannone 15 pts
7. Stefan Bradl 13 pts
8. Nicky Hayden 13 pts
9. Bradley Smith 11 pts
10. Pol Espargaro 10 pts
11. Cal Crutchlow 10 pts
12. Scott Redding 9 pts
13. Hiroshi Aoyama 9 pts
14. Yonny Hernandez 7 pts
15. Colin Edwards 7 pts
16. Jorge Lorenzo 6 pts
17. Karel Abraham 5 pts
18. Danilo Petrucci 2 pts
19. Hector Barbera 1 pts
20. Broc Parkes 1 pts

Top Image: Marc Marquez on his way to his second straight race win of 2014
Credit: Honda Racing

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