Marquez blitzes field for fourth consecutive win

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Sunday 4th May, 2014 - 11:31pm

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Marc Marquez dominates on home soil

Marc Marquez dominates on home soil

Marc Marquez produced another devastating display as he blew away his rivals to record a fourth consecutive victory of the season in the Grand Prix of Spain at Jerez.

The Honda rider enjoyed a battle with Valentino Rossi early on before he quickly built an unassailable lead which he maintained all the way to the chequered flag.

Rossi just about held his own to come home in second position ahead of Dani Pedrosa after a thrilling final lap dice.

Marquez’s impressive 100 percent start to the 2014 season has seen the Spaniard open up a 28 point lead in the championship standings.

Polesitter Marquez held his position into the first corner with Rossi moving into second and Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso in third.

Jorge Lorenzo dropped to seventh initially before quickly recovering to fourth on the opening lap.

Rossi managed to stay on the back of Marquez and on lap two the Italian stormed into the lead before the Honda man reclaimed the position a lap later.

Meanwhile, Lorenzo and Pedrosa fought over third after passing Dovizioso.

With a clear track in front, Marquez began to show his class as he quickly opened up a lead of seven tenths of a second from Rossi.

He continued to build the advantage lap after lap leaving Rossi to fend off Pedrosa and Lorenzo for second.

In the end, nobody could halt the reigning world champion’s progress as he took the chequered flag comfortably.

Pedrosa edged away from Lorenzo in third and upped his pace in the final stages in a bid to pass Rossi for second.

The pair produced an entertaining battle which went right up to the final lap with Rossi just holding off the Honda rider for second at the flag.

Lorenzo came home in fourth ahead of Dovizioso and Gresini Honda’s Alvaro Bautista.

Aleix Espargaro finished as the top Open Class runner in seventh in front of Bradley Smith, Pol Espargaro and Stefan Bradl.

Ducati’s Cal Crutchlow retired on his return to MotoGP after sitting out the last round at Argentina, while Australia’s Broc Parkes finished in 17th position.

In Moto3, Jack Miller could only finish fourth in Round 4 at Jerez as Romano Fenati took victory to cut the Australian’s lead in the championship to just five points.

The Townsville rider started from pole but he was unable to match the pace of Fenati in the race as he took the win from Efren Vasquez and Alex Rins.

MotoGP heads to the famous Le Mans circuit in France for Round 5 on May 17-18.

MotoGP Grand Prix of Spain Results

Pos Rider Team/Bike Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez Honda 45m24.134s
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +1.431s
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda +1.529s
4 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha +8.541s
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati +27.494s
6 Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda +27.606s
7 Aleix Espargaro Forward Yamaha +27.917s
8 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha +27.947s
9 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha +29.419s
10 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda +32.872s
11 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda +35.490s
12 Hiroshi Aoyama Aspar Honda +40.083s
13 Scott Redding Gresini Honda +43.830s
14 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Ducati +52.295s
15 Hector Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki +54.873s
16 Michael Laverty PBM Aprilia +1m06.182s
17 Broc Parkes PBM Aprilia +1m23.42s0
RET Colin Edwards Forward Yamaha 1 lap
RET Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati 5 laps
RET Mike di Meglio Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 6 laps
RET Karel Abraham Cardion Honda 17 laps
RET Cal Crutchlow Ducati 23 laps
RET Michele Pirro Ducati 25 laps

2014 MotoGP Standings

Pos

Driver

Points

1

Marc Márquez

100

2

Daniel Pedrosa

72

3

Valentino Rossi

61

4

Andrea Dovizioso

45

5

Jorge Lorenzo

35

6

Stefan Bradl

30

7

Aleix Espargaró

30

8

Bradley Smith

28

9

Andrea Iannone

25

10

Pol Espargaró

25

11

Nicky Hayden

23

12

Hiroshi Aoyama

19

13

Scott Redding

14

14

Yonny Hernández

13

15

Cal Crutchlow

10

15

Álvaro Bautista

10

17

Karel Abraham

8

18

Colin Edwards

7

19

Danilo Petrucci

2

20

Héctor Barberá

2

21

Broc Parkes

1