Motorsports Blog

04 May 2014

Moto GP: Sublime Marquez masters Jerez

The reigning world champion adds yet another feather to his already feather-heavy cap with his first-ever win at Jerez

Amaan Ahmed
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In his relatively short yet hugely successful motorcycle racing career so far, there was one circuit where Marc Marquez had never taken a win in any race, in any class. Of all the events on the current MotoGP calendar, Jerez was the elusive one, but Marquez saw to it that he not only won it this time, but won it comprehensively.

Okay, so the final gap between him and the second-placed rider may only have been 1.4 seconds, but numbers are just numbers. Cold, hard stats. On track, it was a very different story.

At the start, Marquez (participating in his 100th GP) was overtaken by Andrea Dovizioso at the first turn, and by Valentino Rossi through the following corners. The Yamahas chased after him for a bit, but really, it was only a matter of time before Marquez would power through and build an unassailable lead. Which is exactly what he did. Halfway through the race, the world champion led by a gap nearing five seconds. From there on, it was only going to go one way.

Things were a little more interesting further back, as Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa were engaged in a battle for the remaining podium spots. Lorenzo, who turned 27 today (and was participating in his 200th GP) had a slow start, and though he briefly gave Rossi a tough time, he was overtaken by Pedrosa with only seven laps remaining, and finished fourth, seven seconds behind the Repsol Honda. He's seen happier birthdays, that's for sure.

Rossi had interestingly opted for a harder compound front tyre, as opposed to the mediums that both the factory Hondas and his own team-mate's M1 were running. Tyres were going to play a part in this race, and they did, as at the end, Pedrosa got very close to relegating him to third, but VR46, aided by stronger braking (thanks, hard front tyre) held on for his second second place finish of the season.

Andrea Dovizioso managed to take fifth place after a three-way contest with the increasingly competitive Aleix Espargaro and Alvaro Bautista. Espargaro would get past the Ducati in the corners, only for Dovi to whack open the throttle and leave the NGM Yamaha for dead on the straights. Bautista tried to make the most of the battle in front of him and passed both riders, but was overtaken again by the Ducati. Still, he'd be happy with sixth - his first finish in four races, and his first points for 2014.

Having smashed Lorenzo's six-year-old qualifying record at the venue earlier on Saturday, Marquez added yet another feather to his already feather-heavy cap with his fourth consecutive win from pole. He's also become the first rider since Mick Doohan in 1992 to win the first four races of the season. 100 points from the first four races. As it stands, the difference between him and everyone else is as clear as day.

It's Le Mans next up. Can anyone stop Marquez from making it five in five?

Race results:
1. Marc Marquez
2. Valentino Rossi
3. Dani Pedrosa
4. Jorge Lorenzo
5. Andrea Dovizioso
6. Alvaro Bautista
7. Aleix Espargaro
8. Bradley Smith
9. Pol Espargaro
10. Stefan Bradl
11. Nicky Hayden
12. Hiroshi Aoyama
13. Scott Redding
14. Yonny Hernandez
15. Hector Barbera
16. Michael Laverty
17. Broc Parkes

DNF:
18. Colin Edwards
19. Mike Di Meglio
20. Andrea Iannone
21. Karel Abraham
22. Cal Crutchlow
23. Michele Pirro

DNS:
Danilo Petrucci

Tags: moto gp, motogp, jorge lorenzo, jerez, dani pedrosa, valentino rossi, yamaha, honda, repsol honda, marc marquez