Marquez makes it six out of six in spectacular finale

Marquez passes Lorenzo on last lap for the win

An intriguing duel between Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) saw the former come out on top at Mugello, with Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) joining them on the podium.

The two Spaniards put on a great show in front of the Italian crowd, battling for the lead for several laps, only for Marquez to clinch a sixth successive victory in 2014 by 0.121s on the final lap.

At his 300th Grand Prix the yellow sea of fans were willing Rossi to capitalize on any mistake from the front two, and although The Doctor had to settle for third by just under three seconds it was still a great ride for him from 10th on the grid.

With Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and impressive rookie Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) the next two across the line – albeit more than 10 seconds further back – there were four Spaniards in the top five.

Behind them Italians Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) also got great support from the crowd en route to sixth and seventh respectively, with Iannone making a brilliant start and leading in the early stages having started second on the grid.

The top ten was completed by Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini),Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) and Yonny Hernandez (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing).

Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) and Michel Fabrizio (Octo IodaRacing Team) both retired from the race with technical problems.

Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) crashed out on lap 4, but walked away unharmed. Shortly afterwards Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) and Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) went down, the German being hit by the Englishman's bike as it slid across the track, with both riders fortunately avoided injury.

Marc Marquez:
"I am very happy with this win; Jorge and I had a really good battle and had a lot of fun out there! I wasn’t expecting the victory, because it has come at a circuit that I had marked on the calendar as being one for picking up Championship points – not thinking about winning the race. However, I saw that it would be possible and took more risks than at other races, because Jorge and Vale were very fast and we were finding it difficult to keep up the same pace. I think that we did a great job all weekend, and the change that we made to sixth gear in the warm-up was very important too; we did this to help pass using a slipstream at the end of the straight. I am very pleased with how the entire weekend went, and now it is time to look ahead to my home Grand Prix – racing at Montmelo is always special."

Results

Pos. Rider Num. Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 ESP 25 Repsol Honda Team HONDA 41'38.254
2 Jorge Lorenzo 99 ESP 20 Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA +0.121
3 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA 16 Yamaha Factory YAMAHA +2.688
4 Dani Pedrosa 26 ESP 13 Repsol Honda Team HONDA +14.046
5 Pol Espargaro 44 ESP 11 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA +15.603
6 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA 10 Ducati Team DUCATI +17.042
7 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA 9 Pramac Racing DUCATI +17.129
8 Alvaro Bautista 19 ESP 8 Go & Fun Honda Gresini HONDA +27.407
9 Aleix Espargaro 41 ESP 7 NGM Mobile Forward Racing YAMAHA +41.886
10 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL 6 Pramac Racing DUCATI +45.212
11 Michele Pirro 51 ITA 5 Ducati Team DUCATI +45.433
12 Karel Abraham 17 CZE 4 Cardion AB Motoracing HONDA +45.831
13 Scott Redding 45 GBR 3 Go & Fun Honda Gresini HONDA +45.839
14 Hiroshi Aoyama 7 JPN 2 Drive M7 Aspar HONDA +46.834
15 Colin Edwards 5 USA 1 NGM Mobile Forward Racing YAMAHA +1'09.554
16 Michael Laverty 70 GBR 0 Paul Bird Motorsport ART & PBM +1'17.789
17 Broc Parkes 23 AUS 0 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM +1'35.031
18 Mike Di Meglio 63 FRA 0 Avintia Racing MotoGP FTR-KAWASAKI +1'37.501
19 Hector Barbera 8 ESP 0 Avintia Racing MotoGP FTR-KAWASAKI DNF
20 Michel Fabrizio 84 ITA 0 IodaRacing Project IODA-SUTER DNF
21 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR 0 Ducati Team DUCATI DNF
22 Stefan Bradl 6 GER 0 LCR Honda MotoGP HONDA DNF
23 Bradley Smith 38 GBR 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA DNF
24 Nicky Hayden 69 USA 0 Drive M7 Aspar HONDA DNS

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