Marquez continues record-breaking run at LeMans

Repsol Honda teammates Marquez and Pedrosa do battle

The Monster Energy Grand Prix de France saw Marc Marquez extend his championship lead as he defends his MotoGP World title and continues to dominate the 2014 season.

Repsol Honda sensation Marquez enjoyed a perfect weekend in Le Mans taking pole position (with a new record), setting a new fastest race lap (1’33.548 on lap 8) and crowning it with the victory (in a record time) in front of 88,222 spectators.

He also became the youngest ever rider (21 years and 90 days) to win five successive races in the premier class, taking the record from Mike Hailwood (22 years and 160 days old).

With his fifth win of 2014, Marquez is the first rider since Giacomo Agostini in 1972 to win the opening five races of the year in the premier class, the first rider since Valentino Rossi in 2008 to win five successive MotoGP races and the first to win them all from pole since Mick Doohan in 1997, also on a Honda. He now extends his lead over Dani Pedrosa in the riders’ Championship to 42 points.

He enthused, “I am really happy with this win, which was different to the other victories. I made a mistake at the start; maybe I was too relaxed off the line, then when Jorge (Lorenzo) passed me I had to take a wide line otherwise we would have touched and as a result, many riders overtook me. However, from that moment on I began a really good comeback, it was a lot of fun, ending in my fifth consecutive victory. Although it might look easy to people, we are working extremely hard and this is the reward for the whole team."

Teammate Pedrosa struggled to find his rhythm in the 28 lap race, steadily progressing through the field from ninth on the grid to fifth by the checkered flag.

Pedrosa commented “It was a very difficult race to manage, because I didn't get a bad start but had (Andrea) Iannone and (Bradley) Smith coming through very strong on the opening corner; they split the group and even pushed a rider off-track. However, this wasn't the main problem, I had an issue with the front tire preventing me from making my way up the order. Every time that I tried to be more aggressive I had a lack of grip and it took many laps for me to move forward. It's a shame, because I didn't find a setup that allowed me to ride comfortably and we didn't have a good race. I think I can go a lot faster here than what we saw today."

Honda lead the constructors’ Championship by 38 points and the Repsol Honda Team lead the teams’ Championship by 82 points after five rounds.

Results

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time/Gap
1 25 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 44'03.925
2 20 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +1.486
3 16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda +3.144
4 13 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +3.717
5 11 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +4.077
6 10 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +7.088
7 9 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda +11.527
8 8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati +22.103
9 7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +22.626
10 6 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +23.108
11 5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati +25.780
12 4 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda +39.523
13 3 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati +42.544
14 2 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda +42.736
15 1 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda +56.644
16 0 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM +1'14.123
17 0 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +1'19.723
18 0 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM +1'30.934
19 0 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia +1'34.521
DNF 0 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 27 Laps
DNF 0 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Avintia 27 Laps
DNF 0 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 0 Lap

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