Marquez blitzes field for fourth consecutive win

Marquez unbeatable in 2014

A huge crowd of more than 115,000 fans saw Spaniard Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) take a fourth premier class victory in a row at the Gran Premio bwin de Espana, with Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) also on the podium at Jerez.

With victory in the south of Spain in his 100th Grand Prix Marquez becomes the first rider to win the opening four premier class races of the year since Mick Doohan in 1992. Marquez had never previously won at Jerez in the World Championship.

No-one could live with Marquez in the heat of the afternoon in Andalusia as he built up a four second lead by lap 12 and never looked back, eventually crossing the line comfortably ahead of Rossi.

Indeed it was also another superb performance for Rossi as he returned to the podium for the first time since Qatar, holding off Pedrosa on the final corner.

Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) had to settle for fourth at his 200th GP, crossing the line 8.5s behind Marquez on his 27th birthday.

Behind the factory Honda and Yamaha riders Andrea Dovizioso was the top man for the Ducati Team in fifth, whilst there was disappointment for his teammate Cal Crutchlow who retired early on his comeback and wild card test rider Michele Pirro who crashed out in the initial laps.

There was relief for Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) as he picked up his first points of 2014 in sixth, finishing just 0.112s behind Dovizioso.

Meanwhile, Bautista’s compatriot Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) was seventh and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) eighth, the pair of them also reaching the finish line within 0.5s of Dovizioso.

The top ten was rounded out by Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP).

They were retirements for Mike Di Meglio (Avintia Racing) after some tire issues and Colin Edwards (NGM Forward Racing) due to a technical problem, whilst crashes for Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) and Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) ended their respective point scoring runs.

Results

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Behind
1 25 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.000s
2 20 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +1.431
3 16 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.529
4 13 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +8.541
5 11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati +27.494
6 10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda +27.606
7 9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +27.917
8 8 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +27.947
9 7 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +29.419
10 6 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda +32.872
11 5 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda +35.490
12 4 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda +40.083
13 3 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda +43.830
14 2 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati +52.295
15 1 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Avintia +54.873
16 0 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM +1'06.182
17 0 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM +1'23.420
DNF 0 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1 Lap
DNF 0 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 5 Laps
DNF 0 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 6 Laps
DNF 0 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 17 Laps
DNF 0 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 23 Laps
DNF 0 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 25 Laps

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