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Italian MotoGP: Marquez makes it six from six

2014-06-01 15:37

MAGNIFICENT MARQUEZ: Marc Marquez wrote his name deeper into the record books on May 1 2014 by winning all six of the first six races of the 2015 MotoGP season. Image: AFP

MUGELLO, Italy - Marc Marquez continued his dominance of the 2014 MotoGP championship with victory at the Italian GP on Sunday (June 1 2014), his sixth consecutive win.

After prevailing in an almighty battle with Jorge Lorenzo on the final lap the Spaniard moves up to a perfect 150 points, 53 ahead of Valentino Rossi who in his 300th Grand Prix moved into second place.

Rossi fought back from 10th on the grid to finish third and now leads Marquez' Honda team mate Dani Pedrosa by a point.

Marquez told Sky Sport Italia after the race: "This win was really hard work, it was the hardest race to win so far this season. It was difficult being behind Jorge at the beginning and then trying to overtake him at the end but we had a good set up with the sixth gear that allowed us to make the most of the long straights.

"Another victory but - special."


Marquez went into the race with a 100% record and started on pole for the sixth time in a row but Yamaha rider Lorenzo took the lead on Lap 1 and initially held off his determined compatriot.

It looked as though Marquez would continue his winning streak when Lorenzo allowed him to steal the lead when he stuck a wheel on the grass at the end of the pits zone with seven laps to go. However Lorenzo re-took the lead a lap later and after that followed an astonishing battle.

They exchanged the lead several times before Marquez finally held on for the win.

Lorenzo gave the sort of aggressive performance that has been sorely lacking so far this season but the two-timed champion remains well off championship pace in fourth on 65 points. He said after the race:

"It was really hard and an emotional battle. Marc's really good and has a great bike. Making our bike better made it easier for me to fight with him today and I'm happy with this second place. I feel a lot better physically and I'm happier about my bike.

"I think I'm back but we need to confirm that in the following races."


The huge Mugello crowd cheered local hero Rossi as he walked on to the podium as though he had won the race himself.

"I'm happy, it was a really good race. It's a shame I made an error in qualifying by choosing the wrong tyre," said the 35-year-old, seven times MotoGP champion. "I'm happy because it's my third podium in a row and I'm on the podium at Mugello for the first time in five years."

It was an unlucky Sunday for Stefan Bradl, the Honda rider crashing during the morning's warm-up before being taken out of the race by Cal Crutchlow on lap four. Briton Crutchlow lost control of his Ducati which then took out the unsuspecting German and ended both their races.

2014 Italian MotoGP result
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 41min38.254
2 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 41min38.375
3 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 41min40.942
4 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 41min52.300
5 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 41min53.857
6 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 41min55.296
7 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 41min55.383
8 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 42min05.661
9 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 42min20.140
10 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati 42min23.466
11 Michele Pirro (Italy) Ducati 42min23.687
12 Karel Abraham (Czech Republic) Honda 42min24.085
13 Scott Redding (Britain) Honda 42min24.093
14 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda 42min25.088
15 Colin Edwards (US) Yamaha 42min47.808

MotoGP points
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda - 150
2 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha - 97
3 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda - 96
4 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha - 65
5 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati - 63
6 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha - 49
7 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha - 44
8 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda - 39
9 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda - 34
10 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha - 34
11 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati - 34
12 Nicky Hayden (US) Honda - 23
13 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda - 23
14 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati - 22
15 Scott Redding (Britain) Honda - 21

Moto2 result
1 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 39min45.660
2 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex 39min45.908
3 Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex 39min49.260
4 Simone Corsi (Italy) Forward KLX 39min53.777
5 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter 39min53.784
6 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 39min53.874
7 Johann Zarco (France) Caterham Suter 39min54.441
8 Sam Lowes (Britain) Speed up 39min56.235
9 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Kalex 39min56.572
10 Franco Morbidelli (Italy) Kalex 40min01.911

Moto2 points
1 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex - 124
2 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex - 102
3 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Kalex - 69
4 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter - 69
5 Simone Corsi (Italy) Forward KLX - 66
6 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex - 59
7 Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex - 47
8 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter - 40
9 Sam Lowes (Britain) Speed up - 33
10 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Kalex - 32

Moto3 result
1 Romano Fenati (Italy) KTM 39min46.256
2 Isaac Vinales (Spain) KTM 39min46.266
3 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda 39min46.267
4 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Mahindra 39min46.377
5 Niklas Ajo (Finland) Husqvarna 39min46.516
6 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda 39min46.615
7 Alessandro Tonucci (Italy) Mahindra 39min46.853
8 Juanfran Guevara (Spain) Kalex 39min51.486
9 Brad Binder (South Africa) Mahindra 39min51.609
10 Karel Hanika (Czech Republic) KTM 39min51.651

Moto3 standings
1 Jack Miller (Australia) KTM - 104
2 Romano Fenati (Italy) KTM - 99
3 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda - 87
4 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda - 76
5 Isaac Vinales (Spain) KTM - 64
6 Alex Marquez (Spain) Honda - 60
7 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda - 45
8 Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic) KTM - 37
9 Francesco Bagnaia (Italy) KTM - 36
10 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Mahindra - 33

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