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2014-06-15 15:44


SEVEN OUT OF SEVEN: Honda's Marc Marquez won a titanic battle with team mate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha'v Valentino Rossi to win the 2014 Catalunya MotoGP. Image AFP / Josep Lago

MONTMELO, Spain - Marc Marquez made it seven out of seven here today after an awesome battle between him, Honda team mate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha's Valentino Rossi.

The result also made history as Marquez' younger brother Alex won the Moto3 race - the first such result in the 67 years of premier motorcycle racing.

And it was a huge triumph for the host country with two of its motorsport heroes coming out on top at the same meeting.


So, 2013 MotoGP champion Marc Marquez continued his victorious start to the season and became the youngest rider to win seven races in a row .

Marquez, 21, on his Honda, raced through from third on the grid to take the lead from Valentino Rossi on Lap 18 and overcame a late challenge from Dani Pedrosa to beat the record previously held by Rossi.

Pedrosa was fastest in practice but made a poor start and Jorge Lorenzo briefly took the lead before Rossi (Yamaha) came through on Lap 3.


The veteran seven-times champion held off the Honda challenge from Marquez but the Spaniard finally found a gap to overtake.

In a dramatic finale, Pedrosa briefly took the lead on the last lap before Marquez responded. Pedrosa then made another attempt which failed and Rossi stole through to take second.

That after the two Hondas touched in the closing stages.

Marquez told reporters after the race: "I was a bit worried before the start as I was further back on the grid and I needed to get my gear changes right going into the first curve.

"From there I just tried to push forward as much I could to get to the front and then hang on. Now I will try to keep this run going as long as I can."

Marquez leads the riders' championship with 175 points. Rossi is on 117 and third-placed Pedrosa on 112.

2014 Catalunya MotoGP result
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 42min56.914
2 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 42min57.426
3 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 42min58.748
4 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 43min01.454
5 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 43min08.062
6 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 43min11.127
7 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 43min13.041
8 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 43min13.089
9 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 43min14.954
10 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 43min21.695
11 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati 43min34.067
12 Scott Redding (Britain) Honda 43min39.835
13 Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Honda 43min40.213
14 Michele Pirro (Italy) Ducati 43min52.071
15 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda 43min56.105

MotoGP points
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda - 175
2 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha - 117
3 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda - 112
4 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha - 78
5 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati - 71
6 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha - 58
7 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha - 54
8 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda - 50
9 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati - 41
10 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha - 40
11 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda - 34
12 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati - 27
13 Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Honda - 26
14 Scott Redding (Britain) Honda - 25
15 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda - 24


Spain's Alex Marquez won the Moto3 race at the 2014 Catalunya MotoGP meeting on Sunday (June 15).

The 18-year-old, younger brother of MotoGP championship leader Marc, riding a Honda, finished ahead of Italian KTM rider Enea Bastianini and another Spanish Honda rider, Efren Vazquez.

Australia's Jack Miller (KTM) was fourth and retains the overall champoionship lead by seven points from Italian KTM team mate Romano Fenati, after seven races.

Moto3 result
1 Alex Marquez (ESP/Honda) 41min11.656
2 Enea Bastianini (ITA/KTM) +3.236
3 Efren Vazquez (ESP/Honda) +3.512
4 Jack Miller (AUS/KTM) +3.764
5 Romano Fenati (ITA/KTM) +3.862
6 Brad Binder (RSA/Mahindra) +4.048
7 Isaac Vinales (ESP/KTM) +4.131
8 Niklas Ajo (FIN/Husqvarna) +9.781
9 John McPhee (GBR/Honda) +18.578
10 Francesco Bagnaia (ITA/KTM) +18.587

Championship points
1 Jack Miller (AUS/KTM) - 117
2 Romano Fenati (ITA/KTM) - 110
3 Efren Vazquez (ESP/Honda) - 92
4 Alex Rins (ESP/Honda) - 87
5 Alex Marquez (ESP/Honda) - 85
6 Isaac Vinalès (ESP/KTM) - 73
7 Alexis Masbou (FRA/Honda) - 50
8 Enea Bastianini (ITA/KTM) - 45
9 Francesco Bagnaia (ITA/KTM) - 42
10 Jakub Kornfeil (CZE/KTM) - 38

Moto2 result
1 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 41min23.197
2 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Kalex 41min27.441
3 Johann Zarco (France) Caterham Suter 41min34.354
4 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 41min34.498
5 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 41min34.621
6 Mattia Pasini (Italy) Forward KLX 41min39.958
7 Ricard Cardus (Spain) Tech 3 41min44.472
8 Axel Pons (Spain) Kalex 41min55.990
9 Marcel Schroetter (Germany) Tech 3 41min56.129
10 Anthony West (Australia) Speed up 41min56.157
11 Lorenzo Baldassarri (Italy) Suter 41min56.273
12 Julian Simon (Spain) Kalex 41min56.566
13 Takaaki Nakagami (Japan) Kalex 41min59.387
14 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter 42min03.900
15 Louis Rossi (France) Kalex 42min04.101

Moto2 standings
1 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex - 149
2 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex - 115
3 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Kalex - 89
4 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter - 71
5 Simone Corsi (Italy) Forward KLX - 66
6 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex - 59
7 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter - 51
8 Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex - 47
9 Johann Zarco (France) Caterham Suter - 33
10 Sam Lowes (Britain) Speed up - 33
11 Anthony West (Australia) Speed up - 33
12 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Kalex - 32
13 Xavier Simeon (Belgium) Suter - 31
14 Marcel Schroetter (Germany) Tech 3 - 28
15 Jordi Torres (Spain) Suter - 23


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