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2014-05-18 15:03


HONDA'S MARC MARQUEZ: He's won his fifth MotoGP in a row, this one at Le Mans in France, to create yet another racing record. Image: AFP

Honda's young racing sensation Marc Marquez has set another MotoGP record with his win a the French GP in Le Mans - he's now the youngest rider to have won five senior races in a row from pole.

The record was set by Briton Mike Hailwood 52 years earlier.

He started from pole - another five out of five so far in 2014 - but first-corner jostling among the riders sent him way down to 10th after being forced wide in Turn 2 as the riders re-aligned but with Nicky Hayden now down and out of the race.

With 25 laps to go, Marquez and team mate Dani Pedrosa were running eighth and ninth with Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) swopping the lead.


With 20 laps to go Marquez swept past Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) and Dovizioso. Marquez was pressuring everybody and while Pedrosa was faililng to make progress slid past Rossi to take the lead with about a dozen laps to go.

On the last lap it was Marquez, Rossi, Alvaro Bautista (Yamaha) Pol Espargaro (Yamaha) and Pedrosa heading for the line - and that's how it finished.

The rest of the top 10 finishers were, in order, Lorenzo, Bradl, Dovizioso, Aleix Espargaro and Bradley Smith (Yamaha).

Result from the 2014 French MotoGP at Le Mans
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 44min03.925
2 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 44min05.411
3 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 44min07.069
4 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 44min07.642
5 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 44min08.002
6 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 44min11.013
7 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 44min15.452
8 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 44min26.028
9 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 44min26.551
10 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 44min27.033
11 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Ducati 44min29.705
12 Scott Redding (Britain) Honda 44min43.448
13 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati 44min46.469
14 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda 44min46.661
15 Karel Abraham (Czech Republic) Honda 45min00.569

Standings after the 2014 French MotoGP at Le Mans
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda - 125
2 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda - 83
3 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha - 81
4 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati - 53
5 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha - 45
6 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda - 39
7 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha - 38
8 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha - 37
9 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha - 34
10 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda - 26
11 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati - 25
12 Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Honda - 23
13 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda - 21
14 Scott Redding (Britain) Honda - 18
15 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati - 16
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