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2014-08-31 14:55

HONDA AGAIN - THIS TIME AT SILVERSTONE: Honda's Marc Marquez came through for his 11th win of 2014 in the British MotoGP. Image: AFP


SILVERSTONE, England - 2013 MotoGP champion Marc Marquez powered to his 11th victory in 12 races in a thrilling British MotoGP battle here with fellow-Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo on Sunday.

Marquez, who had put his works Honda on pole for the 10th time in 2014, lost out to Lorenzo at the start but seized back the lead from Yamaha's double champion with seven laps to go after following what seems to be his regular 'why stress in the lead, leave it 'til later' game plan.

Lorenzo was not about to give up, going back in front two laps later when Marquez ran wide at Stowe.


That was not the end of it, with Marquez then barging through in a bodywork-banging move with the machines almost locked together and the pair crossing the line only 0.732sec apart.

Italian Valentino Rosso, making a record 246th start in the top category, finished third for Yamaha.

Marquez, who has been beaten only once in 2014, now has an 89-point lead over Pedrosa who won the previous round in the Czech Republic.

Marquez has 288 points, Pedrosa 199 and Rossi 189.


Marquez, who was beaten by Lorenzo in 2013's British GP, told BT Sport TV: "Jorge was much stronger than I expected. When I passed him the first time I expected to open a small gap but I did a small mistake and he came back.

"The battle was nice!"

Honda has won every race so far in 2014 but Lorenzo took Yamaha closer than ever to the top step of the podium and felt he had done all he could.

"Marc was the favourite but racing is racing and sometimes you get a surprise," the Spaniard, who led into the first corner, said. "I rode better than ever but it was not enough because at the moment the Honda is very good, even if our bikes have improved.

"The touch cost me half a second but, anyway, I was so tired by pushing at the limit and the rear tyre was destroyed."

MotoGP result
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 40min51.835
2 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 40min52.567
3 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 41min00.354
4 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 41min00.529
5 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 41min01.073
6 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 41min16.581
7 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 41min18.552
8 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 41min18.745
9 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 41min25.290
10 Scott Redding (Britain) Honda 41min30.929
11 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati 41min32.090
12 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Ducati 41min34.862
13 Karel Abraham (Czech Republic) Honda 41min44.080
14 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda 41min50.816
15 Alex de Angelis (San Marino) Yamaha 41min50.999

2014 MotoGP points
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda - 288
2 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda - 199
3 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha - 189
4 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha - 157
5 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati - 129
6 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha - 92
7 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha - 88
8 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati - 81
9 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda - 74
10 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha - 65
11 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda - 56
12 Scott Redding (Britain) Honda - 51
13 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Ducati - 40
14 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda - 39
15 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati - 32

Silverstone Moto2 result
1 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 38min29.795
2 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 38min29.858
3 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Kalex 38min29.998
4 Johann Zarco (France) Caterham Suter 38min32.569
5 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 38min37.824
6 Franco Morbidelli (Italy) Kalex 38min40.324
7 Sam Lowes (Britain) Speed up 38min40.359
8 Hafizh Syahrin (Malaysia) Kalex 38min47.508
9 Mattia Pasini (Italy) Kalex 38min47.597
10. Axel Pons (Spain) Kalex 38min47.830
11 Jordi Torres (Spain) Suter 38min47.893
12 Julian Simon (Spain) Kalex 38min48.085
13 Randy Krummenacher (Switzerland) Suter 38min48.615
14 Marcel Schroetter (Germany) Tech 3 38min49.346
15 Takaaki Nakagami (Japan) Kalex 38min50.665

Moto2 points
1 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex - 233
2 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex - 216
3 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Kalex - 166
4 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter 123
5 Simone Corsi (Italy) Kalex - 100
6 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter - 92
7 Johann Zarco (France) Caterham Suter - 72
8 Anthony West (Australia) Speed up - 65
9 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex - 62
10 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Kalex -58
11 Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex - 48
12 Marcel Schroetter (Germany) Tech 3 - 46
13 Franco Morbidelli (Italy) Kalex - 43
14 Sam Lowes (Britain) Speed up - 42
15 Xavier Simeon (Belgium) Suter - 39

Moto3 result
1 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda 38min11.330
2 Alex Marquez (Spain) Honda 38min11.341
3 Enea Bastianini (Italy) KTM 38min11.402
4 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Mahindra 38min11.453
5 Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic) KTM 38min15.930
6 Jack Miller (Australia) KTM 38min16.031
7 Niccolo Antonelli (Italy) KTM 38min16.097
8 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda 38min16.923
9 Danny Kent (Britain) Husqvarna 38min16.989
10 Niklas Ajo (Finland) Husqvarna 38min17.001
11 John McPhee (Britain) Honda 38min17.079
12 Karel Hanika (Czech Republic) KTM 38min17.270
13 Isaac Vinales (Spain) KTM 38min17.352
14 Juanfran Guevara (Spain) Kalex 38min17.534
15 Brad Binder (South Africa) Mahindra 38min17.656

Moto3 points
1 Jack Miller (Australia) KTM - 179
2 Alex Marquez (Spain) Honda - 166
3 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda - 150
4 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda - 145
5 Romano Fenati (Italy) KTM - 135
6 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda - 125
7 Isaac Vinales (Spain) KTM - 99
8 Enea Bastianini (Italy) KTM - 87
9 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Mahindra - 84
10 Danny Kent (Britain) Husqvarna - 73
11 Brad Binder (South Africa) Mahindra - 67
12 Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic) KTM - 67
13 John McPhee (Britain) Honda - 50
14 Niklas Ajo (Finland) Husqvarna - 45
15 Francesco Bagnaia (Italy) KTM - 42


Honda's MotoGP champion Marc Marquez had taken his10th  pole of the season ahead of the 2014 British MotoGP Prix on Saturday (Aug 30).

The Spaniard, who has won 10 of 11 races to date,was joined on the front row at Silverstone by Ducati's Italian Andrea Dovizioso and Yamaha's double champion Jorge Lorenzo.

Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, who ended team mate Marquez's run of 10 wins in a row at the Czech GP earlier in August, started fifth with Italian Valentino Rossi sixth on a Yamaha.

Bradley Smith was the leading British rider, qualifying seventh on the Tech3 Yamaha. e went out of the race with seven laps to to.

Silverstone MotoGP qualifying
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 2min00.829
2 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 2min01.140
3 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 2min01.175
4 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 2min01.448
5 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 2min01.464
6 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 2min01.550
7 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 2min01.593
8 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 2min01.747
9 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 2min01.973
10 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 2min02.064

Silverstone Moto2 qualifying
1 Johann Zarco (France) Caterham Suter 2min07.094
2 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 2min07.467
3 Simone Corsi (Italy) Kalex 2min07.487
4 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 2min07.632
5 Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex 2min07.906
6 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 2min07.979
7 Sam Lowes (Britain) Speed up 2min08.014
8 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Kalex 2min08.055
9 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Kalex 2min08.102
10 Franco Morbidelli (Italy) Kalex 2min08.123

Silverstone Moto3 qualifying
1 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda 2min13.112
2 Niccolo Antonelli (Italy) KTM 2min13.224
3 Alex Marquez (Spain) Honda 2min13.450
4 Enea Bastianini (Italy) KTM 2min13.711
5 Brad Binder (South Africa) Mahindra 2min13.768
6 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda 2min13.855
7 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Mahindra 2min13.888
8 Jack Miller (Australia) KTM 2min14.184
9 Isaac Vinales (Spain) KTM 2min14.324
10 Niklas Ajo (Finland) Husqvarna 2min14.384

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