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2014-05-04 15:01


MARC MARQUEZ: Four out of four with his MotoGP win today at Jerez in Spain. Image: AFP

Marc Marquez simply rode away with the 2014 Spanish MotoGP at Jerez on Sunday (May 4), putting himself in a zone of his own as he came home more than five seconds ahead of Valentino Rossi.

It was his fourth consecutive win from pole of the 2014 season - given his form and his motorcycle's speed, it certainly won't be is last. If fact it's hard to see - except for a fall - how he can be beaten.

It was a devastating - and probably demoralising - performance for the rest of the field as Marquez showed a class that just can't be matched on what was his 100th MotoGP.


Third behind Rossi was Dani Pedrosa on the second Honda after fighting valiantly for another Honda 1-2 but unable to get past Rossi.

Fourth was Jorge Lorenzo - not a happy result for him considering he was racing on his birthday - who qualified second on the grid on his Yamaha, and fifth Alvaro Bautista on yet another Honda.

More than 117 000 people crammed the stands in Andalucia, the city of Jerez down below the track packed with serried rows of thousands of parked motorcycles from all over Europe.

Marquez 4-in-a-row gives him a perfect 100 points from four races to top the championship standings by 28 points from team mate Dani Pedrosa with Valentino Rossi third on 61 points. At this stage, Marquez looks unbeatable for his second MotoGP championship after becoming, in 2013, the youngest rider to hold the title.

The next MotoGP will be at Le Mans in France on May 18 2014.

Result from the 2014 Spanish MotoGP
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 45min24.134
2 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 45min25.565
3 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 45min25.663
4 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 45min32.675
5 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 45min51.628
6 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 45min51.740
7 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 45min52.051
8 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 45min52.081
9 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 45min53.553
10 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 45min57.006
11 Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Honda 45min59.624
12 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda 46min04.217
13 Scott Redding (Britain) Honda 46min07.964
14 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati 46min16.429
15 Hector Barbera (Spain) Avintia 46min19.007

Points standings after the 2014 Spanish MotoGP
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda - 100
2 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda - 72
3 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha - 61
4 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati - 45
5 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha - 35
6 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda - 30
7 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha - 30
8 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha - 28
9 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati - 25
10 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha - 25
11 Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Honda - 23
12 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda - 19
13 Scott Redding (Britain) Honda - 14
14 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati - 13
15 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda - 10

2014 Spanish MotoGP qualifying
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 1min38.120
2 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 1min38.541
3 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 1min38.630
4 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 1min38.857
5 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 1min39.007
6 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 1min39.222
7 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 1min39.243
8 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 1min39.293
9 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 1min39.390
10 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 1min39.751

Moto2 qualifying
1 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 1min42.766
2 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Kalex 1min43.060
3 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex 1min43.174
4 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 1min43.222
5 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter 1min43.232
6 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 1min43.234
7 Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex 1min43.235
8 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Kalex 1min43.256
9 Marcel Schroetter (Germany) Tech 3 1min43.501
10 Johann Zarco (France) Caterham Suter 1min43.513

Moto3 qualifying
1 Jack Miller (Australia) KTM 1min46.17
2 Niccolo Antonelli (Italy) KTM 1min46.788
3 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda 1min46.867
4 Isaac Vinales (Spain) KTM 1min46.867
5 Alex Marquez (Spain) Honda 1min46.884
6 Francesco Bagnaia (Italy) KTM 1min47.012
7 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda 1min47.049
8 Niklas Ajo (Finland) Husqvarna 1min47.262
9 John McPhee (Britain) Honda 1min47.329
10 Romano Fenati (Italy) KTM 1min47.378
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