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Austin MotoGP: Marc Marquez wins as Yamahas hit trouble

Marc Marquez wins Austin MotoGP race 2014

Marc Marquez led a dominant Honda one-two in an Austin MotoGP race that proved a disaster for the works Yamahas.

Andrea Dovizioso got Ducati back on the podium for the first time since September 2012 as he took third behind the second Honda of Dani Pedrosa.

But the factory Yamahas were only eighth and 10th after problems for both Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.

Lorenzo's issue was a gratuitous jump-start. The double world champion shot forward so early that he decided his only option was to accelerate away and try to build a lead before the inevitable ride-through penalty, which he took at the end of lap one.

Marquez had caught up to Lorenzo's tail even before he dived for the pits, and was unstoppable thereafter.

The world champion extended a 5.4-second lead over Pedrosa and was totally untroubled until the final corner of the final lap, when he made a shock mistake and nearly lost his bike, before regaining his composure and cruising past the chequered flag.

The battle for third place was a spectacular one throughout the race.

A storming start from Andrea Iannone put Pramac Ducati in the top three, where he remain for half the race.

Rossi looked the man most likely to demote his friend from a shock podium as he hacked through the top 10 pack.

But after one passing bid on Iannone went awry, Rossi began dramatically losing pace due to extreme front tyre wear.

He fell back to a distant eighth place, while slow-starting front-row qualifier Stefan Bradl and Dovizioso closed in on Iannone.

Valentino Rossi, Yamaha, Austin MotoGP 2014The Pramac man held on as long as he could before slipping back to a still career-best seventh place.

Dovizioso then overtook Bradl for third place, and managed to make a break when the LCR rider became caught up with a late-charging Bradley Smith, who had earlier despatched Tech 3 Yamaha team-mate Pol Espargaro.

Smith made it past Bradl with two laps to go only to run wide, leaving him to settle for fifth.

Lorenzo rapidly passed the midfielders but ran out of time to catch Aleix Espargaro for ninth.

Cal Crutchlow was in the top six battle at first, before pitting due to a problem with his Ducati's rear tyre.

He rejoined last, then crashed heavily, sustaining a reported hand injury.

Results - 21 laps:                                       
Pos Rider              Team/Bike                 Time/Gap
 1. Marc Marquez       Honda                   43m33.430s
 2. Dani Pedrosa       Honda                      +4.124s
 3. Andrea Dovizioso   Ducati                    +20.976s
 4. Stefan Bradl       LCR Honda                 +22.790s
 5. Bradley Smith      Tech 3 Yamaha             +22.963s
 6. Pol Espargaro      Tech 3 Yamaha             +26.567s
 7. Andrea Iannone     Pramac Ducati             +28.257s
 8. Valentino Rossi    Yamaha                    +45.519s
 9. Aleix Espargaro    Forward Yamaha            +47.605s
10. Jorge Lorenzo      Yamaha                    +49.111s
11. Nicky Hayden       Aspar Honda             +1m00.735s
12. Hiroshi Aoyama     Aspar Honda             +1m03.954s
13. Yonny Hernandez    Pramac Ducati           +1m07.333s
14. Karel Abraham      Cardion Honda           +1m27.972s
15. Hector Barbera     Avintia FTR-Kawasaki    +1m32.376s
16. Michael Laverty    PBM Aprilia             +1m32.543s
17. Danilo Petrucci    Ioda Aprilia            +1m39.176s
18. Mike di Meglio     Avintia FTR-Kawasaki    +1m51.962s
    Scott Redding      Gresini Honda              20 laps
    Colin Edwards      Forward Yamaha             18 laps
    Cal Crutchlow      Ducati                     11 laps
    Alvaro Bautista    Gresini Honda               3 laps
    Broc Parkes        PBM Aprilia                 3 laps

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