Jerez MotoGP: Marc Marquez flies to fourth straight win
|Sunday, May 4th 2014, 12:51 GMT|
Marc Marquez extended his unbeaten 2014 MotoGP run with another crushing victory at Jerez.
Despite insisting that he was relatively out of sorts at the Spanish Grand Prix venue, Honda rider Marquez was able to storm away from the competition.
He briefly lost the lead to Valentino Rossi's Yamaha during the opening lap dicing, but once in front proved unstoppable, leading by as much as five seconds.
Rossi hung on to second, resisting initial pressure from team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, and later from Dani Pedrosa's Honda.
Pedrosa overtook a fading Lorenzo with eight laps to go and crossed the line right on Rossi's tail, missing out on second by just 0.098s.
Lorenzo lost touch with this battle, feeling he had taken too much out of his tyres while recovering from his bad start.
Andrea Dovizioso won an enormous battle for fifth place, coming out on top of a last-corner dust-up to get to the flag just ahead of Alvaro Bautista, Aleix Espargaro and Bradley Smith.
Dovizioso's top-five finish was a boost for Ducati on a day when Cal Crutchlow retired early with brake problems and both Michele Pirro and Andrea Iannone crashed.
Results - 27 laps Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap 1. Marc Marquez Honda 45m24.134s 2. Valentino Rossi Yamaha +1.431s 3. Dani Pedrosa Honda +1.529s 4. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha +8.541s 5. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati +27.494s 6. Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda +27.606s 7. Aleix Espargaro Forward Yamaha +27.917s 8. Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha +27.947s 9. Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha +29.419s 10. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda +32.872s 11. Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda +35.490s 12. Hiroshi Aoyama Aspar Honda +40.083s 13. Scott Redding Gresini Honda +43.830s 14. Yonny Hernandez Pramac Ducati +52.295s 15. Hector Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki +54.873s 16. Michael Laverty PBM Aprilia +1m06.182s 17. Broc Parkes PBM Aprilia +1m23.420s Retirements/not classified Colin Edwards Forward Yamaha 26 laps Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati 22 laps Mike di Meglio Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 21 laps Karel Abraham Cardion Honda 10 laps Cal Crutchlow Ducati 4 laps Michele Pirro Ducati 2 laps