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MARQUEZ TAKES HONDA’S 100TH MOTOGP WIN AFTER THRILLER IN CATALUNYA

MOTOGP A FULL 2014

Marquez takes Honda’s 100th MotoGP win after thriller in Catalunya

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15 June 2014

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has continued his perfect season with his seventh consecutive win, marking Honda’s 100th victory since the introduction of the four-stroke MotoGP era, and has become just the second rider after Valentino Rossi to win seven successive MotoGP races since the category was introduced at the start of 2002. Teammate Dani Pedrosa battled to the end with Marc, but lost out after a last lap attempt and finished in third.

It was an incredible race which started at a very high tempo in front of 92,845 spectators. Dani and Marc, first and third on the grid respectively, fell to third and fourth on the first lap before Marc passed Dani into third on lap two, setting a new record race lap of 1’42.182 (beating Dani’s time of 1’42.358 from 2008). Valentino took the lead from Jorge Lorenzo on lap four and on lap six Marc and Jorge had a nice battle passing each other a few times, before Marc made it stick. Coming into turn one on lap seven Dani passed Jorge for third place and began to chase down his teammate Marc and on lap nine the two Repsol Honda riders passed each other twice, but Marc was able to hold onto second place.

Marc caught up with race leader Valentino and ran wide attempting a pass, briefly dropping down to third but the regaining second place immediately. Five laps later, on lap nineteen, Marc passed Valentino but saw a yellow flag, so he wanted to give back the position immediately. Dani also passed but realised something was strange so he followed Marc’s actions and conceded the position back, he kept close to the two riders battling and on lap twenty two he passed Valentino and chased down Marc.

On the final lap, both Repsol Honda riders displayed a masterpiece of riding as they passed each other four times before Dani made a small mistake and slightly touched Marc. He was forced to sit the bike up and ran slightly wide, allowing Valentino to pass him and claim second place as Marc won the race setting a new fastest race time with 42’56.914.

With his victory here in Catalunya, Marc has also become the youngest ever rider (21 years and 118 days) to win seven successive races in the premier class, taking the record from Valentino Rossi (23 years and 155 days) also riding a Honda. This victory marks the first time two brothers have won on the same day in the World Championship after Alex Marquez rode his Honda to victory in the Moto3 race earlier this morning.

Marc continues to extend his lead in the Rider’s Championship with 175 points with Dani in third on 112. Honda lead the Constructor’s Championship by 48 points, with a total of 175, and the Repsol Honda Team lead the Team’s Championship by 92 points, on 287 points. The next race will take place in Assen on the 28th June.

Marc Marquez:

1st – Championship Standing: 1st – 175 points

“I am delighted with this win because this is a track which I have always found difficult. You could see how tough it is for me this weekend: I missed out on pole for the first time this season and had my first crash of the year. The race was very hard with a battle against Dani, Jorge and Valentino. I think that the last few corners were especially spectacular, with the moves by Valentino and Dani. I am very happy about taking another 25 points and also to win on the same day as my brother at home in front of all our fans! It’s something very special”

Dani Pedrosa:

3rd – Championship Standing: 3rd – 112 points

“It was a very good, hard-fought race because we had four riders up at the front for most of the race. There was a lot of overtaking and it was very intense, because we were going so fast. Overall I am very satisfied, even though the end result was not the best; we fought hard and I felt much better physically. I’ll take the positives from this race: I got my wish of being up at the front, both in practice and on the early laps of the race, and I ended the race fighting with Marc for the victory!”

race results

Gran Premi de Catalunya – Round 7
Pos. Rider Num. Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 ESP 25 Repsol Honda Team HONDA 42’56.914
2 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA 20 Yamaha Factory YAMAHA +0.512
3 Dani Pedrosa 26 ESP 16 Repsol Honda Team HONDA +1.834
4 Jorge Lorenzo 99 ESP 13 Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA +4.540
5 Stefan Bradl 6 GER 11 LCR Honda MotoGP HONDA +11.148
6 Aleix Espargaro 41 ESP 10 NGM Mobile Forward Racing YAMAHA +14.213
7 Pol Espargaro 44 ESP 9 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA +16.127
8 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA 8 Ducati Team DUCATI +16.175
9 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA 7 Pramac Racing DUCATI +18.040
10 Bradley Smith 38 GBR 6 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA +24.781
11 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL 5 Pramac Racing DUCATI +37.153
12 Nicky Hayden 69 USA 4 Drive M7 Aspar HONDA +43.299
13 Scott Redding 45 GBR 3 Go & Fun Honda Gresini HONDA +43.407
14 Michele Pirro 51 ITA 2 Ducati Team DUCATI +55.157
15 Hiroshi Aoyama 7 JPN 1 Drive M7 Aspar HONDA +59.191
16 Broc Parkes 23 AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM +1’00.906
17 Michael Laverty 70 GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART & PBM +1’01.284
18 Colin Edwards 5 USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing YAMAHA +1’06.121
19 Hector Barbera 8 ESP Avintia Racing MotoGP FTR-KAWASAKI +1’25.195
20 Michel Fabrizio 84 ITA IodaRacing Project IODA-SUTER +1’40.665
21 Mike Di Meglio 63 FRA Avintia Racing MotoGP FTR-KAWASAKI DNF
22 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR Ducati Team DUCATI DNF
23 Alvaro Bautista 19 ESP Go & Fun Honda Gresini HONDA DNF
24 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Cardion AB Motoracing HONDA DNF

Rider standings

Sunday, June 15th 2014
Pos. Rider Num. Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Marc Marquez 93 ESP 175 Repsol Honda Team HONDA
2 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA 117 Yamaha Factory YAMAHA
3 Dani Pedrosa 26 ESP 112 Repsol Honda Team HONDA
4 Jorge Lorenzo 99 ESP 78 Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA
5 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA 71 Ducati Team DUCATI
6 Pol Espargaro 44 ESP 58 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA
7 Aleix Espargaro 41 ESP 54 NGM Mobile Forward Racing YAMAHA
8 Stefan Bradl 6 GER 50 LCR Honda MotoGP HONDA
9 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA 41 Pramac Racing DUCATI
10 Bradley Smith 38 GBR 40 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA
11 Alvaro Bautista 19 ESP 34 Go & Fun Honda Gresini HONDA
12 Nicky Hayden 69 USA 27 Drive M7 Aspar HONDA
13 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL 27 Pramac Racing DUCATI
14 Scott Redding 45 GBR 24 Go & Fun Honda Gresini HONDA
15 Hiroshi Aoyama 7 JPN 24 Drive M7 Aspar HONDA
16 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR 15 Ducati Team DUCATI
17 Karel Abraham 17 CZE 13 Cardion AB Motoracing HONDA
18 Colin Edwards 5 USA 8 NGM Mobile Forward Racing YAMAHA
19 Michele Pirro 51 ITA 7 Ducati Team DUCATI
20 Hector Barbera 8 ESP 2 Avintia Racing MotoGP FTR-KAWASAKI
21 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA 2 IodaRacing Project IODA-SUTER
22 Broc Parkes 23 AUS 1 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM
23 Michael Laverty 70 GBR 0 Paul Bird Motorsport ART & PBM
24 Mike Di Meglio 63 FRA 0 Avintia Racing MotoGP FTR-KAWASAKI
25 Michel Fabrizio 84 ITA 0 IodaRacing Project IODA-SUTER

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