Marquez ecstatic to continue winning streak

Marquez ecstatic to continue winning streak
Sunday, 1 June 2014

Marc Marquez won his sixth straight MotoGP™ race at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM from his sixth pole position of the season.

A fantastic race long battle with Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) saw Marquez emerge victorious again. The Yamaha rider took an early lead but Marquez began to hunt him down after only the third lap. As the second half of the race began the battle became more intense with frequent passing.

Marquez eventually claimed victory by just 0.121s as both Spaniards dragged to the line. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) completed the podium in third on his 300th GP start.

This win makes Marquez the first rider since 2002 to win six successive MotoGP races and the first rider since Giacomo Agostini in 1971 to win the opening six races of the year in the premier class. Marquez can now also claim a 50% win rate in MotoGP, an impressive stat.

 “I’m really happy, I think this is the toughest race of this year. I was struggling in the beginning, Jorge was very strong mid corner. He carried a lot of speed. With the used tyres I felt better, like in the practice. Everything was perfect, we were able to overtake him on the straight due to a change we made to sixth gear. I’m really happy for the team too. We now go to the home track, it will be a difficult race, but we’ll try to fight for victory again,” he said looking back at the race.

Responding to a question on race strategy, he added, “When I passed Jorge I knew immediately he would come back. That’s why I didn’t push 100%. I was on the limit behind him so I pushed for one lap to try to be calm. On the last lap I pushed 100% to get the win.”

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