Fourth win from fourth pole for dominant Marquez

MotoGP Jerez Race Repsol Honda reaction
Sunday, 4 May 2014

Marc Marquez took his fourth victory of the season from pole at the Gran Premio bwin de España in Jerez, a circuit he had never previously won at.

The Repsol Honda rider also claimed the fastest lap of the race with a 1’39.841. His colleague Dani Pedrosa was third as he also continued his run of podium finishes.

An early lead from the Movistar Yamaha pair of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo did not discourage a dominant Marquez who lost several places over the opening corners. The young Spaniard had overtaken both by the end of the first lap.

It was a lonely race from there as the current MotoGP™ World Champion focused on extending his lead at the front. No-one was able to challenge him from the moment he retook the lead.

A smiling Marquez commented, “I’m really happy, it’s a different kind of victory. I struggled a little bit this weekend and the level is so high with Pedrosa, Jorge and Valentino who are all very strong. In the beginning I was able to open a gap and push. I know that Dani and Valentino are so strong at the end of the race and with new tyres I felt better than on old tyres so I pushed very hard at the start.”

Looking ahead to round five he added, “Le Mans is a weekend with a big question mark over the weather. We finished third there in the wet last year and we feel strong in the dry. But for the moment we’ll enjoy this victory and get ready to test tomorrow.”

Teammate Pedrosa suffered with a lack of front-end feel on the opening laps. He focused on a steady rhythm and was able to catch and pass Lorenzo on lap 20, but was unable to pass Rossi despite several attempts.

Pedrosa said, “It was a very hard race from the beginning, I couldn’t control the bike very well as I had the front end closing. I couldn’t push and almost crashed twice. I went for a rhythm I knew I could handle. I sat behind the Yamahas for the whole race. Towards the end the bike felt better so I over took Lorenzo. Unfortunately two laps from the end I was closing on Rossi but had a rear end slide and lost contact. It was a tough race and difficult not to crash. Tomorrow we have a very important test, but now we congratulate Marc!”

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