Márquez storms to victory in Argentina

Márquez storms to victory in Argentina

27 April 2014 – Reigning World Champion Marc Márquez maintained his unbeaten start to the 2014 MotoGP season as he claimed victory in Argentina, becoming the first rider to take pole and victory in the opening three races in 41 years.

Márquez battled back from a poor first lap to take the lead midway through the race, while Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo completed the podium.

The crowd in Argentina played witness to a frenetic first couple of laps more reminiscent of a Moto3 race as the leading group swapped positions several times before Lorenzo claimed the lead, ahead of a charging Andrea Iannone. Márquez dropped to seventh at the start behind Stefan Bradl and Pedrosa but soon found his way back up into fourth.

Lorenzo opened up an advantage of over a second while behind him Valentino Rossi and Iannone battled for second, before the Yamaha rider ran wide just as the slow starting Márquez dispensed with Iannone.

Márquez rapidly ate into Lorenzo's lead as a three bike scrap for third began between Iannone, Bradl and Pedrosa, with the battling trio soon joined by the recovering Rossi.

Pedrosa eventually pulled clear of his rivals in third, ahead of Rossi and Bradl as Iannone slipped back.

Márquez duly sat behind Lorenzo for several laps before making his move down into the hairpin with nine laps remaining. Márquez immediately pumped in the fastest lap of the race to open up a healthy advantage while erstwhile leader Lorenzo soon had to switch attention to the other Honda of Pedrosa.

Lorenzo was powerless to prevent Pedrosa from passing him and the Honda rider made the move on the penultimate lap. Rossi came home a couple of seconds further back in fourth, ahead of Bradl and Iannone.

Bradley Smith led home Tech 3 team-mate Pol Espargaró in seventh, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Hiroshi Aoyama.

Nicky Hayden finished just outside of the top 10, ahead of Yonny Hernández, Karel Abraham and Scott Redding.
Álvaro Bautista once again hit the deck as he crashed on the first lap at the hairpin, and he was joined by Danilo Petrucci a few seconds later. Aleix Espargaró was also an early casualty but the Forward Racing rider was able to return to the circuit and claimed the final point in 15th.

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