Dominant Márquez storms to fourth straight win

Dominant Márquez storms to fourth straight win

4 May 2014 – Marc Márquez maintained his unbeaten start to the 2014 season as he claimed his fourth successive victory at Jerez.

Márquez, who had never previously won at the Spanish circuit in any category, beat Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa to claim victory on his 100th Grand Prix start.

The majority of the action occurred across the opening couple of laps as Andrea Dovizioso briefly took the lead from Márquez, but the Italian rider ran deep into the first corner and allowed the reigning champion back through. Rossi took the lead down into the hairpin but Márquez muscled his way through at the final corner, before the #46 Yamaha briefly re-took the advantage. Márquez subsequently battled his way back through and rapidly opened up a lead to pull away from Rossi.

Rossi, Lorenzo and Pedrosa lapped at a similar pace until Lorenzo began to slip back and he was eventually passed by the Honda rider, who started to hunt down Rossi. Pedrosa got the gap down to a couple of tenths of a second but ultimately had to settle for third.

Lorenzo came home in fourth, while Dovizioso led a close scrap for fifth as he led a train of bikes across the line on the final lap. The Ducati rider, Álvaro Bautista, Aleix Espargaró and Bradley Smith were all separated by less than a second, while Tech 3's Pol Espargaró and LCR's Stefan Bradl rounded out the top 10.

British rider Cal Crutchlow was an early retirement after a front brake problem with his Ducati, while team-mate Michele Pirro crashed out of the race. Andrea Iannone suffered a low side at the hairpin while Mike Di Meglio pulled into the pits with a suspected mechanical problem. Danilo Petrucci did not start after breaking his wrist during the warm-up earlier in the day.

Márquez's fourth straight win means he now leads the championship by 28 points, with Rossi 39 points behind in third. Lorenzo is now 65 points down on Márquez.

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