Márquez takes sixth win in a row at Mugello
1 June 2014 – Marc Márquez made its six MotoGP wins in succession with victory in the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, but only after a spectacular scrap with Jorge Lorenzo.
Márquez dropped to third at the start, but then quickly moved back to second and shadowed Lorenzo, setting up a thrilling final third to the race, with the lead swapping back and forth until Márquez's crucial pass on the straight on the final lap.
Lorenzo tried to respond, but in the end it was the Repsol Honda that crossed the line first, 0.121 seconds ahead.
Valentino Rossi was third, 2.5 seconds back, after a stunning start that saw the Movistar Yamaha man quickly move through the pack from his lowly 10th on the grid.
Initially Andrea Iannone led, however, pulling off another surprise after his strong run in qualifying on Saturday to head the pack into Turn 1, with Lorenzo second, despite contact with Cal Crutchlow, and Márquez third. Iannone was soon passed though, first by Lorenzo and then by Márquez and later Rossi, while Crutchlow lost the front at Turn 3 early on, collecting Stefan Bradl.
Back at the front, Lorenzo and Márquez continued to circulate very closely with never more than 0.3 seconds between them until the battle ramped up a notch with 7 or so laps to go.
Rossi was unable to stay with the duel for the win and gradually slipped back, with Iannone also fading as the race progressed, despite putting up a good fight with Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa eventually came in fourth, 11.1 seconds off P3 after recovering from a poor first few laps, with Pol Espargaró and Andrea Dovizioso fifth and sixth. Iannone had to settle for seventh.
Álvaro Bautista, Aleix Espargaró and Yonny Hernández took positions eight through to ten, ahead of Ducati wildcard rider Michele Pirro, Karel Abraham, Scott Redding and Hiroshi Aoyama. Colin Edwards took the final point in 15th.
In terms of retirements, in addition to Crutchlow and Bradl, Bradley Smith crashed out on lap 4, while Hector Barbera and Michel Fabrizio both retired due to mechanical issues.
In the Championship standings, Márquez now adds another 25 points to his tally, taking him to a maximum 150 points from six events, 53 ahead of Rossi. Pedrosa slips down to third – one point back – with Lorenzo in fourth on 65 and Dovizioso fifth with 63.
MotoGP shifts to Catalunya next with that event taking place in two weeks time.