Márquez claims seventh win in Barcelona thriller
15 June 2014 – Reigning World Champion Marc Márquez claimed his seventh consecutive victory in a thrilling MotoGP race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.
Márquez battled throughout with Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha's Valentino Rossi, who finished in second place after leading much of the race.
Pedrosa started the race from pole position for the first time this season but lost out to Jorge Lorenzo down into the first corner.
Márquez slipped to fifth place at the start but quickly caught up with the leading group after finding a way past LCR rider Stefan Bradl, while up front Rossi took the lead away from team-mate Lorenzo.
Márquez climbed up to second and made a pass at Rossi but backed off due to confusion over yellow flags, before sealing the position with six laps remaining.
Márquez consequently came under pressure from team-mate Pedrosa after the Spaniard also displaced erstwhile race leader Rossi.
Pedrosa dived up the inside of Márquez twice on the final lap but both times the latter exited the corner in the lead; Pedrosa tried once more at Turn 11 but clipped the back of the sister Honda bike and slid wide, dropping to third behind Rossi.
Márquez eventually claimed victory by half a second over Rossi, with Pedrosa in third and Lorenzo a few seconds further back in fourth.
Bradl held onto the lead group for the early stages but ultimately settled for fifth, ahead of Aleix Espargaró and Pol Espargaró.
Andrea Dovizioso was the highest placed Ducati rider in eighth position, ahead of Andrea Iannone and Tech 3's Bradley Smith.
Cal Crutchlow failed to finish after retiring his Ducati with an apparent technical issue.
Márquez's perfect start to the year means that he has amassed the maximum 175 points, 58 clear of nearest rival Rossi.