Márquez beats Lorenzo for 11th win of 2014

Márquez beats Lorenzo for 11th win of 2014

31 August 2014 – Marc Márquez came out on top in a battle with Jorge Lorenzo to claim his 11th victory of the season in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Lorenzo and Márquez romped away from the rest of the field, with Márquez claiming the lead of the race after an assertive move with three laps remaining.

Further back, Valentino Rossi came out on top of a three-way scrap with Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso for the final podium position.

Lorenzo took the lead from pole man Márquez into Copse and the pair immediately broke free of a squabbling Aleix Espargaró, Dovizioso and Rossi.

Dovizioso and Rossi soon made their straight line speed advantage count to displace Espargaró, who consequently lost another position to Pedrosa.

Dovizioso and Rossi closed up behind Lorenzo and Márquez, while Pedrosa joined in the fun to make it a quintet of riders among the leading group. 

Dovizioso started losing time and Rossi pounced into Village on lap five, as Lorenzo and Márquez pulled away at the head of the field, over a second ahead of Rossi.

Rossi was unable to live with the pace of the leading duo and on lap nine he found himself powerless to defend against Pedrosa, who scythed up the inside into Brooklands to take third position having also got through on Dovizioso.

But Pedrosa was unable to make any in-roads on Márquez and a mistake at Stowe on lap 12 handed third position to Rossi, while Dovizioso sensed his opportunity and demoted Pedrosa into Village.

Up front, Márquez trailed Lorenzo for much of the race but the gap between them was never more than half a second and with seven laps to go the Honda rider was later on the brakes into Stowe, emerging from the corner in front of his rival.

Márquez started to gap Lorenzo but two laps later he erred at Stowe and ran too deep into the corner, handing the lead of the race back to the Yamaha rider.

Márquez hounded Lorenzo again and made the move into Village with three laps remaining, but Lorenzo hung on around the outside, seeming closing the door for his compatriot.

But Márquez retaliated by switching to the inside into The Loop, forcing Lorenzo to correct his bike and lose time in a move which was bold but fair, allowing Márquez into the lead of the race.

Márquez held on to cross the line seven tenths of a second ahead of Lorenzo, with Rossi eight seconds further behind in third place. Pedrosa and Dovizioso came close to passing Rossi towards the end but had to settle for fourth and fifth respectively.

Pol Espargaró was sixth for Tech 3, ahead of Stefan Bradl and Andrea Iannone, while Aleix Espargaró and Britain's Scott Redding rounded out the top 10. Ducati's Cal Crutchlow was a lowly 12th.

High profile casualties included home rider Bradley Smith, who ran a fine sixth early on but had to pit due to a mechanical issue and came 22nd, while Álvaro Bautista fell on the penultimate lap when on course for eighth.

Márquez now leads Pedrosa by 89 points, ahead of the next round in San Marino in a fortnight's time.

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