MotoGP 2014: Jerez results

Fourth round, fourth win for Marquez, no podium place for Lorenzo

FOUR rounds into the 2014 MotoGP World Championship and Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has secured himself his fourth victory of the season at a circuit he’s previously never won at.

At his 100th Grand Prix, Marquez has become the first rider in 12 years to win the first four opening rounds of the season since Mick Doohan. Along with that, the 21-year-old also set the fastest lap of the race on lap 5 with a 1’39.841.

After a scrap with the two Movistar Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and notably Valentino Rossi, Marquez took the lead and by lap 12 was over four seconds ahead of Rossi who eventually finished second behind the young Spaniard.

Dani Pedrosa was once again over-shadowed by his Repsol Honda team-mate Marquez, but finished on the last step of the rostrum taking his ninth podium at the Jerez circuit.

8.5 seconds a drift of Marquez was Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo who finished fourth not only at his 200th Grand Prix, but also on his 27th birthday. 

Andrea Dovizioso finished as top Ducati in fifth as his team-mate Cal Crutchlow was forced to retire due to loss of braking power to the front which in turn did not help his hand injury that prevented the Manx resident from taking part in the Argentina Grand Prix last weekend.

Alvaro Bautista scored his first points of the 2014 season after finishing sixth after a last corner battle with Dovizioso, NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith all of whom finished within 0.5 seconds behind Dovizioso. There was relief for Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) as he picked up his first points of 2014 in sixth, finishing just 0.112s behind Dovizioso.

After a mistake from LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, rookie and Smith’s team-mate Pol Espargaro finished in ninth ahead of the German. 

Race Results:

1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team 45’24.134
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 45'25.565 (+1.431) 
3. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team 45'25.663 (+1.529) 
4. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 45'32.675 (+8.541)
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team 45'51.628 (+27.494)
6. Alvaro Bautista ESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini 45'51.740 (+27.606)
7. Aleix Espargaro ESP NGM Forward Racing 45'52.051 (+27.917)
8. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 45'52.081 (+27.947)
9. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 45'53.553 (+29.419)
10. Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP 45'57.006 (+32.872)
11. Nicky Hayden USA Drive M7 Aspar 45'59.624 (+35.490)
12. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Drive M7 Aspar 46'04.217 (+40.083)
13. Scott Redding GBR Go&Fun Honda Gresini 46'07.964 (+43.830)
14. Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing 46'16.429 (+52.295)
15. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing 46'19.007 (+54.873)
16. Michael Laverty GBR Paul Bird Motorsport 46'30.316 (+1:06.182)
17. Broc Parkes AUS Paul Bird Motorsport 46'47.554 (+1:23.420)

DNF. Colin Edwards USA NGM Forward Racing (1 lap)
DNF. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (5 laps)
DNF. Andrea Iannone ITA Pramac Racing (6 laps)
DNF. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (17 laps) 
DNF. Cal Crutchlow GBR Ducati Team (23 laps) 
DNF. Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Team  (25 laps) 
DNF. Danilo Petrucci ITA IodaRacing Project (26 laps)