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Marquez back to winning ways

2014-08-31 02:35:03

Marc Marquez claimed his 11th Premier Class victory of the season on Sunday when he came out on top of a thrilling battle with Jorge Lorenzo at Silverstone

Marquez back to winning ways Victorious again: Marc Marquez

Marquez started on pole but lost the lead to his Spanish compatriot into the first corner, but after a titanic battle between the pair, the reigning World Champion regained the lead on the 18th lap after a small mistake by Lorenzo at the Loop.

Another mistake, this time from Marquez, allowed Lorenzo to close the small gap to the World Champion, but the 21-year-old managed to snuff out the danger to finish seven tenth of a second ahead of the two-time title winner.

The victory was a welcome tonic for Marquez, who surprisingly finished fourth in Brno after making a flawless start to the 2014 season.

Valentino Rossi claimed the final spot on the podium, some eight seconds behind the leading pair after coming out on top of a battle with Daniel Pedrosa and Andrea Dovioso, which continued for most of the race.

By the halfway mark Pedrosa was in third place and looked like he could challenge the leaders, but was unable to shake off his pursuers and even dropped down to fifth at one point before successfully passing Dovizioso.

Tech 3 Yamaha rider seemed destined to finish as the ‘best of the rest’ in six place but his race was ruined after a wheel problem forced him into the pits on two occasions.

Instead, his team-mate Pol Espargaro ended up in sixth after coming out on top of a battle with with Stefan Bradl, Andrea Iannone and Alvaro Bautista, who crashed out just before the end of the race.

In ninth place was Aleix Espargaro - who at one point was running in third place - but fell back as the race progressed.

The top-ranking British rider was Scott Redding, who finished in tenth on his production-spec Gresini Honda in front of the Ducatis of Yonny Hernandez and Cal Crutchlow.

The other Brits competing - Leon Camier and Michael Laverty - finished in 16th and 17th respectively, narrowly missing out on scoring points at their home race.

General Classification

1 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team 40’51.835

2 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +0.732

3 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +8.519

4 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team +8.694

5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team +9.238

6 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +24.746

7 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP +26.717

8 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing +26.91

9 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing +33.455

10 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini +39.094

11 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing +40.255

12 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team +43.027

13 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing +52.245

14 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar +58.981

15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Forward Racing +59.164

16 Leon CAMIER GBR Drive M7 Aspar +1’05.680

17 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport +1’10.939

18 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Octo IodaRacing Team +1’16.834

19 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing +1’16.904

20 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing +1’34.939

21 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport +1’38.442

22 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1 Lap

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