Sunday, May 18, 2014

Repsol Honda's Marquez Makes it 5 Wins on the Season, Pedrosa 5th at MotoGP Round 5 in LeMans

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Grand Prix de France

Round 5 - Sunday, May 18th 2014

  France - Race Report

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Unstoppable Marquez makes it five-in-a-row with another perfect weekend

Unstoppable Marquez makes it five-in-a-row with another perfect weekend

Repsol Honda sensation, Marc Marquez, has enjoyed a perfect weekend in Le Mans taking pole position (with a new record), setting a new fastest race lap (1’33.548 on lap 8) and crowning it with the victory (in a record time) in front of 88,222 spectators. He also became the youngest ever rider (21 years and 90 days) to win five successive races in the premier class, taking the record from Mike Hailwood (22 years and 160 days old). Teammate Dani Pedrosa struggled to find his rhythm in the 28 lap race, slowly progressing through the field from ninth on the grid to fifth by the chequered flag.
It was a chaotic start to the race with Marc slipping back from pole to ninth – after being pushed wide by Lorenzo – and Dani dropping a position to tenth by the end of lap one. As things began to settle down, and the race found it’s tempo, Marc started to pluck off the riders in front of him and by lap seven he was already up to fourth, with Dani also passing Smith and Dovizioso into seventh by lap nine. Marc then set the fastest lap of the race en route to passing Stefan Bradl and Pol Espargaro, and by lap thirteen he was on the tail of race leader Valentino Rossi. A slight error from the Italian gifted Marc first position and from this point he didn’t look back.
Dani found some rhythm on lap sixteen, passing Bradl and then on lap eighteen traded places twice with Lorenzo. On lap twenty he made the pass stick and took fifth place but despite a late challenge he was unable to close in on Pol Espargaro and finished 0.3s behind the fellow Spaniard, less then one second off the podium.
With his fifth win of 2014, Marc is the first rider since Giacomo Agostini in 1972, to win the opening five races of the year in the premier class, the first rider since Valentino Rossi in 2008 to win five successive MotoGP races and the first to win them all from pole since Mick Doohan in 1997, also on a Honda. He now extends his lead over Dani in the riders’ Championship to 42 points, Honda lead the constructors’ Championship by 38 points and the Repsol Honda Team lead the teams’ Championship by 82 points after five rounds.
Team Quotes
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Marc Marquez
1st - Championship Standing: 1st - 125 points
“I am really happy with this win, which was different to the other victories. I made a mistake at the start; maybe I was too relaxed off the line, then when Jorge passed me I had to take a wide line otherwise we would have touched and as a result, many riders overtook me. However, from that moment on I began a really good comeback it was a lot of fun, ending in my fifth consecutive victory. Although it might look easy to people, we are working extremely hard and this is the reward for the whole team!”
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Dani Pedrosa
5th - Championship Standing: 2nd - 83 points
“It was a very difficult race to manage, because I didn't get a bad start but had Iannone and Smith coming through very strong on the opening corner; they split the group and even pushed a rider off-track. However, this wasn't the main problem, I had an issue with the front tyre preventing me from making my way up the order. Every time that I tried to be more aggressive I had a lack of grip and it took many laps for me to move forward. It's a shame, because I didn't find a setup that allowed me to ride comfortably and we didn't have a good race. I think I can go a lot faster here than what we saw today”

race results

  Grand Prix de France - Round 5
1Marc Marquez93ESP25Repsol Honda TeamHONDA44'03.925
2Valentino Rossi46ITA20Yamaha FactoryYAMAHA+1.486
3Alvaro Bautista19ESP16Go & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA+3.144
4Pol Espargaro44ESP13Monster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA+3.717
5Dani Pedrosa26ESP11Repsol Honda TeamHONDA+4.077
6Jorge Lorenzo99ESP10Yamaha Factory RacingYAMAHA+7.088
7Stefan Bradl6GER9LCR Honda MotoGPHONDA+11.527
8Andrea Dovizioso4ITA8Ducati TeamDUCATI+22.103
9Aleix Espargaro41ESP7NGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA+22.626
10Bradley Smith38GBR6Monster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA+23.108
11Cal Crutchlow35GBR5Ducati TeamDUCATI+25.780
12Scott Redding45GBR4Go & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA+39.523
13Yonny Hernandez68COL3Pramac RacingDUCATI+42.544
14Hiroshi Aoyama7JPN2Drive M7 AsparHONDA+42.736
15Karel Abraham17CZE1Cardion AB MotoracingHONDA+56.644
16Michael Laverty70GBR Paul Bird MotorsportART & PBM+1'14.123
17Colin Edwards5USA NGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA+1'19.723
18Broc Parkes23AUS Paul Bird MotorsportPBM+1'30.934
19Mike Di Meglio63FRA Avintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI+1'34.521
20Andrea Iannone29ITA Pramac RacingDUCATIDNF
21Hector Barbera8ESP Avintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKIDNF
22Nicky Hayden69USA Drive M7 AsparHONDADNF

Rider standings

Sunday, May 18th 2014
1Marc Marquez93ESP125Repsol Honda TeamHONDA
2Dani Pedrosa26ESP83Repsol Honda TeamHONDA
3Valentino Rossi46ITA81Yamaha FactoryYAMAHA
4Andrea Dovizioso4ITA53Ducati TeamDUCATI
5Jorge Lorenzo99ESP45Yamaha Factory RacingYAMAHA
6Stefan Bradl6GER39LCR Honda MotoGPHONDA
7Pol Espargaro44ESP38Monster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA
8Aleix Espargaro41ESP37NGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA
9Bradley Smith38GBR34Monster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA
10Alvaro Bautista19ESP26Go & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA
11Andrea Iannone29ITA25Pramac RacingDUCATI
12Nicky Hayden69USA23Drive M7 AsparHONDA
13Hiroshi Aoyama7JPN21Drive M7 AsparHONDA
14Scott Redding45GBR18Go & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA
15Yonny Hernandez68COL16Pramac RacingDUCATI
16Cal Crutchlow35GBR15Ducati TeamDUCATI
17Karel Abraham17CZE9Cardion AB MotoracingHONDA
18Colin Edwards5USA7NGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA
19Hector Barbera8ESP2Avintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI
20Danilo Petrucci9ITA2IodaRacing ProjectIODA-SUTER
21Broc Parkes23AUS1Paul Bird MotorsportPBM
22Michael Laverty70GBR0Paul Bird MotorsportART & PBM
23Mike Di Meglio63FRA0Avintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI
24Michele Pirro51ITA0Ducati TeamDUCATI

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Circuit Information

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Length4.185 m / 2.600 miles
Left corners4
Right corners9
Longest straight674 m / 0.419 miles
Automobile Club de l'Ouest
Circuit des 24 Heures
72019 Le Mans Cedex 2

T: +33 (0)2 43 40 24 00
F: +33 (0)2 43 40 24 88
Pole Position1m 32.042s (163.6km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
Race Lap1m 33.548s (161.1km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
Race Time44m 03.925s (159.5km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
2013 Race WinnerDani Pedrosa (Honda)
2014 Race WinnerMarc Marquez (Honda)
  Honda Racing Corporation
3-15-1, Senzui, Asaka-shi, Saitama-Pref., 351-0024 Japan

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