Saturday, June 28, 2014

Repsol Honda's Marquez Wins 8th Race of Season, Pedrosa 3rd in Assen MotoGP Round 8

Press Release

TT Assen

Round 8 - Saturday, June 28th 2014

  Netherlands - Race Report

Weather conditions
wet/dry 19°C
Air temp
Track temp
Marquez makes it a perfect eight after dramatic Dutch TT

Marquez makes it a perfect eight after dramatic Dutch TT

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has taken his eighth win from eight races, continuing his flawless run in 2014, and has become the youngest rider to win eight successive premier class races (21 years 131 days), taking the record from Mike Hailwood (24 years and 71 days) who won the eighth of a 12-race winning sequence in 1964. Marc’s teammate, Dani Pedrosa, had a fantastic battle with Aleix Espargaro and took third place on the podium, alongside Andrea Dovizioso.
In true Assen style, the weather played a key part in today’s twenty-six lap race. As the riders left their garages for the starting grid, rain arrived and forced a delay to proceedings. Whilst some riders remained on the grid, both Marc and Dani returned to the garage to evaluate the best course of action and to decide if they should start on slicks or wet tyres. Both selected wet tyres and the race got underway at 14h20 local time.
Marc held his position from the start, and enjoyed an early battle with Dovizioso on the first lap, passing each other five times before passing him for the lead. Dani slipped down to fourth behind Aleix Espargargo as a fantastic battle began to develop. The track began to dry quickly with a dry line emerging and on lap six most of the front runners chose to enter the pits to swap bikes for the dry set-up on slicks. They filtered back on track and began to rediscover their rhythm but Marc made a small mistake on lap eight and Dovizioso passed him to take the lead. Dani was tucked in behind Espargaro and on lap nine they passed each other a few times but Dani wasn’t able to complete the pass. On lap twelve rain flags were shown again and the bikes with wet set-up were prepared in the pit lane. Thankfully the weather held off and didn’t worsen, enabling the Repsol Honda riders to continue their chase.
Dani briefly passed Espargaro on lap sixteen but was again passed back and Marc passed Dovizioso on the final turn and began to push, setting a fastest race lap (lap nineteen). Meanwhile Dani managed to pass Espargaro on lap eighteen and built himself a comfortable gap to take the final spot on the podium – his 90th podium in MotoGP.
Marc has now won in every class at Assen – MotoGP (2014), Moto 2 (2012 and 2011) and 125cc (2010) – and he celebrates this eighth win in a row with his brother, Alex, who also won on his Honda in the Moto3 class earlier today. He now has a perfect 200 points from 200 and leads the Championship by 72 points over Rossi. Dani is in third place but equal on points with Rossi (128).
Team Quotes
Marc Marquez profile image
Marc Marquez
1st - Championship Standing: 1st - 200 points
"It was a tough day because this was a race where I could have lost many points, but we were still able to extend our lead in the Championship so I'm very pleased with how it has gone and how we dealt with the flag-to-flag. It was our first experience of a race like this, with both wet and dry conditions, and we even had a little scare after the bike change. We are very happy with this victory and to have got a very important 25 points on a weekend we had circled on the calendar”
Dani Pedrosa profile image
Dani Pedrosa
3rd - Championship Standing: 3rd - 128 points
"It was a very difficult race and was even a bit chaotic at first, when it came to having to decide which tyres to put on the bike. I kept a cool head and chose the option of wets, because at first the track was a little damp. I should have pushed more in the opening laps - but I chose not to incase it rained again - as the track began to dry out. The rain didn’t come and I had a good fight with Aleix for the podium in the dry. I am happy to have taken the rostrum finish, because you never know how races like today’s might go, but this one went well for us and we are now focusing on doing a good job in Germany”

race results

  TT Assen - Round 8
1Marc Marquez93ESP25Repsol Honda TeamHONDA43'29.954
2Andrea Dovizioso4ITA20Ducati TeamDUCATI+6.714
3Dani Pedrosa26ESP16Repsol Honda TeamHONDA+10.791
4Aleix Espargaro41ESP13NGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA+19.199
5Valentino Rossi46ITA11Yamaha FactoryYAMAHA+25.813
6Andrea Iannone29ITA10Pramac RacingDUCATI+29.003
7Alvaro Bautista19ESP9Go & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA+30.882
8Bradley Smith38GBR8Monster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA+30.985
9Cal Crutchlow35GBR7Ducati TeamDUCATI+44.031
10Stefan Bradl6GER6LCR Honda MotoGPHONDA+48.662
11Broc Parkes23AUS5Paul Bird MotorsportPBM+51.863
12Scott Redding45GBR4Go & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA+1'00.329
13Jorge Lorenzo99ESP3Yamaha Factory RacingYAMAHA+1'04.641
14Karel Abraham17CZE2Cardion AB MotoracingHONDA+1'05.980
15Danilo Petrucci9ITA1IodaRacing ProjectIODA-SUTER+1'17.611
16Hiroshi Aoyama7JPN Drive M7 AsparHONDA+1'19.753
17Nicky Hayden69USA Drive M7 AsparHONDA+1'27.630
18Hector Barbera8ESP Avintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI+1'28.142
19Yonny Hernandez68COL Pramac RacingDUCATI1 lap
20Mike Di Meglio63FRA Avintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI1 lap
21Michael Laverty70GBR Paul Bird MotorsportART & PBM1 lap
22Colin Edwards5USA NGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA3 laps
23Pol Espargaro44ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHADNF

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Circuit Information

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Length4.542 m / 2.822 miles
Left corners6
Right corners12
Longest straight487 m / 0.303 miles
TT Circuit Assen
De Haar 9
9405 TE Assen
The Netherlands
Pole Position1m 33.713s (174.481km/h) Casey Stoner, Honda, 2012
Race Lap1m 34.548s (172.940km/h) Dani Pedrosa, Honda, 2012
Race Time41m 18.629s (171.518km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2010)
2013 Race WinnerValentino Rossi (Yamaha)
2014 Race WinnerMarc Marquez (Honda)
  Honda Racing Corporation
3-15-1, Senzui, Asaka-shi, Saitama-Pref., 351-0024 Japan

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