Hat Trick! Marc Marquez Maintains Stellar Form, Wins Third Consecutive MotoGP Race to Begin 2014
If it wasn’t already clear after the first two races of the 2014 MotoGP season, Marc Marquez is in rare form right now. The 21-year-old Spaniard won in Argentina over the weekend, becoming the first rider in 43 years to win the the first three rounds from pole position.
However, unlike the his last race, Marquez had to work for this win at Termas de Rio Hondo . A rough first lap bumped him all the way down to sixth position, forcing him to work his way back up the leaderboard. The progress was incremental, but no less stunning. With eight laps to go, he managed to pass the then-leader, Jorge Lorenzo, and was able to hold on for the checkered flag.
“The first lap was very difficult and we lost some ground, but we focused and recovered well," Marquez said. "The key to winning this race was managing the tires well, especially the rear tire. My riding style can be very hard on rear tires, so I had to focus hard to save some tires for the end.
“But it was fun,” he continued. “Jorge opened the gap and I just kept pushing to catch him at the end.”
With his wins in Qatar and Austin, Texas, Marquez has achieved a perfect 75 points and sits atop the standings. Valentino Rossi, who finished fourth in Argentina, is in third with 41 points.