Untouchable: Marquez's Stunning Winning Streak Continues in Spain; Rossi Second
It was a dual for first between the reigning champ and the living legend in the heat of Jerez, Spain. However, Valentino Rossi’s position leading the race would be short-lived, with young Marc Marquez stealing back the lead and holding as much as a four-second cushion beyond the field. Marquez comfortably took the win, his fourth consecutive victory to begin the 2014 campaign.
“I’m really happy, it’s a different kind of victory. I struggled a little bit this weekend and the level is so high with [Dani] Pedrosa, Jorge [Lorenzo] and Valentino who are all very strong," Marquez said. "In the beginning I was able to open a gap and push. I know that Dani and Valentino are so strong at the end of the race and with new tires I felt better than on old tires, so I pushed very hard at the start.”
With hist win in the south of Spain, in his 100th Grand Prix, Marquez became the first rider to win the opening four premier class races of the year since Mick Doohan in 1992. Marquez had never previously won at Jerez in the World Championship.
The runner-up finish was Rossi’s first podium since the first event of the year in Qatar.
“We worked very hard this weekend, we improved the bike this morning, so I thought I would be able to be competitive. But the conditions for the race were very difficult for everyone and the pace was a bit slower," said Rossi, who now sits third in the season ratings. "I chose the extra hard tires for the front, it was a risk but I was worried about the medium for the end of the race. I think I made the right choice for the Yamaha as I could push hard. I was sliding a lot at the end of the race but I kept a good rhythm.”
The racers will next meet at the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix, south of Le Mans, France.
1. Marc Marquez (Spain) – Honda – 45:24.134
2. Valentino Rossi (Italy) – Yamaha – 45:25.565
3. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) – Honda – 45:25.663