Elite Eight: Marc Marquez Remains Undefeated With Win at Dutch Grand Prix
Marc Marquez is quite the showman. Despite eight straight wins to begin the 2014 MotoGP season, the young Spaniard’s run hasn’t been without its fair share of dramatics. At the Dutch Grand Prix in Assen on Saturday, Marquez (and the entire field) battled changing track conditions and made a near streak-ending error. And still, the reigning world champion kept his streak intact.
“I was very nervous before the race. The conditions were what no one wanted, very dangerous,” Marquez said. "We started on the right tires as we knew it would dry. To risk slicks was too dangerous. I made a small mistake after swapping. I was happy with second but then it stared raining a tiny bit. After that I settled into a rhythm and I passed Andrea [Dovizioso]. It was still very hard, I had to stay 100 percent concentrated
“The team had everything under control which helped me a lot, seeing them calm kept me calm," he continued. "They were so clever. The slick was too dangerous at the start, this was the key decision. I just concentrated on riding. It was hard going from wet to dry. But I felt better with each lap and I had a high pace throughout. I was able to push hard.”
Marquez’s win marked the first time a rider has won the first eight Grand Prixs since Giacomo Agostini accomplished the feat in 1971. Marquez now sits on a very comfortable 72-point lead in the championship standings, ahead of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Pedrosa, who are tied in second.
While trying to get to the pit to transition to his wet conditions set-up, Marquez nearly crashed, slipping off the course, but managing to stay upright. The mistake allowed Dovizioso to take a four second lead, but Marquez regained the top spot with 10 laps to go and did not relent.
Rossi struggled for the majority of the race and ended up fifth.
The series next heads to Germany.
Dutch Grand Prix Results
1. Marc Marquez (Spain) – Honda – 43:29.954
2. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) – Ducati – 43:36.668
3. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) – Honda – 43:40.745