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GP Week : Issue 104
If it is possible to be called “Majestic” when you are just 17, Marc Marquez has surely earned the epithet. In familiar style, the Red Bull Derbi rider from Spain claimed a third victory in a row and his ninth in 15 races, starting from pole and dominating from the first lap to the last. His only slip came after a race in which he found the gusting wind increasingly difficult, but kept on pulling away all the same. On the slow-down lap, looking at the results on the big screen, he ran off track and into the sodden grass: “I am sorry for my mechanics, because the bike is very dirty,” he said. All else was spotless, with his closest title rival Nico Terol (Bancaja Aspar Aprilia) pushed down to third by the other contender Pol Espargaro (Tuenti Derbi). It had been Briton Bradley Smith (Aspar Aprilia) in front until the end of lap one, but Espargaro directly took over the pursuit while Terol pulled through even faster from seventh on lap one. He caught Espargaro on lap eight and went straight past, but the Derbi rider stuck with him as they pulled clear, and with seven laps to go went scything past through the daunting first corner and pulled away for second. An epic three-way battle for fourth was down to two by the last lap, with Efren Vazquez (Tuenti Derbi) and Smith crossing the line side by side. It took a video finish to give the place to the Spaniard. Esteve Rabat (Blusens Aprilia) was off the back by the finish, but all three of them had dropped Tomoyoshi Koyama (Team Germany Aprilia). The rest of the top ten were well spaced: Salom (Molenaar Aprilia) from team-mate Krummenacher then Danny Webb (Andalucia Cajasol Aprilia). Cortese (Mitsubishi Derbi) crashed out early on, and Alberto Moncayo likewise on the first lap. The championship is swinging towards Marquez, but with 50 points on the table he is far from home free. He has 272 points, Terol 260 and Espargaro 255. Smith is next on 182, then Rabat, Vazquez and Cortese (137, 136, 132). 125: Marquez is Mr Majestic again 40