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GP Week : Issue 201
MOTOGP >>> nEWs MARc STIll PERFEcT Who is going to be the first rider to beat Marc Marquez in 2014? That is one of the questions being asked after the fourth round of the Championship at Jerez. The World Champion cleared out to take his first win at what had been the only circuit on which he had never won a race in MotoGP, Moto2 or 125cc GP racing. Marquez watched over the opening lap as Valentino Rossi took the lead, but once the Honda rider slipped past he quickly built up a 5s lead. He eased off at the end but still won easily from Rossi and Dani Pedrosa, who went within a tenth of making it a Honda 1-2. Pedrosa came from fourth place, overtaking Jorge Lorenzo and going within a tenth of running down Rossi for second. Lorenzo rued taking a hard rear tyre for the race, admitting that he should have chosen the softer option after testing the following day. A week earlier at the new Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina Marquez had to fight his way through from seventh on the opening lap. He caught Lorenzo in the second half of the race and sped away to lead home Pedrosa, with Lorenzo third ahead of Rossi. Ducati’s mixed season continued. In Argentina, Iannone starred, running as high as second before claiming a career-best sixth ahead of the Tech 3 Yamahas. A week after skipping Argentina due to injury Cal Crutchlow was an earlier stopper in spain with brake problems while both Andrea Iannone and Michele Pirro crashed. Of course, the other question being asked is ... can Marquez win all the races this season? At the moment, that looks like a possibility. 13 GPWEEK.com // 13 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: