MotoGP: Marc Márquez Wins 1st GP Victory

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Mugello, considered one of the fastest and difficult Grand Prix circuits, was the scene of the first motorcycle GP World Championship victory of Alzamora’s protégé, Marc Márquez.

The race was not at all easy, as after starting from the second row – sixth best time on the prior days timesheets -, he was seventh after the first lap, recovering from a bad start in the first lap.

However, nobody waits in the closest category in the World Championship and by the time Márquez had climbed to third, Nico Terol and Pol Espargaró were already two and a half seconds ahead.

With Bradley Smith behind the Repsol rider, they both gradually closed the gap on the pair riding up front, until they reached them in the ninth lap. From then on, the four riders – Márquez, Espargaró, Terol and Smith – swapped the leading position among them, letting the laps pass by while they each prepared their strategy.

Despite several attempts to break away, one of them by the Repsol rider, everything was eventually going to be decided in the last lap of this difficult and demanding circuit.

Márquez approached the straight to the finish line at the start of the first lap seeking a good slipstream and achieved his initial goal: reach the end of the straight first.

From then on, a fast pace in the last lap, covering all of the gaps, allowed him to cross the finish line first with a minute advantage of 0.039 seconds over the rider who came in second, fellow Spaniard Nico Terol.

With this victory, the first in his sporting career in the Motorcycling World Championship, Marc Márquez scores 25 points, allowing him to climb to third in the overall standings, 28 points behind the leader – Terol – and 22 behind second place Espargaró.

Marc Márquez (1st 39’53.153 sec) says: “I’m very happy with this win. It was important to get the goal of coming first in a race out of the way and the first objective has been accomplished. It’s done now and we have to enjoy the moment, but tomorrow will be another day and we’ll have to come back down to earth and starting thinking about Silverstone.”

“It was a very tough race and at the beginning, it looked like Nico [Terol] and Pol [Espargaró] had broken away but I felt more confident and trusted in myself to push hard to try to catch them. Lap by lap I picked up a pace that we hadn’t been able to get all weekend. I finally caught them and the race completely changed. Strategy has been key today and we’ve started studying our rivals, watching how the machines went in the final straight.”

“My team has done a fantastic job today and my machine was very fast, so we were able to ride up front. I decided to come out of the final lap first because I saw that I had a good top speed and it worked out. Luck was also on our side and I’m very grateful to everyone who has supported me all this time, to my family, my team, Emilio [Alzamora] and the sponsors Repsol and Red Bull, who have given me this opportunity that I’m not going to waste.”

GRAN PREMIO D’ITALIA – 125cc

Race Classification – Mugello, Sunday, June 06, 2010

Pos.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
12593Marc

MARQUEZ
SPARed Bull Ajo MotorsportDerbi157.839’53.153
22040Nicolas

TEROL
SPABancaja Aspar TeamAprilia157.8+0.039
31644Pol

ESPARGARO
SPATuenti RacingDerbi157.8+0.116
41338Bradley

SMITH
GBRBancaja Aspar TeamAprilia157.8+0.161
5117Efren

VAZQUEZ
SPATuenti RacingDerbi157.1+10.281
61035Randy

KRUMMENACHER
SWIStipa-Molenaar Racing GPAprilia157.1+10.364
7912Esteve

RABAT
SPABlusens-STXAprilia157.1+10.562
8871Tomoyoshi

KOYAMA
JPNRacing Team GermanyAprilia155.4+36.341
9714Johann

ZARCO
FRAWTR San Marino TeamAprilia155.4+36.411
10699Danny WEBBGBRAndalucia

Cajasol
Aprilia155.4+36.730
11594Jonas

FOLGER
GEROngetta TeamAprilia155.4+36.775
1245Alexis

MASBOU
FRAOngetta TeamAprilia154.8+45.871
13378Marcel

SCHROTTER
GERInterwetten Honda 125Honda154.8+45.879
14253Jasper

IWEMA
NEDCBC CorseAprilia154.8+45.895
15115Simone

GROTZKYJ
ITAFontana RacingAprilia154.8+46.060
1651Riccardo

MORETTI
ITAJunior GP FMIAprilia154.6+50.305
1784Jakub

KORNFEIL
CZERacing Team GermanyAprilia154.5+50.789
1895Alessandro

TONUCCI
ITAJunior GP Racing Team FMIAprilia154.4+53.145
1998Mattia

TAROZZI
ITAFaenza RacingAprilia152.7+1’19.447
2097Armando

PONTONE
ITAJunior GP Racing Team FMIAprilia152.7+1’19.541
2163Zulfahmi

KHAIRUDDIN
MALAirAsia – Sepang Int. CircuitAprilia152.7+1’19.545
2260Michael

VAN DER MARK
NEDLambretta Reparto CorseLambretta152.6+1’21.764
Not Classified
23Alberto

MONCAYO
SPAAndalucia CajasolAprilia154.84 Laps
92Luigi

MORCIANO
ITAJunior GP Racing Team FMIAprilia154.74 Laps
69Louis ROSSIFRACBC

Corse
Aprilia154.76 Laps
50Sturla

FAGERHAUG
NORAirAsia – Sepang Int. CircuitAprilia153.68 Laps
11Sandro

CORTESE
GERAvant Mitsubishi AjoDerbi152.113 Laps
32Lorenzo

SAVADORI
ITAMatteoni CP RacingAprilia149.516 Laps
96Tommaso

GABRIELLI
ITARacing Team GabrielliAprilia149.217 Laps
72Marco

RAVAIOLI
ITALambretta Reparto CorseLambretta146.017 Laps
87Luca

MARCONI
ITAOngetta TeamAprilia141.919 Laps
Not Starting
39Luis SALOMSPAStipa-Molenaar

Racing GP
Aprilia0 Lap