MotoGP: Marc Márquez Wins 1st GP Victory

MotoGP History

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.”

Race Classification
– Mugello, Sunday, June 06, 2010

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 93 Marc
SPA Red Bull Ajo Motorsport Derbi 157.8 39’53.153
2 20 40 Nicolas
SPA Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 157.8 +0.039
3 16 44 Pol
SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 157.8 +0.116
4 13 38 Bradley
GBR Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 157.8 +0.161
5 11 7 Efren
SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 157.1 +10.281
6 10 35 Randy
SWI Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP Aprilia 157.1 +10.364
7 9 12 Esteve
SPA Blusens-STX Aprilia 157.1 +10.562
8 8 71 Tomoyoshi
JPN Racing Team Germany Aprilia 155.4 +36.341
9 7 14 Johann
FRA WTR San Marino Team Aprilia 155.4 +36.411
10 6 99 Danny WEBB GBR Andalucia
Aprilia 155.4 +36.730
11 5 94 Jonas
GER Ongetta Team Aprilia 155.4 +36.775
12 4 5 Alexis
FRA Ongetta Team Aprilia 154.8 +45.871
13 3 78 Marcel
GER Interwetten Honda 125 Honda 154.8 +45.879
14 2 53 Jasper
NED CBC Corse Aprilia 154.8 +45.895
15 1 15 Simone
ITA Fontana Racing Aprilia 154.8 +46.060
16 51 Riccardo
ITA Junior GP FMI Aprilia 154.6 +50.305
17 84 Jakub
CZE Racing Team Germany Aprilia 154.5 +50.789
18 95 Alessandro
ITA Junior GP Racing Team FMI Aprilia 154.4 +53.145
19 98 Mattia
ITA Faenza Racing Aprilia 152.7 +1’19.447
20 97 Armando
ITA Junior GP Racing Team FMI Aprilia 152.7 +1’19.541
21 63 Zulfahmi
MAL AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 152.7 +1’19.545
22 60 Michael
NED Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 152.6 +1’21.764
Not Classified
23 Alberto
SPA Andalucia Cajasol Aprilia 154.8 4 Laps
92 Luigi
ITA Junior GP Racing Team FMI Aprilia 154.7 4 Laps
Aprilia 154.7 6 Laps
50 Sturla
NOR AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 153.6 8 Laps
11 Sandro
GER Avant Mitsubishi Ajo Derbi 152.1 13 Laps
32 Lorenzo
ITA Matteoni CP Racing Aprilia 149.5 16 Laps
96 Tommaso
ITA Racing Team Gabrielli Aprilia 149.2 17 Laps
72 Marco
ITA Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 146.0 17 Laps
87 Luca
ITA Ongetta Team Aprilia 141.9 19 Laps
Not Starting
39 Luis SALOM SPA Stipa-Molenaar
Racing GP
Aprilia 0 Lap



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