2014 Jerez MotoGP Results

2014 Jerez MotoGP Results
Ducati Team's Andrea Dovizioso

2014 Jerez MotoGP Results

Spoiler Alert: 2014 MotoGP results from Jerez, Spain, posted below.

We can ask it one more time – can anyone stop Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez in 2014 MotoGP?

The 21-year-old Spaniard began 2014 with a win at Qatar just four weeks after breaking is right leg, and followed this up with two dominating performances at Circuit of the Americas – where he swept every session – and Argentina’s Termas de Rio Hondo.

And following a few day’s break, the MotoGP Championship headed to Europe for the Grand Prix of Spain at Jerez. Under scorching conditions, the Repsol Honda pilot Marquez led two of four free practices, and broke the circuit record during qualifying en route to his fourth pole in as many races.

The Spaniard continued this momentum Sunday into the 27-lap race at Jerez, taking his fourth-straight victory for a perfect record so far in 2014 MotoGP. The victory was also extra special for the RC213V pilot, considering it was his 100th GP start.

The last rider to win four straight races was Mick Doohan in 1992. But Marquez is the only other rider to win the opening four from the pole besides Giacomo Agostini (1971).

Joining Marquez on the Jerez MotoGP podium were Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi and Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, respectively.

Before more than 115,000, Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso got to turn one first from sixth on the grid. But by turn 2, Marquez jumped into the lead followed by Rossi. Two turns later, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo followed suit.

Marquez and Rossi battled, swapping the lead numerous times. But by the end of lap 2, Marquez had a comfortable lead, and began opening up a gap as Rossi, Lorenzo and Pedrosa battled behind.

Two separate crashes occurred on lap three – Cardion AB Racing’s Karel Abraham and Ducati’s Michele Pirro. Abraham would rejoin the grid, but crash once again with 17 laps to go, and suffer another DNF for no points.

With 21 to go, Marquez was more than two seconds ahead of the grid. Once again, Marquez said hasta luego to his fellow riders, and continually opened up his lead. By mid race, Marquez would build a four-second lead over Rossi, who was running alone at the time in second.

With 10 to go, Lorenzo and Pedrosa crept up on Rossi. Seven laps to go, and Pedrosa passed Lorenzo for third. Pedrosa began chasing down Rossi, and though he got close, he couldn’t pass the nine-time World Champion.

Rossi would finish second, taking his second podium of the season (the first arrived at the season opener in Qatar where Rossi finished second). Pedrosa finished third for his fourth podium in as many races. Lorenzo, who turned 27-years old Sunday, settled for fourth while competing in his 200th Grand Prix race.

Following a huge battle with NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro and GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, Dovizioso once again took the top position for Ducati, finishing fifth.

As for his teammate Cal Crutchlow, he retired early in the race. The Brit did not start at last weekend’s Argentina MotoGP round due to recovering from a hand injury that he sustained in a crash at Circuit of the Americas. Crutchlow was off the pace throughout the practice sessions, and was forced to retire.

With three laps remaining, Espargaro had a huge wobble, which dropped him to seventh. Though he would put up a fight, he had to settle for seventh behind Bautista. Once again, Aleix Espargaro was the top Open-class finisher.

Rounding out the top 10 were the Monster Tech 3 duo of Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro, respectively, and LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl.

Also retiring from the race were Avintia Racing’s Mike de Meglio, who had tire issues, and NGM Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards, who had technical issues. As for the other American on the grid, Drive M7 Aspar’s Nicky Hayden finished 11th.

With his fourth-straight MotoGP victory, Marquez has a perfect 100 points as he continues to re-write the record books. Pedrosa is in second, 28 points behind. In third is Rossi, 39 behind Marquez.

The series now breaks for two weeks before heading to Le Mans in France for round five of 18.

2014 Jerez MotoGP Results:

12593Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda157.845’24.134
22046Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha157.7+1.431
31626Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda157.7+1.529
41399Jorge LORENZOSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha157.3+8.541
5114Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati156.2+27.494
61019Alvaro BAUTISTASPAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda156.2+27.606
7941Aleix ESPARGAROSPANGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha156.2+27.917
8838Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha156.2+27.947
9744Pol ESPARGAROSPAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha156.1+29.419
1066Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda155.9+32.872
11569Nicky HAYDENUSADrive M7 AsparHonda155.7+35.490
1247Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNDrive M7 AsparHonda155.5+40.083
13345Scott REDDINGGBRGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda155.3+43.830
14268Yonny HERNANDEZCOLEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati154.8+52.295
1518Hector BARBERASPAAvintia RacingAvintia154.7+54.873
1670Michael LAVERTYGBRPaul Bird MotorsportPBM154.0+1’06.182
1723Broc PARKESAUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM153.1+1’23.420
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5Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha154.51 Lap
29Andrea IANNONEITAPramac RacingDucati153.75 Laps
63Mike DI MEGLIOFRAAvintia RacingAvintia144.96 Laps
17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingHonda149.217 Laps
35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRDucati TeamDucati153.823 Laps
51Michele PIRROITADucati TeamDucati151.125 Laps

2014 MotoGP Championship Point Standings (after four of 18 rounds):

1Marc MARQUEZHondaSPA100
3Valentino ROSSIYamahaITA61
4Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiITA45
5Jorge LORENZOYamahaSPA35
6Stefan BRADLHondaGER30
7Aleix ESPARGAROForward YamahaSPA30
8Bradley SMITHYamahaGBR28
9Andrea IANNONEDucatiITA25
11Nicky HAYDENHondaUSA23
12Hiroshi AOYAMAHondaJPN19
13Scott REDDINGHondaGBR14
14Yonny HERNANDEZDucatiCOL13
15Alvaro BAUTISTAHondaSPA10
17Karel ABRAHAMHondaCZE8
18Colin EDWARDSForward YamahaUSA7
20Hector BARBERAAvintiaSPA2