2014 Le Mans MotoGP Results

2014 Le Mans MotoGP Results
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Jorge Lorenzo

2014 Le Mans MotoGP Results

Spoiler Alert – 2014 MotoGP results from Le Mans Bugatti listed below

For the 27th time, Grand Prix racing headed to Le Mans. And under unusual sunny conditions Sunday at the French circuit that hosts the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, the man who continues to top the headlines put in his most impressive performance so far this season.

The man – or should we say kid? – Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez. He entered Le Mans MotoGP with a perfect record, the 21-year-old Spaniard winning the opening four rounds from the pole.

The factory Honda RC213V pilot then led three of four free practices at Le Mans, and shattered the qualifying record by over six-tenths of a second. Marquez led warm-up, and carried this momentum into the 28-lap Grand Prix, taking his fifth win of 2014 MotoGP.

But this wasn’t an easy win for Marquez; he would fall back to ninth on the opening lap. After charging through the field, he would take the lead with 16 to go, eventually finishing over a second ahead of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi. Taking the final podium position – his first of 2014 – was GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista.

Starting from third on the grid, Ducati Team’s Andrea Doviziso got to turn one of 14 first at the 2.6-mile Bugatti circuit. He was followed by LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Pol Espargaro and Rossi.

On turn two ahead of the Dunlop chicane during the opening lap, Drive M7 Aspar Honda’s Nicky Hayden and Pramac Ducati’s Andrea Iannone contacted each other, and Hayden crashed out. A lap latter, Iannone lost the front of his GP14, also crashing out.

Not getting his usual good start, Marquez got bunched in the middle behind Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo. And heading into turn 8, known as Garage Vert, Lorenzo stood his bike up, forcing Marquez to run wide and fall back into ninth.

On the second lap, Bradl was battling with Dovi for the lead, but the 35-year-old Rossi – a nine-time World Champion – was putting on the pressure. Behind, Marquez took eight from his teammate Dani Pedrosa, who won at a wet Le Mans last season. And up front, Rossi took second from Bradl.

The Italian Rossi immediately attached his fellow countryman Dovi, and an intense battle began, the two swapping the lead a few times. But Rossi got the best of Dovi, and by lap three he was comfortably out front.

As for Marquez, he began picking off the riders ahead of him. First it was Bautista for seventh, then Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith for sixth, and  Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo for fifth. Meanwhile, Dovizioso struggled on the Ducati GP14, eventually falling back to eight with 20 to go.

Marquez passed Lorenzo at the Dunlop chicane, and duplicated the inside move on Bradl and Espargaro to get into second with 18 to go. Two laps later, Marquez was directly behind the YZR-M1 piloted by Rossi.

Rossi then made a mistake at the Blue esses, running wide. This allowed Marquez easily take the lead with 16 to go.

Marquez then began his usual front-position ways, and immediately opened up a gap. He would lead as much as 3.5 seconds during the final laps.

At race’s end, Marquez would finish 1.486 seconds ahead of Rossi, which was VR46’s third second-place finish of 2014 MotoGP. Taking the final podium position – his first of 2014 – was Bautista.

The rookie Pol Espargaro would take fourth, his best finish of MotoGP, just ahead of Pedrosa. Lorenzo continued to struggle aboard the factory YZR-M1, finishing sixth. Rounding out the top 10 were Bradl, Dovizioso, NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith.

With Hayden crashing out on the opening lap, only one American finished the race – NGM Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards. The Texan had mechanical issues on the final lap, and would literally push his Yamaha across the line for 17th.

With his win, Marquez continues garnering records. He is now the youngest rider to win five consecutive races, taking the 1962 record held by Mike Hailwood (then 22-years old).

Marquez is now the first rider since Mick Doohan to win five successive races from the pole (Doohan won 10 successive races from the pole in 1997 aboard a Honda). Marquez also became the first rider since Giacomo Agostini (MV Agusta, 1972) to win the opening five races of the year in the premier class.

After five of 18 rounds, Marquez has a perfect 125 points, 42 ahead of teammate Pedrosa and 44 ahead of Rossi. Dovi is in fourth, 71 points behind, and Lorenzo fifth, 80 points behind.

The series now breaks for a week before heading to Mugello for the Grand Prix of Italy.

2014 Le Mans MotoGP Results:

12593Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda159.544’03.925
22046Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha159.4+1.486
31619Alvaro BAUTISTASPAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda159.3+3.144
41344Pol ESPARGAROSPAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha159.3+3.717
51126Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda159.3+4.077
61099Jorge LORENZOSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha159.1+7.088
796Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda158.8+11.527
884Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati158.2+22.103
9741Aleix ESPARGAROSPANGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha158.1+22.626
10638Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha158.1+23.108
11535Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRDucati TeamDucati158.0+25.780
12445Scott REDDINGGBRGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda157.2+39.523
13368Yonny HERNANDEZCOLEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati157.0+42.544
1427Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNDrive M7 AsparHonda157.0+42.736
15117Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingHonda156.2+56.644
1670Michael LAVERTYGBRPaul Bird MotorsportPBM155.2+1’14.123
175Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha154.8+1’19.723
1823Broc PARKESAUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM154.2+1’30.934
1963Mike DI MEGLIOFRAAvintia RacingAvintia154.0+1’34.521
Not Classified
29Andrea IANNONEITAPramac RacingDucati148.927 Laps
8Hector BARBERASPAAvintia RacingAvintia141.827 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
69Nicky HAYDENUSADrive M7 AsparHonda0 Lap

2014 MotoGP Point Standings after five of 18 rounds:

1Marc MARQUEZHondaSPA125
3Valentino ROSSIYamahaITA81
4Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiITA53
5Jorge LORENZOYamahaSPA45
6Stefan BRADLHondaGER39
8Aleix ESPARGAROForward YamahaSPA37
9Bradley SMITHYamahaGBR34
10Alvaro BAUTISTAHondaSPA26
11Andrea IANNONEDucatiITA25
12Nicky HAYDENHondaUSA23
13Hiroshi AOYAMAHondaJPN21
14Scott REDDINGHondaGBR18
15Yonny HERNANDEZDucatiCOL16
17Karel ABRAHAMHondaCZE9
18Colin EDWARDSForward YamahaUSA7
20Hector BARBERAAvintiaSPA2