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:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 159.5 44’03.925
2 20 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 159.4 +1.486
3 16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 159.3 +3.144
4 13 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 159.3 +3.717
5 11 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 159.3 +4.077
6 10 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 159.1 +7.088
7 9 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 158.8 +11.527
8 8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 158.2 +22.103
9 7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 158.1 +22.626
10 6 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 158.1 +23.108
11 5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 158.0 +25.780
12 4 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 157.2 +39.523
13 3 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 157.0 +42.544
14 2 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 157.0 +42.736
15 1 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 156.2 +56.644
16 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 155.2 +1’14.123
17 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 154.8 +1’19.723
18 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 154.2 +1’30.934
19 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 154.0 +1’34.521
Not Classified
29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 148.9 27 Laps
8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Avintia 141.8 27 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 0 Lap

2014 MotoGP Point Standings after five of 18 rounds:

os. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 125
2 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 83
3 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 81
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 53
5 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 45
6 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 39
7 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha SPA 38
8 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha SPA 37
9 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 34
10 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 26
11 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 25
12 Nicky HAYDEN Honda USA 23
13 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 21
14 Scott REDDING Honda GBR 18
15 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati COL 16
16 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati GBR 15
17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda CZE 9
18 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha USA 7
20 Hector BARBERA Avintia SPA 2


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