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Marc Marquez extends MotoGP lead with victory at Laguna Seca

Marquez gains a 16 point lead in this season's MotoGP
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Monday, 22, Jul 2013 03:29

by Daniel Mackrell

Honda Repsol rider Marc Marquez has become the first rookie to win the Laguna Seca MotoGP after a scintillating race yesterday (21 July).

The results of the Round 9 race have extended Marquez's title lead to 16 points ahead of Dani Pedrosa as the MotoGP reaches its halfway point of the season.

Marquez managed to pass Yamaha veteran Valentino Rossi on the famous 'corkscrew' corner to gain second position, before eventually overtaking Stefan Bradl during the 18th lap.

It was Marquez's second win in a row, after claiming victory in the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring the week before.

Bradl started the race in first position for the first time in his MotoGP career, making him the first German to start in pole position during the modern era.

He followed this up by winning his first podium position in MotoGP, finishing in second place.

There has been talk of whether Bradl will remain with the LCR Honda team next season, but he took this opportunity to show his worth.

After being overtaken by Marquez, Valentino Rossi found himself battling for 3rd place with Alvaro Bautista, who came very close to passing him towards the end of the race.

British rookie Bradley Smith was unfortunate to drop out of the race early on because of a mechanical problem, and his Monster Yamaha Tech-3 team-mate Cal Crutchlow finished the race in 7th position.

Ducati team-mates Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso spent a lot of the race fighting for 8th position, clashing on a few occasions, and even swapping places multiple times during the 24th lap, before Hayden clinched it by a very narrow margin.

Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa both raced with injured collarbones, but it didn't stop them from battling for 5th place, which was eventually claimed by Pedrosa.

Lorenzo had announced on Twitter that he would miss the race through injury, but decided to travel to Laguna following a check up.

His courageous decision to ride so soon after shoulder surgery means that he is still very much in contention to successfully defend his 2012 championship title.

After a four-week summer break, the next MotoGP race will take place in Indianapolis on 18August.

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