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MotoGP: Post report from round six at Mugello

Lorenzo, Rossi and Marquez (left to right) celebrate up on the podium
Lorenzo, Rossi and Marquez (left to right) celebrate up on the podium
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MotoGP: Post Report from round five at Le Mans

Marquez is breaking record after record

Marc Marquez makes it five wins in a row at round five of the MotoGP at Le Mans after coming back from tenth

Monday, 02, Jun 2014 11:23

by Philip Lovegrove

Marquez makes it six wins out of six from pole this season, after a classic battle with Lorenzo at round six of the MotoGP at Mugello, while Rossi marks his 300th Grand Prix appearance with a podium finish

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez kept up his impressive unbeaten start to the season by recording his sixth straight victory from pole at the Mugello circuit in Italy on Sunday (1 June), but was pushed to the limit by a resurgent Jorge Lorenzo.

The two Spaniards tussled all the way throughout the race, exchanging the lead over the last seven laps, before the reigning champion slipped in front on the home straight of the final lap and held on up to the chequered flag - 0.123 seconds ahead.

It was arguably one of the most exciting MotoGP races in recent years, and despite it being Marquez' first top-level Italian Grand Prix victory, much of the praise was given to the heroics of the Movistar Yamaha rider, who made it the closest finish this year.

Speaking after the race, Marquez was understandably delighted, but knew he was made to work extremely hard to get the victory: "It was a great battle but this time I only enjoyed it when I passed the finish line because Jorge was so strong and I was pushing, nearly crashing in every corner.

"It was so difficult," he added. "We had some small contact which got my attention and after that we did a really nice battle on the last lap and I pushed to try and overtake at the end of the straight and open a small gap."

Marquez is now a massive 53 points clear of his nearest rival Valentino Rossi in the world championship standings, but the Spaniard is not getting carried away just yet, saying: "Everything looks very, very nice but we must remember it is only the sixth race. We need to try to keep the same mentality, same riding style.

"Of course there will be some races where they will be stronger than us. Like here, we can say that Jorge was stronger but even like that we were able to fight with him and beat him on the last lap," he added.

Having led for the majority of the race, and exchanging the lead as many as 11 times in the last seven laps, Lorenzo proved to fans he was back on form, showing some of his best riding since winning last year on the Italian circuit.

"I'm happy, I could be more happy if I had won but I tried my best," said the Spaniard. "Probably in the last corner I should have stayed more in the inside to try to overtake him on the inside line but I made a mistake and went wider and it was impossible to overtake him on the straight.

"I've worked really hard to be more physically fit and the team also worked very hard this weekend to give me a great bike, so thank you to them," he went on.

Home hero Rossi couldn't deliver the dream win that local fans were craving on his 300th MotoGP start, but still managed to claim a third place finish.

Despite starting in tenth position on the grid, the Movistar Yamaha rider thrilled fans by taking three positions on the first corner and was up into fifth place by the second lap. He made light work of passing Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso into fourth, and with 20 laps to go he overtook Andrea Iannone into third.

There were small signs that the nine-time world champion could catch up with the front two, but in the latter stages of the race they were just too far ahead to make ground on, as he crossed the line 2.688 seconds behind Marquez.

Hundreds of fans descended onto the Mugello circuit to celebrate the astonishing career of the Italian, as all three riders took to the podium.

It was memorable day for all MotoGP fans, and Rossi was blown away by the home support, saying: "Today was a great day for all the people and for MotoGP. Mugello is one of the greatest race tracks in the world.

"The podium in Mugello is always fantastic, it's the most special moment of the season, and it's like a great concert. It's a great party for MotoGP and motorcycling because the passion in Italy is amazing."

Asked about his landmark achievement, 'The Doctor' added: "This is my 300th GP, so I'm in the middle of my career, another 300 before the end!"

Behind the podium places, Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa fought back to finish fourth after losing ground with a low-key early few laps. He was made to fight hard by a determined Iannone who eventually had to settle for seventh behind Pol Espargaro and Dovizioso who finished fifth and sixth respectively.

Elsewhere it was a disappointing day for the Brits, as Tech 3 Yamaha's Bradley Smith crashed out on the third lap and Cal Crutchlow did the same just a lap later.

The Ducati rider's bike slid down the track and unfortunately took out Stefan Bradl's LCR Honda, but luckily both walked away unharmed.

"From the first three corners of the race I had no feeling with the front and as soon as I opened the gas I lost the front," said a devastated Crutchlow. "I'm so sorry for Stefan. Having seen his crash this morning and then making a big effort to make the race it was unfortunate that he got taken out by my bike."

Riders will now prepare for round seven of the MotoGP at the Catalunya circuit on 15 June. Can Marquez make it an incredible seven wins on the bounce?

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