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|08-17-2014, 12:10 PM||#1|
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Marc Marquez’ MotoGP Win Streak Is Over At 10!
From fifth on the grid, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa returned to his best form to blast through the pack and eventually take victory by 0.410s from Lorenzo in front of more than 138,000 fans. For Lorenzo it was his third successive podium result and he also produced a great ride, having started in sixth on the grid.
Movistar Yamaha teammates Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi finish in second and third, respectively. Rossi doing so after injuring his hand during an FP4 crash the day before.
Rossi got his seventh top-three finish of 2014 in his 245th premier class race as he equaled Alex Barros’ all-time appearance record in the top class.
With Marquez finishing fourth, it is the first time this year that he did not win the race and this is the first time he has finished a MotoGP race off the podium. Marquez is of course still in a commanding position in the standings with a 77 point lead.
Marquez lost out in a mid-race battle for third with Rossi, having had a close fight with Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) in the opening laps. The two former Moto2 rivals clashed on two occasions.Iannone would later get the better of Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) for fifth in the final stages.
The top ten was completed by Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP), Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing), Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini).Home rider Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) scored points in 14th, with Nicky Hayden’s Drive M7 Aspar substitute rider Leon Camier scoring his first ever MotoGP point in 15th.
A crash and subsequent retirement saw Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) end his race early. Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Michael Laverty (Paul Bird Motorsport) both crashed out, whilst Danilo Petrucci (IodaRacing Project) and Yonny Hernandez (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing) both retired with technical issues.