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MotoGP 2014 Valencia race results
Marquez ends the 2014 season in winning style
2014 MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez ended the season in style by breaking yet another record of thirteen premier class wins in a season.
Marquez’s new record for the most victories in a single premier class season tops Mick Doohan’s 1997 record of 12 wins.
Iannone led from the start, but Marquez worked his way through the pack taking the lead just before Iannone made a mistake causing him to drop off from the leading pack.
Undecided weather saw light rain fall for a few minutes which saw Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Iannone take a gamble and switch to their wet set-up bikes on lap 20. Lorenzo opted to pull into the pits as the dry track ripped up the wet tyres and Iannone finished 22nd.
Valentino Rossi crossed the line in second matching his position in the Championship standing along with his 13th podium of the season. Repsol Honda’s Pedrosa finished third leaving him fourth in the Championship standings.
Ducati team-mates were at play throughout the majority of the race at Valencia with Andrea Dovizioso crossed the line 0.068s between himself and Cal Crutchlow for fourth and fifth.
Rookie Pol Espargaro finish sixth leaving him sixth in the Championship standings ahead of his team-mate Bradley Smith who crash, but was able to remount to claim 14th.
Pol crossed the line 0.284s ahead of his older brother Aleix Espargaro which left him behind his rookie brother in the Championship standings.
LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl finished in eighth whilst wild card Michele Pirro finished ninth and GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Scott Redding rounded out the top ten.
Making a wildcard and welcomed returned to MotoGP saw Randy de Puniet pull into the pits on-board the Suzuki GSX-RR development project.
1. Marc MarquezESP Repsol Honda Team 46:39.627
2. Valentino RossiITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 46:43.143 (+3.516)
3. Dani PedrosaESP Repsol Honda Team 46:53.667 (+14.040)
4. Andrea DoviziosoITA Ducati Team 46:56.332 (+16.705)
5. Cal CrutchlowGBR Ducati Team 46:56.400 (+37.884)
6. Pol EspargaroESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 47:17.511 (+38.168)
7. Aleix Espargaro*ESP NGM Forward Racing 47:17.795 (+41.803)
8. Stefan BradlGER LCR Honda MotoGP 47:21.430 (+45.710)
9. Michele PirroITA Ducati Team 47:25.337 (+51.191)
10. Scott Redding*GBR Go&Fun Honda Gresini 47:30.818 (+56.512)
11. Hector Barbera*ESP Avintia Racing 47:36.139 (+57.000)
12. Danilo Petrucci*ITA IodaRacing Project 47:36.627 (+57.000)
13. Nicky Hayden*USA Drive M7 Aspar 47:36.889 (+57.262)
14. Bradley SmithGBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 47:37.144 (+57.517)
15. Hiroshi Aoyama*JPN Drive M7 Aspar 47:38.402 (+58.775)
16. Alvaro BautistaESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini 47:38.491 (+58.864)
17. Karel Abraham*CZE Cardion AB Motoracing 47:42.016 (+1:02.389)
18. Alex De Angelis*RSM NGM Forward Racing 47:55.422 (+1:15.795)
19. Michael Laverty*GBR Paul Bird Motorsport 48:5.936 (+1:26.309)
20. Broc Parkes*AUS Paul Bird Motorsport 48:16.839 (+1:37.212)
21. Mike Di Meglio*FRA Avintia Racing 1 lap
22. Andrea IannoneITA Pramac Racing 1 lap
DNF. Jorge LorenzoESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
DNF. Randy De PunietFRA Team Suzuki MotoGP
DNF. Yonny HernandezCOL Pramac Racing
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