MotoGP Mugello Results 2014

June 1, 2014
Byron Wilson
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Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez maintained a perfect record for 2014 through Round 6 at Mugello, taking a hard-fought victory at the Italian circuit ahead of Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo. Local favorite and teammate to Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi finished his 300th Grand Prix in third-place.

Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone turned his front row start to an early lead as riders dove into the first corner, but had significant pressure to contend with from behind. Marquez, Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Lorenzo were bunched tight in pursuit of Iannone and the Mallorcan was first to overtake the Pramac rider for the lead before the end of Lap 1. Marquez was stalled briefly in third-place but moved ahead of Iannone during the first rotation as well, striving to keep Lorenzo in his sights.

Iannone wasn’t willing to go down without a fight though, and repassed Marquez the following lap. Dovi held steady in fourth but had a hard-charging Rossi closing in fast from behind. Rossi, who started 10th on the grid, made numerous passes during the initial laps in order to keep within range of the front runners. During these early stages a number of other riders suffered an early end to the competition. Dovi’s teammate, Cal Crutchlow, lost his machine mid-corner, sending the bike skidding across track into LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl. The German rider went flying off his bike and hit the tarmac hard, but was later reported to have sustained no serious injury. Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith also crashed out in a separate incident.

After the first three laps Rossi was ahead of Dovi and Iannone into the number three spot, but Marquez and Lorenzo had built a slight gap on the field. Though the Doctor pushed hard to close in on the two riders out front, he proved unable to contend for a higher position than third for the remainder of the race.

Further back, Marquez’s teammate, Dani Pedrosa, was clawing his way up the ranks after getting pushed back off the start. He was caught in a fight for fifth with Dovi and Smith’s teammate, Pol Espargaro, the three riders staying very close until Pedrosa found his way through the crowd. A little later the Repsol rider closed-in on Iannone for fourth-place and the two provided a spirited show for fans, swapping position a number of times as the Ducati rider aggressively defended his position. In the end Pedrosa made a pass stick and held to the checkers.

Out front meanwhile, Marquez was hunting Lorenzo with patience, slowly closing on the Yamaha ace and looking for opportune passing points. Halfway through the race Lorenzo had a slight mid-corner bobble which allowed Marquez to move right up to his rear tire, and from there the two champions turned laps nearly on top of one another. With eight to go Marquez made his first move to the front, drafting past Lorenzo on entry to Turn 1. Marquez was able to make the pass stick for a period, but Lorenzo furiously trailed the Repsol rider and answered back a few laps later.

The final laps were marked by close battle and plenty of position swapping, the two riders entering more than one turn side-by-side in a dual for the lead. Lorenzo appeared the more aggressive of the two at times, taking opportunities to pass mid-lap while Marquez maintained his strategy of drafting past down the straight before Turn 1. On the penultimate lap Lorenzo regained the lead and held to the final corner, but Marquez remained within inches of his rear tire and passed for the front entering the final lap. Lorenzo looked desperately for an opportunity to retaliate but Marquez defended the line well and squashed the Mallorcan’s hopes of earning the win.

“I am very happy with this win; Jorge and I had a really good battle and had a lot of fun out there,” said Marquez.”I wasn’t expecting the victory, because it has come at a circuit that I had marked on the calendar as being one for picking up Championship points –not thinking about winning the race. However, I saw that it would be possible and took more risks than at other races, because Jorge and Vale were very fast and we were finding it difficult to keep up the same pace. I think that we did a great job all weekend, and the change that we made to sixth gear in the warm-up was very important too; we did this to help pass using a slipstream at the end of the straight.”

Behind Pedrosa, Pol Espargaro gained ground to finish in fifth-place ahead of Dovizioso in sixth. Iannone dropped back to seventh, crossing the line over 10 seconds ahead of Go & Fun Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista. NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro took ninth while Energy T.I. Pramac Racing’s Yonny Hernandez scored 10th.

Marquez extends his points lead in the series to 53 over his closest challenger, now Rossi, who moves to second overall. Pedrosa is one point behind the Doctor in third followed by Lorenzo, who trails Marquez by 85 points in fourth.

MotoGP Mugello Results 2014
1. Marc Marquez (Honda)
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
3. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)
4. Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
5. Pol Espargaro (Yamaha)
6. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)
7. Andrea Iannone (Ducati)
8. Alvaro Bautista (Honda)
9. Aleix Espargaro (Forward-Yamaha)
10. Yonny Hernandez (Ducati)
11. Michele Pirro (Ducati)
12. Karel Abraham (Honda)
13. Scott Redding (Honda)
14. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda)
15. Colin Edwards (Forward-Yamaha)
16. Michael Laverty (PBM)
17. Broc Parkes (PBM)
18. Mike di Meglio (Avintia)

MotoGP Championship Points 2014
1. Marc Marquez, 150
2. Valentino Rossi, 97
3. Dani Pedrosa, 96
4. Jorge Lorenzo, 65
5. Andrea Dovizioso, 63
6. Pol Espargaro, 49
7. Aleix Espargaro, 44
8. Stefan Bradl, 39
9. Alvaro Bautista, 34
10. Bradley Smith, 34

2014 MotoGP Mugello Photos

Jorge Lorenzo led for much of the race at Mugello  but Marquez held close and made a late race pass for the win. Valentino Rossi celebrates his 300th Grand Prix at Mugello with thousands of adoring fans and a third-place finish. Hiroshi Aoyama  7  was the only Drive M7 Aspar rider on the GP grid at Mugello as Nicky Hayden pulled out of the round to address an injury.
Tech 3 grid girl looking good at Mugello. Aleix Espargaro  41  finished ninth at Mugello. Go   Fun Honda Gresini grid girl at Mugello.

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