Marquez opens his 2014 Campaign with Qatar GP Victory

By Brad Eveleigh ( @Brad_Eveleigh )

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Reigning World MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez has opened his 2014 account with a first place finish on the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP season in Qatar.

The 21-year-old started from Pole Position and claimed the top spot of the podium after a thrilling battle with his Italian rival, Valentino Rossi, who had to settle for second spot.

Marquez had his work cut out for him on the penultimate lap as he was forced to strangle his Repsol Honda to the limits, regaining the lead on two occasions from Rossi and done so with a fractured right Fibula.

At the conclusion of the race Marquez stated: “I enjoyed it. I did not think about the injury,”

“Last year he won, this year I won. I’m happy.”

“On the lap before the last we overtook each other two or three times, which was so nice.”

His Repsol Honda team mate and fellow Spaniard, Dani Pedrosa, claimed the third step on the podium after a battle with Alvaro Bautista who crashes out with only two laps to go.

Championship contended and 2012 World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo, crashed out in the very early stages after briefly leading the race.

Moto2: 1 – Esteve Rabat (ESP). 2 – Mika Kallio (FIN) 3 – Thomas Luthi (SWI).
*Takaaki Nakagami finished second but was disqualified due to a breach of Technical Regulations. Team appeal was rejected.

Moto3: 1 – Jack Miller (AUS). 2 – Alex Marques (ESP). 3 – Efren Vazquez (ESP)

Qatar MotoGP Results
1. Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 42:40.561
2. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 42:40.820
3. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 42:43.931
4. Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 42:52.184
5. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 42:52.720
6. Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Ducati 43:09.087
7. Scott Redding (Britain) Honda 43:13.154
8. Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Honda 43:13.189
9. Colin Edwards (U.S.) Yamaha 43:20.108
10. Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 43:23.921
11. Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda 43:27.156
12. Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati 43:27.249
13. Karel Abraham (Czech Republic) Honda 43:31.142
14. Danilo Petrucci (Italy) ART 43:43.688

MotoGP Championship Standings
25 – Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda (Spain)
20 – Valentino Rossi – Yamaha (Italy)
16 – Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda (Spain)
13 – Aleix Espargaro – Forward Yamaha (Spain)
11 – Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati (Italy)
10 – Cal Crutchlow – Ducati (Britain)
9 – Scott Redding – Honda (Britain)
8 – Nicky Hayden – Honda (U.S)
7 – Colin Edwards – Forward Yamaha (U.S)
6 – Andrea Iannone – Ducati (Italy)
5 – Hiroshi Aoyama – Honda (Japan)
4 – Yonny Hernandez – Ducati (Colombia)
3 – Karel Abraham – Honda (Czech Republic)
2 – Danilo Pertrucci – ART (Italy)
1 – Broc PARKES – PBM (Australia)

Pic: media fax

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