Yes, Marc Marquez won his sixth straight MotoGP™ race at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM from his sixth pole position of the season. Can you say perfection? However, it wasn’t a walk in the park like his five previous wins, considering Marquez came in just 0.123s over Jorge Lorenzo for the victory.
This was THE battle royale of the 2014 MotoGP season thus far. It was the closest anyone has come to touching Marquez in his six victories this year. The Spaniard stayed nearly glued to Lorenzo’s rear wheel before making his first move for the lead with only six laps to go (17 of 23 laps).
The Yamaha rider took an early lead, but Marquez began to hunt him down after only the third lap. This began the relentless back-and-forth battle. Marquez was using more of a long sixth gear on the straights to pass Lorenzo, only to then have Lorenzo repass him on the brakes. Overall, the pair exchanged the lead 11 times over the final seven laps, leaving fans and teams on the edge of their seats.
According to MotoGP.com, Marquez responded to a question on race strategy,
“When I passed Jorge I knew immediately he would come back. That’s why I didn’t push 100%. I was on the limit behind him so I pushed for one lap to try to be calm. On the last lap I pushed 100% to get the win.”
Each race is equally important for a rider and their teams, so when Ducati's Cal Crutchlow and LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl crashed on lap four ending their race efforts, both teams were devastated. They viewed Italy as one of the most important races of the season for their respective teams.
Crutchlow, who started from row two, was in eighth place when he lost the front end and slid down the track. His bike then hit Bradl’s bike, causing the German to have a awful “high side crash.” After both riders were forced to retire, Crutchlow said,
“First and foremost I’m really disappointed for Stefan as well. Obviously I never meant for the bike to take him out, it’s never something that you want to happen. I’m also really disappointed for his team as well, because to have only one rider in the race and then for me, or my bike, to take him out that is a disappointment. So I apologize to him for that and also to his team.”
It was an unlucky day for two riders and their teams, but that all adds to the thrill and competition of MotoGP, and why it’s one of the most exciting, and dangerous sports in the world. YOU were the only things missing from this EPIC affair, which is why you will be at the next MotoGP race in Marquez's hometown of Catalunya! Will he impress us all and win his seventh straight victory? Be there to find out!
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