Who else could we be talking about other than the Marc Marquez! The still undefeated, defending World Champion scored his eighth straight MotoGP™ victory of 2014 on Saturday, in front of 90,000 at the Dutch TT GP in Assen.
It marked the first time a rider won the first eight Grand Prix since the great Giacomo Agostini back in 1971. Marquez now has an almost unbelievable 72-point lead in the championship standings over Rossi and Pedrosa, who are now tied in second. That’s very nearly a three-race wins worth of a lead.
The start of the race was delayed due to extreme rain, causing chaos on the grid, each team attempted to make quick changes to their bikes to give riders the best advantage in the wet.
Marquez stretched his lead from Valentino Rossi in the standings; Andrea Dovizioso finish 6.714 seconds behind Marquez, it marked his best result of the season and second podium of 2014. Dani Pedrosa came in third after battling with pole winner Aleix Espargaro for much of the race.
Assen brought the elements and the intensity. According to cyclenews.com, “If any race looked a bit shaky for the series leader it was Assen.” Marquez crashed in the morning warm-up session. Parkes and Rossi started from pit lane after deciding to switch to wet race set-up. Danilo Petrucci had an issue with his bike and it died at the starting line.
“Before the race I was quite nervous because it’s a race that nobody want because it’s so dangerous and so complicated to know which is the best strategy,” Marquez explained, according to MotoGP.com. “We started on rain tires. We know in six or seven laps it would be dry, but it was too dangerous at the beginning to go with slicks. And then when we changed the bikes I had a small mistake, I go out (wide) and then I come back and Dovi was in front. But then it start rain again in the mid, with remain 10 laps I think and after that again I catch Andrea. I overtake him. I had a better rhythm like more race in the free practice form. After that it just was a little bit easier, but even like that it was quite complicated because even in this condition it was quite difficult.”
The icing on top of the race was when Marquez celebrated his victory by crossing the finish line in swimming motion and then climbing a TV platform, waving to the fans and then politely shaking hands with the cameraman.
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