Marquez Outduels Lorenzo In Italy
MUGELLO, Italy – An intense duel between Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo saw the defending MotoGP champion come out on top at the Mugello Circuit as Marquez earned his sixth-straight victory.
The two Spaniards put on a great show in front of the Italian crowd, battling for the lead for several laps, only for Marquez to clinch a sixth successive victory in 2014 by .121 of a second on the final lap.
At his 300th Grand Prix the yellow sea of fans were willing Valentino Rossi to capitalise on any mistake from the front two, and although Rossi had to settle for third by just less than three seconds it was still a great ride for him from 10th on the grid.
With Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and impressive rookie Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) the next two across the line – albeit more than 10 seconds further back – there were four Spaniards in the top five.
Behind them Italians Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) also got great support from the crowd en route to sixth and seventh respectively, with Iannone making a brilliant start and leading in the early stages having started second on the grid.
The top ten was completed by Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini), Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) and Yonny Hernandez (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing).