He’s done it again. Marc Marquez has won his seventh Moto GP race of the 2014 season, continuing his streak of victories and keeping his hopes of a perfect season alive.
The 21-year-old Spaniard is the most dominant individual in motorsport at the moment, and has taken the motorcycle racing world by storm since breaking through to the premier class last season.
However, this weekend in Barcelona, he was made to fight for the race win after a crash in qualifying and a race-long battle with Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi and Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa.
Starting from third place on the grid, Marquez dropped behind Rossi into fourth place, and was forced to bide his time before making up any positions. He got past compatriot Pedrosa to move up into third place, and disposed of Jorge Lorenzo just two laps later. However, Rossi was made of sterner stuff, and forced Marquez to fight for the race win.
With six laps to go, Marquez moved up into the lead, with Pedrosa following him past Rossi soon after. The two Honda riders then entered battle, and a late touch put both of their races in jeopardy. Pedrosa dropped behind Rossi and had to settle for third, but Marquez managed to hold on to win by half a second.
After seven rounds, Marquez has a perfect score of 175 points, and is on course to win his second world championship in as many seasons.
The American riders did not fare so well, with Nicky Hayden finishing down in 12th, whilst Colin Edwards came home in 18th place.