Moto GP: Marquez makes it eight at the Dutch TT

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Marc Marquez has continued his perfect start to the 2014 Moto GP season by winning the Dutch TT race at Assen today, extending his streak of victories to eight.

The 21-year-old is perhaps the most dominant individual in motorsport at the moment, having not lost a race since November 2013. He became the youngest ever motorcycle world champion last year, and the first rookie to win the championship since Kenny Roberts in 1978.

In Assen, Marquez started in second place on the grid behind Aleix Espargaro, but took the lead at the start after making the right tire call. Wet conditions saw the riders choose between slicks and wets, with Valentino Rossi’s decision to start on the dry tire proving costly as he fell to the back of the field.

Conditions did improve during the race, allowing the riders to pit and switch to slick tires. Marquez lost the lead to Andrea Dovizioso after pitting, but moved back up into first place with ten laps remaining. From there, the Spaniard saw it out and finished six seconds ahead of Dovizioso. Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa finished a further four seconds back.

When crossing the line, Marquez made a swimming motion on his bike in honor of the wet conditions.

With eight straight wins, Marquez has a perfect score of 200 at the top of the standings, and is some 72 points clear of Rossi in second place. The next round in Germany could see him get to the halfway point of the season without losing a race, but he still faces a stiff challenge to win all eighteen rounds.

Mercedes’ dominance in Formula 1 may be impressive, but compared to Marquez’s efforts, it pales into insignificance.

Fernando Alonso confirmed for Toyota LMP1 test in Bahrain

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Fernando Alonso will take his first step towards a possible entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans when he tests an LMP1 car for Toyota on Sunday at the Bahrain International Circuit.

McLaren Formula 1 driver and two-time world champion Alonso is hoping to appear at Le Mans next year as part of his bid to become just the second man in history to complete the ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’.

Alonso has already completed one leg by winning the Monaco Grand Prix twice, and made his debut at the Indianapolis 500 in May with McLaren-Honda-Andretti, retiring late on due to an engine failure.

Momentum is building for Alonso to make his Le Mans debut with Toyota in 2018, starting with a first sports car run-out in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s end-of-season rookie test in Bahrain on Sunday.

Alonso arrived in Bahrain on Saturday to watch the six-hour WEC race as an invited guest of the Bahraini royal family, with his participation in the test being confirmed after the race.

“We are very excited that Fernando will test our car. When he visited us in Cologne everyone who met him could sense his enthusiasm and passion for our sport; he is a true racer,” Toyota Gazoo Racing team president Hisatake Murata said.

“We very much respect his interest in different forms of motorsport and it is a pleasure to offer him this chance to drive a hybrid LMP1 car. It will be interesting to hear his feedback on the TS050 Hybrid.”

Alonso will share running in the Toyota car with 19-year-old Thomas Laurent, who received a test as a prize for his star display during his rookie WEC campaign this year, while regular Toyota racer Mike Conway will also complete laps.