Jul 13

Marquez Wins Ninth Straight MotoGP Contest After Hectic Race Start

Marc Marquez now has 15 career victories in 26 starts. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

now has 15 career victories in 26 starts. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Marc Marquez continued his astonishing winning streak with another clinically executed victory in the German Grand Prix, his ninth of the season.

If this incredible streak continues Marquez could wrap up his second consecutive World Championship by the Aragon GP in September, the 14th of 18 races this season.

Marquez showed again that nothing is beyond him on a motorcycle, recovering from the chaos of a massed start in pit lane to win the 30-lap race at the Sachsenring ahead of teammate .

Yamaha-rider was third with a strong performance that put him one place ahead of teammate Valentino  Rossi. This was Lorenzo’s first podium since his dramatic second place to Marquez at Mugello in June.

Marquez now leads the championship by 77 points over Pedrosa with Rossi in third and 84 points behind.

In Germany, Marquez stayed calm despite a traffic jam on pit lane at the end of the formation lap with a bunch riders making a dramatic switch to their spare bikes fitted with slick, dry tires.

He was joined by Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Rossi, Cal Crutchlow, Andrea Dovizioso and the Espargaro brothers Pol and Aleix.

A pre-race rain shower had seen all the top riders, except Germany’s Stefan Bradl in position three on the front row, go to the grid with rain tires in anticipation of a wet race.

The rain never came but it was a roller-derby style start with riders squeezed five abreast in pit lane and jostling for position at the green flag.

But Marquez stayed clam and sliced through the pack, tagged by Pedrosa, to chase down runaway early leader Bradl.

By mid-race he was in control of the lead and his tight battle with Pedrosa eventually easing down to win by 1.4 seconds.

“Everybody came into the pits to change tires because we saw it was completely dry on the sighting lap,” Marquez said.

“My strategy was to copy Dani and Valentino who are the main rivals for the championship. When I saw they headed to the pit lane I followed and we all changed to slicks and the rain did not come.

“It was nice at the beginning overtaking riders and then in the second part of the race I had a big battle with Dani, it was always 0.5s between us.

“I am really happy for this win and now it is time relax and recharge the body.”

At 21 years and 146 days, Marquez is now the youngest rider to win nine consecutive races, taking the record from Mike Hailwood who was 24 years and 86 days in 1964 when he won the 9th of 12 race streak.

This is Marquez’s 15th premier class win, equalling Alex Criville who was the first Spanish rider to win in the premier class world title in 1999.

He is the first rider to win the opening nine races of the season since Giacomo Agostini won first ten races of 1970.

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Jul 11

MotoGP: Marquez Nursing Sore Neck After Hard Crash In Practice

Marc Marquez was second quickest in the second German GP practice on Friday. (Photo: Getty Images)

was second quickest in the second practice on Friday. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez continued his freakish streak of escaping serious injury in body-bruising crashes in the opening practice for Sunday’s German Grand Prix.

Marquez admitted that the dramatic highside from his was “completely my fault” after staggering away from the nasty crash.

Marquez landed awkwardly on his neck after being flung from his RCV at full-lean angle in Turn 2.

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Jun 29

MotoGP: Lorenzo confesses to being haunted by crash fears in Assen

ASSEN, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 27:  Jorge Lorenzo of Spain and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rounds the bend  during the MotoGP of Netherlands - Qualifying at TT circuit on June 27, 2014 in Assen, Netherlands.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

of Spain and Movistar Yamaha rounds the bend during the of Netherlands – Qualifying on June 27, 2014. (Photo: Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

In a brutally honest self-appraisal, double-world champion Jorge Lorenzo admitted to being “scared” and haunted by a fear of crashing in Saturday’s Dutch TT.

In a chaotic race in wet-dry conditions that described as “very, very dangerous,” Lorenzo had flashbacks to his hugely painful crash at one year ago.

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Jun 28

MotoGP: Fantastic Marquez maintains winning form in complicated TT race

In another day of magic from , the Spanish speedster won his eighth consecutive race of the season to set another high-water mark in .

With his win in the DutchTT, Marquez can now claim to be the world’s fastest man on two wheels, and perhaps fastest swimmer.

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