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Marc Marquez Wins the French Moto GP at Le Mans

Marc Marquez made five wins out of five in 2014 this afternoon after enjoying victory at the Le Mans circuit in France.

The 2013 world champion won the race despite falling down to 10th by the end of the first lap, showing once again just how dominant he is in 2014.

Valentino Rossi once again showed that he is the best rider behind the superhuman Marquez by finishing in a strong second place.

Rossi had control of the race for many laps but was eventually caught by Marquez.

Alvaro Bautista produced a great performance to finish in third place after a good battle with Stefan Bradl and Pol Espargaro.

Marquez continued his 100% record in 2014

Marquez continued his 100% record in 2014

It was yet another disappointing race for Jorge Lorenzo who could only manage to finish in sixth position and was also beaten by Dani Pedrosa for fifth place.

Pedrosa is currently recovering from an ‘arm pump’ operation but was still able to get the better of Lorenzo.

The start of the race was full of excitement with Andrea Dovizioso taking the lead away from Marquez. Bradl and Pol Espargaro followed the Italian through as Marquez struggled going through the first bend.

The Yamahas of Rossi and Lorenzo also managed to get past Marquez after the first couple of corners. The race got worse for Marquez moments later when he had to react to a late-breaking Lorenzo, causing him to go wide and off the track.

Back at the front of the race Rossi fought his way past Bradl into second place, surely knowing in the back of his mind that he had to try and open up as big of a gap as possible over Marquez.

Rossi took the lead of the race on lap four, after swapping positions with Dovizioso on a number of occasions. By this point of the race Marquez had already made it up into seventh place.

Dovizioso began to fall back after losing the lead, with Bradl and Pol Espargaro taking the podium positions away from the Ducati rider.

Rossi managed to finish 2nd again

Rossi managed to finish 2nd again

Behind them, Lorenzo and Marquez were making their way through the field, disposing of Bradley Smith with ease. Marquez then found his way past Lorenzo on lap 7 and also overtook Dovizioso on the same lap following a mistake from the Italian.

By lap 9 Marquez was half-a-second quicker than the rest of the field and with in the space of two laps had fought his way up into second place after getting the better of Bradl and Pol Espargaro in similar moves.

Rossi was now in Marquez’s sights and it was now all too clear that today was going to be yet another victory for the 21-year-old.

Rossi managed to keep Marquez at bay at first but made a mistake on lap 13, allowing the Repsol Honda rider through after going wide.

This ultimately ended the race for victory but behind there was still a battle going on for the final podium spot between Pol Espargaro and Bautista.

Bautista ended up taking the final spot after making his move on lap 17. Behind them Pedrosa was starting to put in some good lap times and once again caught up with and overtook Lorenzo with just a few laps remaining.

At the front Marquez was long gone and took victory once again to extend his championship lead ahead of Rossi.

French Moto GP Results
10. Smith






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