MotoGP: Marc Marquez takes comfortable victory in Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez
Home favourite Marc Marquez continued his perfect start to the MotoGP season by winning the Spanish Grand Prix.
Last Updated: 04/05/14 2:40pm
The world champion has now converted pole position into a race victory in each of the first four races of the season and is already 28 points ahead of fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa in this year's standings.
Pedrosa could only manage third place on Sunday, with the Yamaha of seven-time top-class champion Valentino Rossi splitting the two Repsol Honda bikes.
Jorge Lorenzo finished fourth ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, while Bradley Smith was the leading British rider in eighth place. Michael Laverty came home in 16th place but Cal Crutchlow retired early on due to a brake problem.
When the lights went out at the start, Dovizioso briefly took the lead but soon gave way to pole-sitter Marquez, who in turn was passed by Rossi.
Marquez retook the lead on the final turn of the opening lap and then got back in front again early in the second after Rossi had momentarily forced his way ahead.
When the early scrapping was out of the way, Marquez stretched out a one-second advantage over Rossi, with Lorenzo and Pedrosa following behind.
The 21-year-old continued to build his advantage in the middle stages, pulling out a five-second cushion before easing off towards the end of the race.
Rossi held firm in second position but his Yamaha team-mate Lorenzo was passed by Pedrosa and eventually fell back into a distant fourth.
Dovizioso won a fierce battle for fifth position, with Alvaro Bautista, Aleix Espargaro, Smith and Pol Espargaro coming in closely behind him. Stefan Bradl completed the top 10.