Marc Marquez wins 5th MotoGP in a row
Snapshot: In his second season, he becomes the first rider after Mick Doohan in 1997 to win 5 successive premier class races
This season is looking more like a video game to the MotoGP fans. It is like how a very talented player always wins over others who are always left fuming. This season, the player is Marquez who has been smashing records as if he hates them more than his rivals. As if breaking a record in the last race that had stayed untouched since 1992 was not enough, he broke another one in France that had been untouched since 1997. No one after the legendary Mick Doohan in 1997 had been able to win 5 successive races from pole until now.
Rossi also proved that there is something that comes with experience as he lead for many laps, but succumbed to Marquez who has been known to ride 'on the edge' from the moment the lights go green. The Movistar Yamaha rider started from 5th on the grid, but showed his brilliance to lead the race in the early laps. He overtook the race leader then Andrea Dovizioso to take the lead with 25 laps more to go. But the Spaniard was in no mood to let it go as he closed the one second lead Rossi was enjoying that time. With 16 laps to go, Rossi went too far into the last chicane allowing Marquez to take the benefit, and he never looked back after that.
This is Rossi's third podium of the year and a disappointing 5th from Dani Pedrosa means that the gap between him and Rossi in the standings has been reduced to just 2 points with Pedrosa on 83 points whereas Rossi is gaining momentum with 81 points. However, the leader Marquez looks invincible with maximum points (125) possible after 5 races.
During the press conference, Valentino Rossi said, "For sure I’m very happy about the race and the result. I made a very good start and when I saw Dovi and Bradl in front I knew I could go faster than them so I overtook. I got in front and tried as hard as possible but it was more difficult with the front today, maybe because the asphalt was hot. Anyway I tried the maximum and my pace was not so bad. I was waiting for Marc or Jorge and Dani to arrive, when Marc arrived I tried to push a lot to stay on the 1’34.0 to make the work difficult for him but in the crucial moment of the race I made a mistake in braking."
Third to cross the finish line was Honda Gresini's Alvaro Bautista who was good 3.144 seconds behind Marquez and 1.658 seconds behind Rossi.
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