JEREZ, Spain – A huge crowd of more than 115,000 fans saw Spaniard Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) take his fourth MotoGP victory in a row at the Gran Premio bwin de España at Circuito de Jerez.
Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) were also on the podium at Jerez.
With victory in the south of Spain in his 100th Grand Prix, Marquez becomes the first rider to win the opening four premier class races of the year since Mick Doohan in 1992. Marquez had never previously won at Jerez in the premier MotoGP class.
No one could stay with Marquez in the heat of the afternoon in Andalusia as he built up a four second lead by lap 12 and never looked back, eventually crossing the line comfortably ahead of Rossi.
Rossi returned to the podium for the first time since Qatar, holding off Pedrosa on the final corner. Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) had to settle for fourth at his 200th GP, crossing the line 8.5 seconds behind Marquez on his 27th birthday.
Behind the factory Honda and Yamaha riders, Andrea Dovizioso was the top man for the Ducati Team in fifth. There was relief for Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) as he picked up his first points of 2014 in sixth, finishing just .112 of a second behind Dovizioso.
Meanwhile, Bautista’s compatriot Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) was seventh and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) eighth, the pair of them also reaching the finish line within half a second of Dovizioso. The top ten was rounded out by Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP).