Marquez Dominates Jerez MotoGP Stop

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Marc Marquez became the first repeat MotoGP winner of the year Sunday in Spain. (Honda Photo)

JEREZ, Spain – Marc Marquez becomes first repeat MotoGP winner of the season after storming to victory Sunday at Circuito de Jerez.

Marc Marquez stormed off the line to lead the 23-rider field through the opening corners. He slowly began to build a gap and by lap eight he was pulling away from his closest pursuers.

The dominant ride saw the reigning MotoGP champion cross the line 1.654 seconds ahead of Suzuki’s Alex Rins to secure his second victory of the season.

“This race was a mental race, more than a physical one,” Marquez said. “After the mistake in Austin it wasn’t easy to lead the race like that from beginning to end, but I knew I had the pace to do it and the bike to do it. I wanted to do a race like in Argentina and at the start in Austin to prove it was a mistake there. I felt good all weekend, smooth, comfortable and able to ride how I want. Thanks to the Repsol Honda Team, they’ve done an amazing job over the last few weeks and here this weekend. It’s great to be leading the championship again.”

Maverick Vinales finished third for Monster Energy Yamaha, followed by Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci.

Valentino Rossi, Franco Morbidelli, Cal Crutchlow, Takaaki Nakagami and Stefan Bradl completed the top-10.