MotoGP Grand Prix of Catalunya 2014 Results: Winner, Standings and Reaction

Stuart Newman@@StuNewmanSportFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2014

MotoGP raider Marc Marquez of Spain celebrates after wining the Catalunya Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
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Marc Marquez continued his MotoGP dominance on Sunday by racing to victory in the Grand Prix of Catalunya in Barcelona for his seventh grand prix title on the spin. 

The Spaniard wasn’t starting in pole position for the first time this season after crashing in the final stages of qualifying, but it didn’t stop the 21-year-old from romping to victory.

However, this time around it wasn’t as simple as his previous six victories, with Valentino Rossi and Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa leading for large spells.

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In the opening exchanges, Jorge Lorenzo was the man in front after emerging quickest through the pack, with Marquez languishing in fifth.

It didn’t take the Spaniard long to make up the ground, though, and with some brilliant laps he found himself just behind new leader, Rossi.

The Italian kept his lead for much of the race, though it was Pedrosa who ultimately came closest to stopping the Marquez freight train in Barcelona.

After Marquez took the lead, Pedrosa sat between him and Rossi with just four laps remaining and did everything in his power to prevent his teammate from reaping more glory.

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The Honda riders’ battle was nothing short of a spectacle around the final laps of the Circuit de Catalunya, though it was Marquez that kept his nose in front by emerging quickly from turn exits.

Lining up one final push for glory, Pedrosa clipped Marquez and was forced wide, leaving him to cross the line in first with Rossi following on in second—as MotoGP revealed:

Pedrosa was forced to accept third place, with Lorenzo coming home in fourth despite showing such early promise—a situation that Yamaha will need to assess according to MotoGP journalist Matthew Birt:

The moment, once again, belongs to Marquez, though, whose time of 42:56:914 was good enough to extend his lead at the top of the MotoGP standings, as we see below:

2014 MotoGP Updated Standings
1Marc MarquezHonda175
2Valentino RossiYamaha117
3Dani PedrosaHonda112
4Jorge LorenzoYamaha78
5Andrea DoviziosoDucati71
6Pol EspargaroYamaha58
7Aleix EspargaroForward54
8Stefan BradlHonda50
9Andrea IannonePramac41
10Bradley SmithYamaha40
11Alvaro BautistaHonda34
12Yonny HernandezPramac27
13Nicky HaydenDrive M7 Aspar26
14Scott ReddingHonda25
15Hiroshi AoyamaDrive M7 Aspar24
16Cal CrutchlowDucati15
17Karel AbrahamCardion AB13
18Colin EdwardsForward8
19Michele PirroDucati7
20Danilo PetrucciOcto Ioda2

Such drama in a grand prix has scarcely been seen in MotoGP history, and while Pedrosa's battle will live long in the memory, the better rider came out on top.

Next up for Marquez is the Dutch Grand Prix on June 28, where another victory will see him edge ever closer to the world championship.

His resilience in Catalunya proved that his class shines through even in the toughest of circumstances, and while 18 wins out of 18 seems ridiculous, based on this form it’s not impossible.