Marc Marquez took his eighth win from eight races this season as he confidently claimed victory in the Dutch TT in Assen in the wet on Saturday.
The youngster stretched his lead from Valentino Rossi in the standings as he headed Andrea Dovizioso in second and teammate Dani Pedrosa in third.
Aleix Espargaro managed a fourth-place finish having qualified on pole position, and veteran Rossi made it up to fifth having started from the pits.
The start was delayed as the driving rain in Assen caused chaos on the grid, each team attempting to make rapid changes to their bikes to give the riders the best chance in the wet, per MotoGP:
The start of the MotoGP race has been delayed further as the rain returns. #MotoGPSaturday— MotoGP™ (@MotoGP) June 28, 2014
However, the race did eventually get going with NGM Forward Racing’s Espargaro on his first pole of his Grand Prix career, with Repsol Honda's Marquez and Pedrosa completing the front row.
Italian Rossi was forced to start from the pit lane after changing to a wet set-up bike having decided not to gamble on slick tyres after the warm-up lap.
Marquez got off to a fine start and immediately took the lead while Ducati's Dovizioso moved up from seventh to second and battled the young Spaniard for the lead in Lap 1, but the standings leader led at the start of the second.
As the track dried up, the two leaders came into the pits for slick tyres after five laps and Marquez failed to find enough grip early on, sliding off the track to see Dovizioso fly past.
After all the drivers pitted for their change on to slicks, the initial pair were leading once again, while Pedrosa and Espargaro battled it out for third place, but some way back.
Rossi steadily made his way up the field showing great pace to get up to ninth with 16 laps to go, his pre-race gamble proving very costly as he could have been challenging up the front.
The battle for fifth at the halfway stage was a five-man clash between Andrea Iannone, Alvaro Bautista, Cal Crutchlow, Rossi and the superb Broc Parkes on the PBM bike.
#MotoGP - Parkes is having a ball battling with Iannone, Crutchlow and Bautista!— Moto Race Feed (@MotoRaceFeed) June 28, 2014
Marquez continued to close on the Italian Dovizioso as the 21-year-old set faster and faster lap times, finally taking the lead with 10 laps to go.
From there it was simply a procession, and he came through easily to win and soak up the adulation of the Dutch crowd, hardily sticking things out after a great deal of rain.
The top 10 was completed by Iannone, Bautista, Bradley Smith, Crutchlow and Stefan Bradl, the latter pipping Parkes right at the end to deny the Australian a first top-10 finish.
Marquez had said pre-race that he felt well prepared for the Grand Prix in the Netherlands having struggled at the TT Circuit Assen in the past, per MotoGP.com:
I think is a good track for both Honda and Yamaha; they were better here last year but maybe this year we have taken a step forward and I feel very comfortable and happy with the pace that I have. We'll see tomorrow, because it seems that we’re not so strong in the low temperatures, but I am convinced that we can match the competitors level.
He was proved right as he eventually claimed a convincing victory, and he continues to look unstoppable as he powers toward a second successive championship win.
Next up it's Germany and the MotoGP at the Sachsenring where Marquez's competitors will be looking to prevent him from winning every race in the first half of the season.
Here are the full results for the race and updated standings following Saturday's action in Assen, via MotoGP.com:
|1||Marc Marquez||Repsol Honda Team||43'29.954|
|2||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati Team||+6.714|
|3||Dani Pedroas||Repsol Honda Team||+10.791|
|4||Aleix Esaprgaro||NGM Forward Racing||+19.199|
|5||Valentino Rossi||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||+25.813|
|6||Andrea Iannone||Pramac Racing||+29.003|
|7||Alvaro Bautista||GO&FUN Honda Gresini||+30.882|
|8||Bradley Smith||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||+30.985|
|9||Cal Crutchlow||Ducati Team||+44.031|
|10||Stefan Bradl||LCR Honda MotoGP||+48.662|
|11||Broc Parkes||Paul Bird Motorsport||+51.863|
|12||Scott Redding||GO&FUN Honda Gresini||+1'00.329|
|13||Jorge Lorenzo||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||+1'04.641|
|14||Karel Abraham||Cardion AB Motoracing||+1'05.980|
|15||Danilo Petrucci||Octo IodaRacing Team||+1'17.611|
|16||Hiroshi Aoyama||Drive M7 Aspar||+1'19.753|
|17||Nicky Hayden||Drive M7 Aspar||+1'27.630|
|18||Hector Barbera||Avintia Racing||+1'28.142|
|19||Yonny Hernandez||Energy T.I. Pramac Racing||1 Lap|
|20||Mike Di Meglio||Avintia Racing||1 Lap|
|21||Michael Laverty||Paul Bird Motorsport||1 Lap|
|22||Colin Edwards||NGM Forward Racing||3 Laps|
|1||Marc Marquez||Repsol Honda Team||200|
|2||Valentino Rossi||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||128|
|3||Dani Pedrosa||Repsol Honda Team||128|
|4||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati Team||91|
|5||Jorge Lorenzo||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||81|
|6||Aleix Espargaro||NGM Forward Racing||67|
|7||Pol Espargaro||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||58|
|8||Stefan Bradl||LCR Honda MotoGP||56|
|9||Andrea Iannone||Pramac Racing||51|
|10||Bradley Smith||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||48|
|11||Alvaro Bautista||GO&FUN Gresini Honda||43|
|12||Scott Redding||GO&FUN Honda Gresini||28|
|13||Nicky Hayden||Drive M7 Aspar||27|
|14||Yonny Hernandez||Emergy T.I. Pramac Racing||27|
|15||Hiroshi Aoyama||Drive M7 Aspar||24|
|16||Cal Crutchlow||Ducati Team||22|
|17||Karel Abraham||Cardion AB Motoracing||15|
|18||Colin Edwards||NGM Forward Racing||8|
|19||Michele Pirro||Ducati Team||7|
|20||Broc Parkes||Paul Bird Motorsport||6|
|21||Danilo Petrucci||IodaRacing Project||3|
|22||Hector Barbera||Avintia Racing||2|