It was only a temporary blip that Marc Marquez spent away from the top of the MotoGP podium after firing back at Silverstone on Sunday with his 11th victory of the 2014 season.
The Czech Grand Prix earlier this month was the first of the year that Honda's starlet had failed to win, but British settings provided the means for a resurgent return to the throne, per the official MotoGP Twitter account:
Sunday's triumph didn't come without its share of tests as Jorge Lorenzo pushed his compatriot close to the wire at times, but Marquez was forced to show grit, improving on the second place taken at this track last year.
Lorenzo ultimately settled for second place and remains stuck in fourth, with Valentino Rossi taking third place for the third race in succession:
That was the order of things for the great majority of the battle in Northamptonshire, but there were several occasions where the head-to-head duel between Marquez and Lorenzo got particularly feisty.
Coming into the closing stages of this weekend's fixture, the pair came together as Lorenzo skipped past the younger rider only to be put back in his place, unable to make those small advantages count in the end:
Lower down the order, Dani Pedrosa continued his switching with Marquez, finishing fourth after halting the reigning champion's winning streak in Brno.
The veteran remains second behind his countryman in the riders' standings, but Marquez's lead once again stands at 89 points as a result of Sunday's outcome:
|2014 MotoGP Riders' Standings|
|6||Aleix Espargaro||Forward Yamaha||SPA||92|
|18||Colin Edwards||Forward Yamaha||USA||11|
|21||Mike Di Meglio||Avintia||FRA||4|
|25||Alex De Angelis||Forward Yamaha||RSM||1|
Scott Redding was the highest finisher of any Briton running, clinching 10th while Cal Crutchlow came in at 12th.
Having taken an impressive run of top-10 places earlier in the year, Bradley Smith will be disappointed with his outing, as he was forced to retire, per Silverstone's official Twitter:
With Marquez now firmly back in the winning hot seat, attentions turn to San Marino in a fortnight's time, where he'll strive to emulate this performance and re-establish the streak that would see him lift two world titles in as many seasons.
The budding icon's start to life in MotoGP has been a whirlwind journey so far, and Sunday's win showed there's a lot of substance to his style, producing the goods when his back was against the wall and impressing in front of a British crowd.
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