HE does not care if you are a four-time world champion.
That, apparently, is the message rookie sensation Marc Marquez sends to reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo as he made a daring move on the more experienced rider at the last corner on the last lap of MotoGP Spain recently held in Jerez to snatch second place.
Marquez’s Honda Repsol teammate, Dani Pedrosa, cruised ahead of the pack to take his first win of the season. Pedrosa’s victory puts him equal to Lorenzo and Marquez in chalking up race wins in the first three GPs of the season. The trio’s showing in Spain also meant an all-Spanish crew on the podium.
The 20-year-old Marquez, who went to the top of the standings on 61 points, three ahead of Pedrosa and four of Lorenzo, once again showed his skill as he passed Lorenzo on the final bend for second spot. The move left Lorenzo furious as they came together on the bend and he refused to accept Marquez’s apology afterward.
Lorenzo maintained a diplomatic facade once he dismounted from his bike. “I prefer not to comment on that, I would rather talk about my race,” he said.
“It was a perfect race for my bike and the team. I am pretty sore about what happened,” Lorenzo added.
Marquez, who had become the youngest winner of a MotoGP, accepted that he had been in the wrong.
“I wanted to say sorry to Jorge but it wasn’t possible,” said Marquez, who has had a history in the other categories of upsetting his rivals with risky maneuvers. “Sure, if I had been him I would be angry but I entered the last lap and I knew that I could pass him and so I went for it.”
Pedrosa, for his part, was only too delighted to have scored his first win for the season.
“It was a good race and I am delighted to have got a win under my belt,” he said. “Jorge was very strong but once I got past him I let myself establish a decent lead and then eased off as I didn’t want to destroy my tires.”
Lorenzo produced an excellent maneuver after losing first place on the first corner, coming on the inside to pass Pedrosa on the first lap.
Lorenzo’s teammate at Yamaha, Valentino Rossi, was also in sparkling form on the first lap, overtaking Marquez. But the young rider displayed the class he showed in the previous race by reclaiming third spot on the second lap.
Both Lorenzo and Pedrosa opened up a bit of a gap on the pursuing pack led by Marquez and Rossi while behind the race saw four riders exit with 24 laps still remaining. The highest profile casualty was Honda rider Stefan Bradl, who went too wide on a bend and rode to a standstill in the gravel, which leaves the highly rated rider with just one finish in the three races this season.
The next race is the French MotoGP at Le Mans on May 19.