2014 Recap – Round 4 Spanish Grand Prix

Having skipped the arduous trip to the Argentine Grand Prix the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez was my third race of the 2014 MotoGP campaign. Marc Marquez came to his home GP on the back of three consecutive wins and even at these early stages of the season his title defence already looked to be a foregone conclusion.

season recap jerez 2014 (7)No-one could get close to Marquez in qualifying, the champion took pole by over four tenths of a second

season recap jerez 2014 (6)Jorge Lorenzo kickstarted his campaign with a podium in Argentina and when the Spaniard qualified second it looked as though he was ready to build on his South American momentum. Fourth on Sunday however would show that he still had much work to do

season recap jerez 2014 (12)Home race for Pol Espargaro and even though the Tech3 Yamaha rider was pushing hard his lack of premier class experience clearly held him back at Jerez

season recap jerez 2014 (11)Mike di Meglio was another rookie in 2014 and the Frenchman was clearly struggling to adapt to the more powerful MotoGP machine however qualifying ahead of his teammate, Hector Barbera, gave him some encouragement

season recap jerez 2014 (9)In the race however Barbera recovered from qualifying last to finishing 15th and claiming the final point

season recap jerez 2014 (8)Valentino Rossi knew that to have any chance of fighting for the win with Marquez he would need to take a leaf from Marquez’ book and instantly fight back anytime that the champion hit the front. The early laps were exciting but ultimately Marquez would open a gap and claim the win

season recap jerez 2014 (4)Cal Crutchlow missed the Argentine race due to injury and his luck wasn’t much better in Jerez. Brake fade left the Ducati rider with no brake power after only a couple of laps

season recap jerez 2014 (10)Mika Kallio claimed his first win of the season in Moto2 ahead of Aegerter and Folger

season recap jerez 2014 (15)Sandro Cortese’s second season in Moto2 saw him start the year with three top tens. His aggression on bike was clear in qualifying at Jerez

season recap jerez 2014 (13)Romano Fenati claimed his second victory at Jerez in three years after a race long battle with Alex Rins and Efren Vazquez

season recap jerez 2014 (14)Rins dived down the inside at the last corner but would finish up third

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