2014 Mugello MotoGP Race Results: Outstanding Head-To-Head Encounter

Full Recap and Results Below:

Marc Marquez has taken his sixth successive MotoGP victory at Mugello after a pulse raising duel with compatriot Jorge Lorenzo. Marquez becomes the first rider to win six races in a row since Valentino Rossi in 2002, but it was the hardest he has been pushed this season. The reigning Champion took the lead from Lorenzo with seven laps remaining and from there a memorable tussle ensued. The lead was swapped in aggressive but fair fashion lap upon lap to the raucous crowds delight. Marquez took the lead on the penultimate lap and eventually won the run to the line to keep a rejuvenated Lorenzo at bay by a tenth. 

Valentino Rossi ended his 300th competitive race in third place, the Italian had rocketed up to fourth place from tenth by lap two. Unfortunately for 'The Doctor' he was always just within touching distance of the battling leaders and could never quite bridge the gap. Dani Pedrosa made an uncharacteristically poor start and took a disappointing fourth place after showing signs of improved form in practice, he finished ahead of Pol Espargaro and the Italian Ducati pairing of Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone. Alvaro Bautista, Aleix Espargaro and Yonny Hernandez rounded out the top ten. 

Bradley Smith crashed on lap four to cap a disappointing weekend as his countryman Cal Crutchlow also crashed a lap later. His riderless Ducati slid across the track and collected a helpless Stefan Bradl, who was consequently also dumped out of the race. All riders were thankfully uninjured.

In the wake of all the entertainment the Marquez juggernaut thunders on, despite being vigorously challenged and his formidable Championship lead is extended. However some faith has been restored in MotoGP's ability to excite for fans and competitors alike and Marquez as much as anyone will be hoping for an equally enthralling affair as the season continues at Catalunya in two weeks time.

Full Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 25 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 41'38.254
2 20 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 0.121
3 16 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2.688
4 13 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 14.046
5 11 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 15.603
6 10 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 17.042
7 9 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 17.129
8 8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 27.407
9 7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha 41.886
10 6 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 45.212
11 5 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 45.433
12 4 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 45.831
13 3 45 Scott REDDING Honda 45.839
14 2 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 46.834
15 1 5 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha +1'09.554
16   70 Michael LAVERTY PBM +1'17.789
17   23 Broc PARKES PBM +1'35.031
18   63 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia +1'37.501
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    8 Hector BARBERA Avintia 16 Laps
    84 Michel FABRIZIO ART 17 Laps
    35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati 20 Laps
    6 Stefan BRADL Honda 20 Laps
    38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 21 Laps


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Right up there with 1979 Silverstone, where Roberts and Sheene put on the most thrilling battle I have ever attended. Wish I could have been at Mugello today. (Today was pure racing. In 1979 at Silverstone, I was 50% on the race, 50% trying to get in the pants of my date... LOL).

That was excellent. Welcome back, Jorge. I know Mugello is historically a Yamaha track but I don't think anybody expected that. Good to see Lorenzo smile too, we could be in for more proper racing.

Shoutout to Pol Espargaro too, another solid performance as best of the rest. That kid is going places.

Best battle of this season. Only a 2 horse race, but what a race. Jorge is back, and thank God - cause motogp sure needs him back. Marc was superb, only Marc could have beaten Jorge today. Nice to see Rossi on the podium too at his holy ground.

I hope yamaha can give jorge that little bit of extra speed on the straight, but otherwise he was looking like the world champ of old again. Happy day !

About as good as it gets :)

What I liked most about that battle was the clear level of respect these two have learned for each other as adversaries. The battle was as hard as nails, but neither racer did anything that put the other's safety in jeopardy.

That race also showed that the Yamaha had indeed been struggling with its brakes. If it had been struggling with horsepower, that's the track that would have made it obvious. The 340mm rotors are the ducks guts for the Yamaha :)

Ladies and gentlemen, we now have a horse race.

And that track really shines...

Bridgestone brought tires to Mugello that are more like the 2013 version. So I'd say that helped Lorenzo more than the bigger rotors. Hopefully they'll keep that compound for the rest of the year.

Yep that was my thought too.

If this spec of rubber was a one off then I'd expect to see Lorenzo back to struggling next round. Hope I'm wrong though and he's competitive no matter the compound/construction. The more races like that the better.

If he keeps riding like this, he's only going to lose leverage in contract talks....and not just with Honda.....

Jorge, Vale, Pol and even Ianonne all put in great efforts that further strengthened their stock. Cal, Smith, Bautista seemed off....Dovi solid as usual.

Fantastic! Don't care who wins, just hate runaway weekends. THAT was a great race. Great tracks foster great races. All of MotoGP won today.

... it's disappointing and a great reminder of the team-aspect of the sport to see Rossi at the very edges of the battle in front. Can't bomb in qualifying!

So let me get this straight... Lorenzo hates the new spec tyres and struggles. All of a sudden we have spec tyres that have changed from the 2014 spec to more of what suits Lorenzo?

How does this not reek?
I enjoyed the race. I would have loved for a three way battle.
I guess the all out "what's best for the show" is in full motion.

Well, we know what the result of the 500GP was that day, but would LewTheShoe care to reveal his own level of success?

David even mentioned Silverstone '79 in his Mugello wrap-up, he wants to know too ;)

Well I was the Yank on the hillside at Stowe, and she was a well built English lass named Sandra, and I was pulling for Roberts, so the day was a great success... LOL.

start front row and get podium finish is good, but from grid 10 to podium is what I call an extra ordinary.

... pole, pushed wide to 10th & battle back to finish 1st?... that's the level of EXTRA ordinary that he's got to be competitive with now.