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Press Trust of India  |  Jerez (Spain) 

A masterful performance by Marc Marquez at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto earned him and the Repsol Honda Team a second consecutive win and leadership in both the Rider and Constructor Classifications in the MotoGP.

This was the 63rd win of Marc's career and his 37th in MotoGP (equalling Mike Hailwood's mark in the Premier class), and success on a track where he has always struggled.

On the other hand, a turn-six race incident on lap 18 prevented Dani Pedrosa from fighting for a podium finish that was clearly within his reach. The incident also involved Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso.

Dani escaped a heavy high-side without major injury, but he suffered a hard blow to his right hip and will wait until tomorrow before deciding whether to take part in the one-day test that the Repsol Honda Team will attend at the same Jerez track.

Repsol Honda team rider Marquez said, "This win in front of these amazing fans is great. I'm very happy with the result, which is especially important at this track, because winning here is usually difficult for me.

"That said, I was convinced before the start that I could fight for the victory today. It was a tough weekend, but we did good work, and in the end I was able to manage the race in the best way, despite the fact that I wasn't the fastest rider out there today.

"The key was the rear-tyre choice; we made the decision after the warm-up to go with the medium, and that was the right move. Then I was able to take the lead at the right moment and push when I had the chance.

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First Published: Mon, May 07 2018. 18:55 IST
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