Marc Marquez is hoisted by his Honda Repsol team members after winning the Italian MotoGP Grand Prix at Mugello on Sunday for his sixth straight victory this year. - AFP
MUGELLO, Italy, June 01, 2014 (AFP) - Spanish world champion Marc Marquez made it six wins from six races this season after claiming victory in the Italian MotoGP in thrilling style at Mugello on Sunday.
The 21-year-old Honda rider, who has also recorded six successive pole positions this season, edged out compatriot and two-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo on a Yamaha after an engrossing duel for over half the race.
Marquez finally got the better of Lorenzo, who has had a miserable season up till this race, going into the final lap while Lorenzo's team-mate, 35-year-old Italian great Valentino Rossi, took third spot in what was his 300th Grand Prix and the 187th time he has finished on the podium.
For the second successive race Marquez got a poor start and was passed by Andrea Iannone, who set a new official top speed record for the MotoGP World Championship during practice on Saturday, clocking 349.6km/h (217.2 mph), and Lorenzo on the first bend.
Lorenzo went to the front shortly afterwards as he powered past Iannone down the inside with 23 laps to go.
However, it was Rossi who made the biggest impression powering from 10th on the grid to fourth with 21 laps to the chequered flag.
Rossi, who won seven successive Grand Prix on this circuit, then got on Marquez's shoulder as the Spaniard fought out a terrific duel with Iannone.
Marquez and Rossi got the better of Iannone and his Ducati with the former setting fastest laps as he ate into Lorenzo's lead.
Marquez was tucked in just behind Lorenzo with 13 laps remaining and was virtually toying with his older compatriot while Rossi looked to have run out of steam and was more than a second behind the Spanish duo.
The youngster finally passed Lorenzo with seven laps to go and after a few more to-and-fro battle for the lead, the defending champion eventually prevailed and pumped the air with delight on taking the flag.