Ryder Notes: Illusions of Jerez Clearing
by julian ryder, on the ground in france
Saturday, May 17, 2014

Never mind Freddie Spencer's records, it's Giacomo Agostini's records that Marc Marquez is threatening now.

It's another pole, the fifth this season and the sixth in a row if you go back to Valencia '13. One more and he equals Casey Stoner's seven in a row from the Ducati championship year 2008. Ago won the first eight races of the 1971 season, all from pole, and Mick Doohan won ten successive races from pole in 1997, so there is still something to aim for. However, if Marc wins tomorrow he will become the youngest ever winner of five successive races in the top class. That record currently belongs to Mike Hailwood. You see who we're comparing him to already.

Yet again, the way Marc secured pole was demoralizing for the rest of the field. He didn't use the three runs using both bikes technique from Jerez. This time he used both bikes but did more than one flying lap on each of them. After a conventional first run, he parked the number-one bike and without any apparent hurry got on his number-two machine. He then went nearly half a second faster than he'd done on the first bike to lead the field by 0.7sec. That's a ridiculous margin on a 1 minute 32 second lap. Pol Espargaro got second with what he admitted was a banzai lap and Dovizioso took third thanks to clever use of the super-soft rear tyre the regulations allow Ducatis as part of the 'concessions' for not having won a race for two years. So the real contenders, Rossi and Lorenzo, are actually over 0.8sec slower...

The illusions of Jerez are clearing.


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