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.
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
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
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