Riders continue to search for set up improvements to catch Championship leader Marquez
With four wins from four MotoGP starts in the current 2014 season, Marc Marquez has stepped into a new dimension and continues to re-write the record books practically every time he swings his leg over the Repsol Honda RC213V and while his closest rivals continue in their game of catch up the question remains: Can anyone take the fight to Marquez?
The closest to Marquez over the first four rounds of this year is arguably Valentino Rossi who finished second last time out at Jerez, Spain and the Movistar Yamaha rider continues to improve his pace on the YZR-M1 using a new-spec chassis in Spain that allowed him use the hard Bridgestone front tire, which enabled him to lap consistently and keep Marquez somewhat honest, if you consider a gap of just over a second keeping your opponent honest!
Before the 2014 season began the main riders fighting with Marquez in his debut year were his teammate Dani Pedrosa and also factory Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo. However, this year is a whole different story with Pedrosa continuing to lag behind his younger teammate and Lorenzo has had a disastrous start to his season and fans would be forgiven for thinking that the two-times MotoGP champion has already given best to Marquez with Lorenzo happy just to finish races and currently sits fifth in the championship and 65 points behind.
Time will only tell on who, if anyone, can beat Marquez on raceday but he is currently in a world of his own. He has shown a clean pair of heels to his rivals so far but the gap is shortening and with the next three rounds at LeMans this weekend and onto Mugello and Catalunya; Rossi, Pedrosa and Lorenzo are sure to be confident in their abilities to take the fight to the championship leader. Marquez hasn’t won at those three tracks yet on a MotoGP bike either so there maybe hope for his rivals but no one is holding their breath just yet.