Marquez makes it five straight

Spain's Marc Marquez became the first rider in 42 years to win the first five races of the season as he landed the French MotoGP at Le Mans.

Starting on pole, the 21-year-old Honda rider overcame a poor start to secure victory from Italian Valentino Rossi in second and Spanish compatriot Alvaro Bautista in third.

Marquez was passed at the start of the race by Andrea Dovizioso, Stefan Bradl, Rossi and Pol Espargaro and had a big fright when clipping the back wheel of Jorge Lorenzo but somehow managed to stay up.

However, he calmly moved through the field and with 16 laps left leader Rossi went too wide on a corner and the young Spaniard seized first spot and pulled away, never to be caught.

By registering victory, reigning world champion Marquez became the first rider since Italian great Giacomo Agostini in 1972 to win the first five races of the season.

It also made the Spanish ace the youngest ever rider to win five-in-a-row in the premier class. The previous mark had been set by the late Mike Hailwood of England, who was 22 years and 160 days when landing five straight in the 500cc class in 1962.