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Marquez makes it four in a row

Marc Marquez became the first rider in 22 years to win the opening four races of the MotoGP season with his first win on home soil in Jerez.

The world champion emulated the feat of Mick Doohan in 1992 to extend his advantage at the top of the standings to 28 points from compatriot Dani Pedrosa.

Marquez started in pole position and by lap 12 had established a lead of four seconds and although Valentino Rossi reduced that to less than one and a half seconds by the end, the Italian was more concerned with holding off the challenge of Pedrosa at the final corner to finish on the podium for the first time since the opening race of the season in Qatar.

Another Spaniard, Jorge Lorenzo, had to settle for fourth in his 200th grand prix, finishing 8.5 seconds behind Marquez on his 27th birthday.

"I'm really happy, it's a different kind of victory," Marquez told a press conference.

"I struggled a little bit this weekend and the level is so high with Pedrosa, Jorge and Valentino who are all very strong."