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North West 200: Marc Marquez recovers to seal perfect high five

Reigning champion Marc Marquez continued his dominance of this year's MotoGP as he claimed his fifth win from five this season with a battling victory at Le Mans to take a 42-point lead at the top of the table.

The 21-year-old Spaniard, who started in pole position, moved through the field after dropping down to 10th following a mistake on the opening lap and eventually passed leader Valentino Rossi on his Yamaha with 15 laps remaining and held on for the maximum points with a time of 44 minutes 03.925 seconds.

Six-time champion Rossi came home 1.4sec further back with Honda Gresini's Alvaro Bautista joining them on the podium for the first time since since 2012 as he finished third which moved him up five places into 10th in the standings.

Marquez was delighted with his victory and said: “Today was a little bit harder than the other races, especially in the beginning.

“I need to be more aggressive, like last year because many riders overtook me. And then lap by lap I attacked through the field again like in the practice and I saw that Valentino opened up a small gap.

“I'm very, very happy for this victory, so we must enjoy this moment because five victories in a row is not easy.”

Pol Espargaro ended the race in fourth ahead of Pedrosa, Lorenzo and Bradl, while early leader Dovizioso only managed eighth.

Forward Yamaha's Aleix Espargaro came home ninth and Smith wrapped up the top 10

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