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The 2014 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 66th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season. Marc Márquez started the season as the defending riders' champion in the MotoGP category, with Honda the defending manufacturers' champions. Pol Espargaró and Maverick Viñales were the reigning Moto2 and Moto3 champions respectively; however, neither defended their titles as both riders moved up a class, with Espargaró joining MotoGP and Viñales entering Moto2.

Winning a premier class record 13 races during the season,[1] Márquez won a second successive title, finishing 67 points clear of his nearest rival Valentino Rossi. Márquez won each of the first 10 races to be held in 2014,[2] before Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa was able to inflict his first defeat, at Brno. Rossi had taken eight podiums in the season, before he was able to win a race, when he won at Misano. He also won at Phillip Island, as he finished as the championship runner-up in a Grand Prix class for the first time since 2006, when he finished second to Nicky Hayden. Despite bookending his season with retirements, Rossi's Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team-mate Jorge Lorenzo finished third in the championship. Finishing 32 points behind Rossi, Lorenzo took back-to-back victories in Aragon,[3] and Japan, as part of a nine-race podium streak that was ended by his retirement in Valencia. The only other race winner was Pedrosa, with his Brno triumph being his sole victory in the 2014 campaign.

The Espargaró brothers were each able to take one of the sub-classifications available to them. Pol Espargaró finished as the best place rookie in the final championship standings,[4] finishing sixth overall; the next best rookie was Scott Redding in twelfth place. Aleix Espargaró was the best placed rider that was competing with an Open-specification motorcycle.[5] He finished seventh overall in the championship, taking a pole position at Assen and a second place finish in Aragon. Just like the rookie of the year standings, Redding was the next best rider. Márquez was a comfortable winner of the BMW M Award for the best qualifying rider,[6] with 13 pole positions during the season. Repsol Honda were the winners of the teams' championship,[7] as the results for Márquez and Pedrosa allowed them to finish 50 points clear of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, while Honda won the constructors' championship for the 21st time – and their 63rd title in total[8] – 55 points clear of Yamaha.

Grands Prix[edit]

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme released a 19-race provisional calendar on 2 October 2013.[9] The calendar was updated on 13 December 2013[10] and again on 24 February 2014, resulting in a calendar of 18 races.[11]

The 2014 calendar originally saw the addition of two South American races, the series' first visit to the continent since 2004. A race in Argentina at the newly upgraded Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo is scheduled for 27 April and a race in Brazil at the Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet in Brasilia was scheduled for 28 September, but the latter was subsequently removed from the calendar.[11] The round at Motorland Aragón was moved back a week, following the cancellation of the Brazilian round.[11] The standalone MotoGP race at Laguna Seca, part of the calendar since 2005, was discontinued.

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit
1 23 March Qatar Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar[12] Losail International Circuit, Doha
2 13 April United States Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas[13] Circuit of the Americas, Austin
3 27 April Argentina Gran Premio Red Bull de la República Argentina[14] Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo, Santiago del Estero
4 4 May Spain Gran Premio bwin de España[15] Circuito de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera
5 18 May France Monster Energy Grand Prix de France[16] Le Mans Bugatti
6 1 June Italy Gran Premio d'Italia TIM[17] Mugello Circuit, Mugello
7 15 June Spain Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya[18] Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló
8 28 June Netherlands Iveco Daily TT Assen[19] TT Circuit Assen, Assen
9 13 July Germany eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland[20] Sachsenring, Hohenstein-Ernstthal
10 10 August United States Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix[21] Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis
11 17 August Czech Republic bwin Grand Prix České republiky[9] Masaryk Circuit, Brno
12 31 August United Kingdom Hertz British Grand Prix[22] Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
13 14 September San Marino GP TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini[23] Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Misano Adriatico
14 28 September[11] Spain Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón[24] Motorland Aragón, Alcañiz
15 12 October Japan Motul Grand Prix of Japan[25] Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi
16 19 October Australia Tissot Australian Grand Prix[26] Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Phillip Island
17 26 October Malaysia Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix[9][27] Sepang International Circuit, Selangor
18 9 November Spain Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana[28] Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia

Teams and riders[edit]

Starting in 2014, the rules governing the eligibility of entries changed. MSMA prototypes were reclassified as the new "Factory" class, whilst the Claiming Rule Teams sub-category was restructured as the "Open" class. All bikes used the approved MotoGP Electronic Control Unit, with bikes in the "Open" class using both the MotoGP ECU and identical software, and those competing as "Factory" entries permitted to use their own custom software.[29] The Factory option bike had their allocation of engines reduced from twelve to five, and those five had their design frozen.[29] The amount of fuel allowed was reduced from twenty-four litres to twenty litres.[29]

A manufacturer who had not achieved a win in dry conditions in the previous year, or a new manufacturer entering the championship, could enter under the Factory option with all the concessions available to the Open class; these benefits were reduced in case of a determined number of podiums or wins.[30]

Ducati Team and Pramac Racing were due to enter their bikes in the Open class[31] but revised regulations meant that they were finally entered under the Factory option.[32]

2014 MotoGP specifications
Factory Open
Fuel tank (litres) 20 24
Engines allocated (per rider) 5 12
Engine development frozen free
ECU hardware spec Magneti Marelli
ECU software free standardized
Tires' compound medium, hard soft, medium

A provisional entry list was released by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme on 20 November 2013.[33] An updated entry list was released on 14 January 2014.[34] Teams had time until 28 February to decide if a rider would be assigned to the "Factory" or "Open" class.[29] The final entry list was released on the same day.[35]

Factory entries
Team Constructor Motorcycle No. Rider Rounds
Italy Ducati Team Ducati Ducati Desmosedici GP14 04 Italy Andrea Dovizioso[36] All
35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow[37] 1–2, 4–18
51 Italy Michele Pirro[38] 3
51 Italy Michele Pirro[39] 4, 6–7, 11, 18
Monaco LCR Honda MotoGP Honda Honda RC213V 6 Germany Stefan Bradl[40] All
Japan Team Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki Suzuki GSX-RR 14 France Randy de Puniet[41] 18
Italy GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda Honda RC213V 19 Spain Álvaro Bautista[42] All
Japan YAMALUBE Racing Team with YSP Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 21 Japan Katsuyuki Nakasuga[43] 15
Japan Repsol Honda Team Honda Honda RC213V 26 Spain Dani Pedrosa[44] All
93 Spain Marc Márquez[44] All
Italy Pramac Racing
Italy Energy T.I. Pramac Racing
Ducati Ducati Desmosedici GP14 29 Italy Andrea Iannone[45] All
Ducati Desmosedici GP13[46] 68 Colombia Yonny Hernández[45] All
France Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith[47] All
44 Spain Pol Espargaró[48] All
Japan Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 46 Italy Valentino Rossi[49] All
99 Spain Jorge Lorenzo[50] All
Open entries
Team Constructor Motorcycle No. Rider Rounds
Spain Drive M7 Aspar Honda Honda RCV1000R 2 United Kingdom Leon Camier[51] 10–13
7 Japan Hiroshi Aoyama[52] 1–17
Honda RC213V-RS[53] 18
Honda RCV1000R 69 United States Nicky Hayden[54] 1–9, 14–18
Switzerland NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha[35] Forward-Yamaha 5 United States Colin Edwards[55] 1–10
15 San Marino Alex de Angelis[56] 11–18
41 Spain Aleix Espargaró[55] All
Spain Avintia Racing Ducati[57] Ducati Desmosedici GP14 8 Spain Héctor Barberá[58] 14–18
Avintia[35] Avintia GP14[59] 1–13
63 France Mike Di Meglio[33] All
Italy IodaRacing Project
Italy Octo IodaRacing Team
ART[34] ART 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci[33] 1–4, 8–18
84 Italy Michel Fabrizio[60] 6–7
Czech Republic Cardion AB Motoracing Honda Honda RCV1000R 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham[61] All
United Kingdom Paul Bird Motorsport PBM[34] PBM 23 Australia Broc Parkes[62] All
70 United Kingdom Michael Laverty[33] All
Italy GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda Honda RCV1000R 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding[63] All
Key
Regular rider
Wildcard rider
Replacement rider

Team changes[edit]

  • Aspar Racing Team and Cardion AB Motoracing switched to Honda in 2014, entering the RCV1000R, Honda's Open class machine.
  • Forward Racing intended to use Yamaha-leased YZR-M1 engines with FTR frames, however the team started the season with a complete Yamaha YZR-M1 engine-frame-swingarm package[64] with other parts supplied by FTR, while developing new Forward-designed frames to be introduced mid-season. At the Mugello round Colin Edwards debuted the new frame built by Harris Performance.[65] Following Edwards' retirement from racing, the new frame was passed to de Angelis, while Espargaró remained with the Yamaha-derived chassis.[66]
  • Gresini Racing competed with a full Honda package in the Open class, having contested the 2013 season with an FTR chassis and Honda engine.
  • IodaRacing Project intended to enter a second bike ridden by Leon Camier, but he was not included on the final entry list due to an apparent lack of funding.

Rider changes[edit]

Results and standings[edit]

Grands Prix[edit]

Round Grand Prix Pole position Fastest lap Winning rider Winning constructor Report
1 Qatar Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix Spain Marc Márquez Spain Álvaro Bautista Spain Marc Márquez Japan Honda Report
2 United States Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Americas Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Japan Honda Report
3 Argentina Argentine motorcycle Grand Prix Spain Marc Márquez Spain Dani Pedrosa Spain Marc Márquez Japan Honda Report
4 Spain Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Japan Honda Report
5 France French motorcycle Grand Prix Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Japan Honda Report
6 Italy Italian motorcycle Grand Prix Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Japan Honda Report
7 Spain Catalan motorcycle Grand Prix Spain Dani Pedrosa Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Japan Honda Report
8 Netherlands Dutch TT Spain Aleix Espargaró Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Japan Honda Report
9 Germany German motorcycle Grand Prix Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Japan Honda Report
10 United States Indianapolis motorcycle Grand Prix Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Japan Honda Report
11 Czech Republic Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix Spain Marc Márquez Spain Dani Pedrosa Spain Dani Pedrosa Japan Honda Report
12 United Kingdom British motorcycle Grand Prix Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Japan Honda Report
13 San Marino San Marino and Rimini's Coast motorcycle Grand Prix Spain Jorge Lorenzo Spain Marc Márquez Italy Valentino Rossi Japan Yamaha Report
14 Spain Aragon motorcycle Grand Prix Spain Marc Márquez Spain Jorge Lorenzo Spain Jorge Lorenzo Japan Yamaha Report
15 Japan Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix Italy Andrea Dovizioso Spain Jorge Lorenzo Spain Jorge Lorenzo Japan Yamaha Report
16 Australia Australian motorcycle Grand Prix Spain Marc Márquez Italy Valentino Rossi Italy Valentino Rossi Japan Yamaha Report
17 Malaysia Malaysian motorcycle Grand Prix Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Japan Honda Report
18 Spain Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix Italy Valentino Rossi Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Japan Honda Report

Riders' standings[edit]

Scoring system

Points were awarded to the top fifteen finishers. A rider had to finish the race to earn points.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th 
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Pos Rider Bike QAT
Qatar
AME
United States
ARG
Argentina
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Spain
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
IND
United States
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
RSM
San Marino
ARA
Spain
JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
VAL
Spain
Pts
1 Spain Marc Márquez Honda 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 1 15 13 2 Ret 1 1 362
2 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2 8 4 2 2 3 2 5 4 3 3 3 1 Ret 3 1 2 2 295
3 Spain Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Ret 10 3 4 6 2 4 13 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 3 Ret 263
4 Spain Dani Pedrosa Honda 3 2 2 3 5 4 3 3 2 4 1 4 3 14 4 Ret Ret 3 246
5 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 5 3 9 5 8 6 8 2 8 7 6 5 4 Ret 5 4 8 4 187
6 Spain Pol Espargaró Yamaha Ret 6 8 9 4 5 7 Ret 7 5 Ret 6 6 6 8 Ret 6 6 136
7 Spain Aleix Espargaró Forward Yamaha 4 9 15 7 9 9 6 4 6 Ret 8 9 Ret 2 11 Ret Ret 7 126
8 United Kingdom Bradley Smith Yamaha Ret 5 7 8 10 Ret 10 8 19 6 9 22 7 5 9 3 5 14 121
9 Germany Stefan Bradl Honda Ret 4 5 10 7 Ret 5 10 16 Ret 7 7 Ret 4 7 Ret 4 8 117
10 Italy Andrea Iannone Ducati 10 7 6 Ret Ret 7 9 6 5 Ret 5 8 5 Ret 6 Ret DNS 22 102
11 Spain Álvaro Bautista Honda Ret Ret Ret 6 3 8 Ret 7 9 Ret 10 Ret 8 7 10 6 Ret 16 89
12 United Kingdom Scott Redding Honda 7 Ret 14 13 12 13 13 12 11 9 11 10 13 10 16 7 10 10 81
13 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Ducati 6 Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret 9 10 8 Ret 12 9 3 Ret Ret Ret 5 74
14 Japan Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 11 12 10 12 14 14 15 16 12 10 13 14 12 8 13 8 11 15 68
15 Colombia Yonny Hernández Ducati 12 13 12 14 13 10 11 19 17 Ret Ret 11 10 15 Ret 11 7 Ret 53
16 United States Nicky Hayden Honda 8 11 11 11 Ret DNS 12 17 14 9 14 10 Ret 13 47
17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham Honda 13 14 13 Ret 15 12 Ret 14 13 11 14 13 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 17 33
18 Spain Héctor Barberá Avintia Ret 15 16 15 Ret Ret 19 18 18 Ret 17 19 19 26
Ducati 19 15 5 9 11
19 Italy Michele Pirro Ducati 17 Ret 11 14 12 9 18
20 Italy Danilo Petrucci ART 14 17 Ret DNS 15 15 Ret Ret 18 Ret 11 Ret 12 Ret 12 17
21 San Marino Alex de Angelis Forward Yamaha 16 15 14 12 17 9 Ret 18 14
22 United States Colin Edwards Forward Yamaha 9 Ret 20 Ret 17 15 18 22 20 13 11
23 Australia Broc Parkes PBM 15 Ret 21 17 18 17 16 11 21 15 19 21 18 18 20 Ret 14 20 9
24 United Kingdom Michael Laverty PBM 16 16 18 16 16 16 17 21 Ret 14 Ret 17 17 16 18 13 12 19 9
25 France Mike Di Meglio Avintia 17 18 19 Ret 19 18 Ret 20 22 12 18 20 Ret 17 19 14 13 21 9
26 Japan Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha 12 4
27 United Kingdom Leon Camier Honda Ret 15 16 16 1
Italy Michel Fabrizio ART Ret 20 0
France Randy de Puniet Suzuki Ret 0
Pos Rider Bike QAT
Qatar
AME
United States
ARG
Argentina
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Spain
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
IND
United States
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
RSM
San Marino
ARA
Spain
JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
VAL
Spain
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest lap
Blue – Rookie

Manufacturers' standings[edit]

Pos Manufacturer QAT
Qatar
AME
United States
ARG
Argentina
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Spain
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
IND
United States
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
RSM
San Marino
ARA
Spain
JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
VAL
Spain
Pts
1 Japan Honda 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 4 2 6 1 1 409
2 Japan Yamaha 2 5 3 2 2 2 2 5 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 354
3 Italy Ducati 5 3 6 5 8 6 8 2 5 7 5 5 4 3 5 4 7 4 211
4 Switzerland Forward Yamaha 4 9 15 7 9 9 6 4 6 13 8 9 14 2 11 9 Ret 7 138
5 Italy ART 14 17 Ret DNS Ret 20 15 15 Ret Ret 18 Ret 11 Ret 12 Ret 12 17
6 United Kingdom PBM 15 16 18 16 16 16 16 11 21 14 19 17 17 16 18 13 12 19 15
7 Spain Avintia 17 15 16 15 19 18 19 18 18 12 17 19 19 17 19 14 13 21 11
Japan Suzuki Ret 0
Pos Manufacturer QAT
Qatar
AME
United States
ARG
Argentina
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Spain
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
IND
United States
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
RSM
San Marino
ARA
Spain
JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
VAL
Spain
Pts

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