LE MANS, France -- Marc Marquez of Spain pulled off a remarkable comeback at the French Grand Prix on Sunday to earn his fifth win in as many MotoGP races this season.
Marquez slipped to 10th place on the opening lap despite taking pole position on Saturday, but the reigning world champion quickly made up ground on the Bugatti track and overtook Valentino Rossi of Italy on the 13th lap before pulling away.
"I made a mistake at the start," Marquez said. "Maybe I was too relaxed off the line. Then when Jorge (Lorenzo) passed me, I had to take a wide line otherwise we would have touched, and as a result, many riders overtook me."
Marquez finished 1.486 seconds clear of Rossi. Alvaro Bautista of Spain was third.
At 21, Marquez became the youngest rider to win five straight races in the top motorcycling category. The previous record belonged to British rider Mike Hailwood, who was 22 in 1962.
"It was a lot of fun," Marquez said. "Although it might look easy to people, we are working extremely hard and this is the reward for the whole team."
His 11th career MotoGP victory helped Marquez extend his lead over compatriot Dani Pedrosa at the top of the standings to 42 points. Pedrosa placed fifth at Le Mans.