Is the MotoGP title battle already over?

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Marc Marquez took his fifth MotoGP win in five races at Le Mans last weekend. Assuming he remains fit, can anyone stop the Honda rider from securing his second world title in record time?

There's no denying that the French victory was his hardest-fought of the season. Starting from pole, Marquez got a poor start and lost several positions in the opening lap melee, dropping down to 10th.

But he then wasted no time in cutting back through the pack, scything his way to P2 before easily passing Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi for the lead.

While watching genius at work is its own reward, it offers little hope of a world title fight this season. Marquez has had no consistent challenger in 2014. Team-mate Dani Pedrosa sits second in the standings, but his fifth place at Le Mans was not encouraging. Rossi is performing brilliantly for a 35-year-old who many had written off as past it last year, but it will probably not be enough to regularly beat Marquez.

And Jorge Lorenzo - the only man who could hold a candle to Marquez last year - is performing well below his own high standards. Sixth in France, well behind team-mate Rossi, is worrying.

Marquez has already opened up a 42 point lead over Pedrosa; Rossi is 44 in arrears, while Lorenzo is a massive 80 points off top.

We're only five races into the season, but Marquez's rivals are already very much on the ropes; if a few more rounds fall to the Catalan rider he'll have them on the canvas.