Marquez takes record breaking 13th victory
HONDA rider Marc Marquez, who clinched his second successive MotoGP championship four races ago in Japan, finished the year in style by winning the season-ender in Valencia on Sunday, and in the process set a new record of 13 wins in a single season.
The Spaniard took the lead on the 11th lap and never looked back, crossing the finish line 3.5 seconds ahead of second placed Valentino Rossi on a Yamaha.
Rossi’s result secured him second spot in the championship, and it was his 13th podium finish of the year. Marquez’s Repsol team-mate Dani Pedrosa finished third, his tenth podium of 2014.
Third place in this year’s championship went to Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo despite retiring with six laps to go. With the threat of rain in the air, Lorenzo gambled with a switch to a wet-weather bike mid-race, but the track stayed dry enough for slick tyres.
“I’m really happy with how it went, almost more so than when I won the championship in Japan,” said Marquez after the race.
Marquez’s celebrations also coincided with his younger brother Alex taking the Moto3 Championship on the day. A crucial third place result for Alex in Valencia was enough to ensure the title by just two points from Australian Jack Miller who went on to win the race on a KTM. Isaac Vinales, on another KTM was second. South African Moto3 rider Brad Binder finished ninth on his Mahindra, but will return next year in the same Honda team that gave Alex Marquez his championship.
Marc and Alex Marquez are the first siblings to win world titles in motorcyle Grand Prix racing.
In the Moto2 category a close race between Thomas Luthi (Suter) and Esteve Rabat (Kalex) saw the former take the flag by a hair’s breadth.
Rabat later said that his bike ran out of fuel on the final dash to the line. Johan Zarco on a Caterham Suter finished a lonely third ten seconds back.
Esteve Rabat had already claimed the Moto2 title at the Malaysian round last month.