Mar­quez takes record break­ing 13th vic­tory

The Star Early Edition - - MOTORSPORT - JESSE ADAMS

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.

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