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MotoGP: Marc Márquez becomes youngest-ever world champion and first title-holder in his rookie season in 35 years
11 November 2013 @ 00:21

SPAIN'S Marc Márquez has made history as the youngest-ever MotoGP World Champion and the first since Kenny Roberts in 1978 to scoop up the title in his first-ever year.

The 20-year-old rookie only needed a fourth place at today (Sunday)'s Valencia Grand Prix at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Cheste to be sure of snatching the championship spot from his nearest rival and reigning world leader until now, Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha).

In the end, Lorenzo won the race and Márquez came third after deciding not to take any unnecessary risks and stay well away from the battle at the head of the race between his two compatriots, Mallorca-born Lorenzo and his own team-mate, Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda).


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foxbat said:
11 November 2013 @ 23:13

Congratulations to Marc Marquez but I really can't say that the best man won the championship. Marc's youthful exuberance is going to catch him out sooner or later and he will take a major spill. Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa both had accidents this year and these are guys with a wealth of experience. If consistency instead of points was to be the decider then Lorenzo would still be the world champion and Pedrosa a very close second. Marc is still very young and impetuous... a little too impetuous to my mind.
Got to give it to Spain though... they have a lot of talent both at the top and coming up through the ranks.
As an aside, the Australian Grand Prix was an unmitigated disaster for all concerned and I truly believe that points awarded and Marquez' disqualification should be discounted. In foreshortening the race and enforcing a bike change half way through the organisers turned this into essentially two separate races.. if the track surface was so abrasive as to kill tyres after just ten laps there is something seriously wrong with it; Bridgestone and the bike manufacturers should have filed protests and called for the cancellation of the race. The track owners put the lives of these very talented motogp riders at considerable risk...

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