Moto GP

Marc Marquez Celebrates 2013 MotoGP Championship Win

Author: Aaryn Minerds


Repsol Honda rookie, Marc Marquez, has won the 2013 MotoGP World Championship by taking 3rd place behind race in the final race of the season in Valencia overnight.

Marquez who came into the final race of the season 13 points ahead of the regining MotoGP champion, Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo started the final race of the yearfrom pole position after setting a new lap record at the Spanish venue, but soon found himslef in the middle of a scrap for the lead after a slow get away from the line, leaving him behind both Lorenzo and his own team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

Needing only to finish fourth or better if Lorenzo was to win the race, Marquez slotted in behind the leading duo as Pedrosa pursued Lorenzo and attempted several passes.

At the beginning of lap 10, Pedrosa and Lorenzo touched briefly and this allowed Marquez to come through and take the lead with Pedrosa running off trackand dropping to 5th. Lorenzo would not give up so easy and on lap 11 he re-passed Marquez.

By lap 14 Pedrosa was back up to 3rd and closing in on Marquez. Dani recorded a new lap record on lap 22 with 1'31.628 and passed the young rookie on lap 26.
Marc Marquez lead the race for a brief period of time, before settling into third position to become the youngest ever MotoGP champion - Credit: Honda Racing
With just 4 laps remaining Marquez, showed maturity and patience, knowing that his position was enough to claim the Championship. He passed the line in 3rd place behind race winner Lorenzo and second placed Pedrosa and took his first MotoGP crown in his maiden year in the premier class and in doing so became the youngest rookie at 20 years 266 days to win the Championship.

‰ÛÏIt was a really long race, maybe the longest of my career!" Marquez admitted. "At the start I was very nervous, I know I said I wasn‰Ûªt but if I‰Ûªm honest I really was.

"Jorge had a very good start, as usual, and I wasn‰Ûªt sure which tactic to take. I followed Jorge and Dani and began to settle into the race. Then towards the end, I decided not to push as I knew my position was secure and safe to take the Championship.

"It has been a fantastic year, I am still in a dream! I really didn‰Ûªt expect this at the beginning and I am really so very happy.

"So thank you to all my team, my family and of course Honda and all our sponsors. The support from everyone and all my fans around the World has been incredible and I dedicate this Championship to you all!‰Û
While it was Marc Marquez who celebrated the Championship win, Jorge Lorenzo ended the season with most wins to his name - Credit: Yamaha Racing
While Marquez celebrated his four ponit championship lead, 2013 championship runner up, Lorenzo wrapped up the year with his ninth win of the season in front of a record crowd of 104,000 race fans at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.

‰ÛÏI slowed the start of the race a little but I think it didn't work out because the other riders, Bautista, Valentino, Crutchlow and the others needed some tenths more to stay there." Lorenzo explained. "I tried first and last to play a little bit with the race and I managed it quite well but I couldn't stay there for too long.

"When I looked behind I could see that Valentino was very far away so I thought that today it was better to concentrate on winning the race and waiting to see if Marc makes a mistake.

"Now we have to celebrate second in the standings which is a good place. We have to congratulate Marc because he really deserved the championship and we will make a party tonight!‰Û
Dani Pedrosa was on pace for a shot at winning the Valencia race, but was left to finish in a lonely second position after a run in with Jorge Lorenzo - Credit: Honda Racing
Pedrosa's second place finish could have easily have been a win if it was not for the altercation he had with Lorenzo at the beggining of the 10th lap.

"The race was difficult at the start because of the overtaking moves between myself and Jorge. However, we fought to the limit until I was taken a little off the track and lost ground as a result." Pedrosa stated.

"Above all, I want to congratulate Marc today. He has done an excellent job this season and had a great campaign. We should take our hats off to him because he has achieved something historic; to win the MotoGP title as a rookie is incredible," he added.

Factory Yamaha's Valentino Rossi was the four rider to cross the line, some three seconds behind Marquez, while Go&Fun Honda Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista rounded out the top five at the final event of the year.

Bautista's CRT, Australian team-mate, Bryan Staring finished the G.P in 19th while fellow Australian Damian Cudlin racing for Paul Bird Motorsport was forced to retire from the race early.

While the 2013 season has come to and end, there will be little rest for the ridrers as the hit the Valencia track in the coming days to start testing for the 2014 season.
Moto Gp Podum - Credit: Honda Racing
Race Results, Valencia Round 18:
1. Jorge Lorenzo 46m10.302s ESP YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
2. Dani Pedrosa 3.934 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3. Marc Marquez 7.357 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4. Valentino Rossi 10.579 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5. Alvaro Bautista 14.965 ESP HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
6. Stefan Bradl 24.399 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
7. Bradley Smith 29.043 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
8. Nicky Hayden 39.893 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
9. Andrea Dovizioso 53.196 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
10. Michele Pirro 1'02.983 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
11. Aleix Espargaro 1'04.197 ESP ART Power Electronics Aspar
12. Hector Barbera 1'06.826 ESP FTR Avintia Blusens
13. Claudio Corti 1'11.481 ITA FTR NGM Forward Racing
14. Danilo Petrucci 1'13.643 ITA IODA Came IodaRacing Project
15. Colin Edwards 1'24.249 USA FTR NGM Forward Racing
16. Hiroshi Aoyama 1'33.010 JPN FTR Avintia Blusens
17. Michael Laverty 1 Lap WAL ART Paul Bird Motorsport
18. Luca Scassa 1 Lap ITA ART Cardion AB Motoracing
19. Bryan Staring 1 Lap AUS HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
20. Martin Bauer 1 Lap AUT S&B SUTER Remus Racing Team
21. Andrea Iannone DNF ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
22. Randy De Puniet DNF FRA ART Power Electronics Aspar
23. Cal Crutchlow DNF GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
24. Yonny Hernandez DNF COL ART Paul Bird Motorsport
25. Lukas Pesek DNF CZE IODA Came IodaRacing Project
26. Damian Cudlin DNF AUS ART Paul Bird Motorsport

Final 2013 MotoGP Championship Standings:
1. Marc Marquez 334 pts
2. Jorge Lorenzo 330 pts
3. Dani Pedrosa 300 pts
4. Valentino Rossi 237 pts
5. Cal Crutchlow 188 pts
6. Alvaro Bautista 171 pts
7. Stefan Bradl 156 pts
8. Andrea Dovizioso 140 pts
9. Nicky Hayden 126 pts
10. Bradley Smith 116 pts
11. Aleix Espargaro 93 pts
12. Andrea Iannone 57 pts
13. Michele Pirro 56 pts
14. Colin Edwards 41 pts
15. Randy De Puniet 36 pts
16. Hector Barbera 35 pts
17. Danilo Petrucci 26 pts
18. Yonny Hernandez 21 pts
19. Claudio Corti 14 pts
20. Hiroshi Aoyama 13 pts
21. Ben Spies 9 pts
22. Katsuyuki Nakasuga 5 pts
23. Karel Abraham 5 pts
24. Alex de Angelis 5 pts
25. Michael Laverty 3 pts
26. Bryan Staring 2 pts
27. Javier del Amor 1 pts

Top Image: Marc Marquez celebrates his Championship win with his Spanish Fans.
Credit: Honda Racing

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