At the age of 20, Marc Marquez became the youngest MotoGp champion after his third-place finish at the Valencia Grand Prix. The season-ending race ensured him the 2013 world title.
Marquez only had to finish within the top four to become the first rider to win the title in his debut season since Kenny Roberts in 1978. Roberts won the title at the age of 27.
Former world champion Jorge Lorenzo won the race in Spain and was the only driver that could pip Marquez to the title. Dani Pedrosa finished second in the race.
Marquez ended four points ahead of Lorenzo in the overall standings. Which turned out to be the smallest point gap for 21 years.
Marquez wrote his name into the history books in front of a crowd of 104,000 in his home country Spain, causing continuous celebrations throughout the strong crowd.
In his first amazing season at this level, Marquez broke records again by becoming the youngest winner of a premier class race. Taking victory at the Circuit of the Americas in April. Marquez recorded the most single wins for a rookie (6) and became the youngest to win four races back-to-back.
The race in Valencia was the title decider after defending champion Lorenzo had won the Australian Grand Prix.He also claimed victory in Japan. Marquez started the race on Sunday in pole before being overtaken by Lorenzo after the first corner.
Contact between Lorenzo and Pedrosa gave Marquez a chance to climb back up the leader board with 21 laps to go. Marquez found himself back at the front until Lorenzo battled again to retake the lead.
The gap between the top three and the rest of the leader board mounting, Marquez sensed he had done enough for victory and rode safe for the rest of the race to finish in third.
The world title is one of many titles the Spanish rider has won in his short career. Marquez has also won the Moto2 World Championship in 2011/12 and also won the 125cc World Championship in 2010.
Marquez made his debut at the age of 15 years and 56 days at the Portuguese Grand Prix and became the youngest drive to ever take pole position or a podium in a motorcycle racing world championship. His first podium was at the British Grand Prix on the 22nd June 2008.
Marquez then moved up to Moto2 in 2011, his first victory at this level came in the French Grand Prix.
On 12 July 2012, it was announced that Marquez had signed a two-year contract with the Repsol Honda team in MotoGP, replacing the retiring Casey Stoner alongside Dani Pedrosa, from 2013 onwards.
Valencia Grand Prix results:
1. Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Yamaha 46’10.302
2. Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Repsol Honda 46’14.236
3. Marc Marquez (Spa) Repsol Honda 46’17.659
4. Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 46’20.881
5. Alvaro Bautista (Spa) Honda Gresini 46’25.267
6. Stefan Bradl (Ger) LCR Honda 46’34.701
7. Bradley Smith (GB) Tech 3 Yamaha 46’39.345
8. Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati 46’50.195
9. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 47’03.498
10. Michele Pirro (Ita) Ducati Test Team 47’13.285
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