Marc Marquez, the 20-year-old from Cervera, Spain, became the youngest ever World Champion of the premier class of MotoGP as he finished third in the Valencia Grand Prix held yesterday.
In his first season of racing the in the premier class of the sport, Marquez had already broken numerous records. He currently is the youngest premier class race winner and pole-sitter, and with his win at Valencia has become the first rookie in 35 years to become world champion.
At the end of the Valencia GP, Marquez stood third, sharing the podium with his teammate Dani Pedrosa in second and Jorge Lorenzo in first.
Two time world champion Lorenzo, in an attempt to try and deny Marquez of the championship, slowed the pace of the race after he shot to the lead early on. His tactics came crashing down, as on lap ten, Dani Pedrosa who was in second place managed to pass him only to have the door shut at the next corner. The controversial move gave way for Marquez to take the lead.
However in the very next lap, Lorenzo managed to regain his lead and soon Dani Pedrosa was hot on his trail after being waved through by Marquez. At this point, understanding that Marquez was bound to win the 2013 Championship, Lorenzo dropped all tactics and chose to power to the finish line taking the victory.
Lorenzo secured his eighth win of the season (two more than Marquez), Dani Pedrosa in second picked up his 13th podium finish and Marquez in a comfortable third position became the world champion.
Lower down in the order, Valentino Rossi who had broken partnership with his long time crew chief Jeremy Burgess, took fourth, ahead of Alvaro Bautista who took fifth. Stefan Bradl finished in sixth place, with Bradley Smith in seventh followed by Nicky Hayden who was on his last race for team Ducati in eighth.
The race at Valencia brought a close to the 2013 season of MotoGP, with pre-season testing for the 2014 season beginning from the very next day. The 2014 campaign will kick-off in Qatar on 23 March, with Marquez heading to the Losail International Circuit as the 26th premier class MotoGP champion.