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Marc Marquez becomes youngest ever Moto GP world champion

Nov 10, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

Honda MotoGP rider Spanish Marquez celebrates on podium after becoming the youngest MotoGP world champion at the end of the Valencia Motorcycle Grand Pri in Cheste Reuters

Marc Marquez has become the youngest world champion in the history of Moto GP after clinching the title at his first attempt in the final round of the 2013 season in Spain today.

Marquez only made his debut in the premier class of motorcycle racing at the beginning of the season after winning support class, Moto 2, last year. Despite being just twenty years old, the Spaniard was taken on by the factory Honda team for 2013 alongside compatriot Dani Pedrosa.

Marquez immediately proved his worth though, winning just his second Moto GP race at the Grand Prix of the Americas held in Austin, Texas, back in April. The Spaniard also won the other two races held in the United States at Laguna Seca and Indianapolis which comprised part of a four-race win streak that put him in control of the championship.

With three rounds to go, Marquez was in a position to seal the championship but a mix-up in the pits meant that he was disqualified, allowing championship rival Jorge Lorenzo to inflict maximum damage on the Honda rider. Lorenzo won again at the penultimate round in Japan to take the championship to the final race in Spain, and despite the Yamaha rider claiming a third consecutive win in Valencia, Marquez finished third to clinch the title by just four points.

Marquez becomes the first rookie champion in Moto GP since Kenny Roberts back in 1978. At the age of just twenty, he also becomes the youngest ever 500cc world champion. Marquez became the youngest ever winner of a premier class race at the Circuit of the Americas earlier this season as well as becoming the youngest pole-sitter at that race.

As the riders and teams look ahead to 2014, all eyes will be on Marquez to see if he can repeat this incredible form and begin to create a legacy in Moto GP despite his relative infancy.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Nov 10, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    If anyone bothers to read this story, well done. There’s hope to MotoGP racing in the US yet. Also, if you’ve never watched a MotoGP race, this is one to start with. Absolutely fantastic. More motorcycle racing coverage, please!

  2. worknman24hours - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    What a great season from every MotoGP racer and team but no more then from this amazing young racer Marc Marquez.

    Terrifyingly out of control at almost every braking turn in point, Marc thrilled us all year long as he steadfastly refused to be slowed down by anyone and anything enroute to his rookie MotoGP World Championship.

    What a great season and what a great win.

    Congrats to Marc and thanks for the thrills and chills all year long.

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