MotoGP: World title glory for Marc Marquez after rookie finishes third in Valencia

Last Updated: 10/11/13 11:30pm

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Marc Marquez: History maker at the age of 20

Marc Marquez: History maker at the age of 20

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Marc Marquez survived a tense final race of the season in Valencia en route to clinching the MotoGP world title for the first time.

Marquez, who needed to finish no lower than fourth to secure the world crown, crossed the line in third spot behind race winner Jorge Lorenzo.

In what was a turbulent start to the 30-lap race, Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa took turns to set the early pace, with pole-setter Marquez in third place.

But, on lap nine, with the leading five riders separated by less than one second, Pedrosa and Lorenzo forced each other wide allowing Marquez to slip into the lead - as Pedrosa briefly fell back into fifth.

However, the Yamaha of Lorenzo quickly regained top spot from Marquez who remained second until his Honda teammate Pedrosa nipped past five laps from the end.

With the race settling down during the latter stages, Lorenzo took the chequered flag 3.934 seconds ahead of Pedrosa with Marquez a further 3.423s adrift in third spot.

When all the dust had settled, Marquez had won the title by four points from Lorenzo who, in turn, beat Pedrosa by 30.

Youngest

At 20, Marquez becomes the youngest-ever world champion in this the Blue Riband event of motor-cycle racing - and also in his rookie season in this class.

The previous youngest winner was American Freddie Spencer who was 21 years and 258 days old when he won the 500cc title in 1983.

The last rookie to win the premier class before Marquez was Kenny Roberts 35 years ago.

"I feel... I cannot explain what I feel," Marquez told BBC Sport.

"It is a dream come true - maybe too early because I did not expect to fight for the championship this year.

"Jorge did a very good job, but thanks to all my team."

Lorenzo added: "I tried the first seven-10 laps to slow down the group. We tried our best, but when I saw the other riders didn't catch the group I tried to go away and win this race.

"Marc has been a deserving champion, so today is his day."

Bradley Smith was the leading Brit in seventh - 29 seconds behind Lorenzo - while Cal Crutchlow crashed on lap nine and watched the remainder of the race on TV after walking back to the pits. Italian Valentino Rossi was fourth.

Elsewhere, Spaniard Nicolas Terol claimed his third Moto2 victory of the season, after pole-setter Pol Espargaro crashed on lap eight out of 27.

Espargaro, who clinched the world title two weeks ago in Japan, had been leading at the time.

Winner Terol crossed the line 4.047 seconds clear of his compatriot Jordi Torres, while Briton Scott Redding finished a disappointing 15th.

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