Marc Marquez Becomes Youngest Rider to Win Four MotoGP World Championships

Marc Marquez has earned a spot in the annals of sports history…

The 24-year-old Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer became the youngest rider in MotoGP history to win four world championships on Sunday at a dramatic Valencia MotoGP.

Marc Marquez

Watched by a crowd of 110,000 at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, the race pitted Marquez, a rider for Repsol Honda, against Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso.

Marquez finished in third place, while Dovizioso retired after crashing into the gravel late into the race, ensuring Marquez, the defending world champion, retained his crown.

It was a tense finale at the end of a close-fought 2017 MotoGP season.

Marquez was defending a 21-point championship lead over Dovizioso heading in the 18th and final race and sped into an early lead from pole position.

Marquez sensibly let combative Frenchman Johann Zarco through to head the race. Behind them, Marquez’s Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa and the two Ducatis of Jorge Lorenzo and Dovizioso gave chase.

For long periods, it appeared that Lorenzo was inexplicably holding up his teammate. Signals from his crew seemed to be imploring the Malaga man to allow Dovizioso through, but to no avail.

Meanwhile, Marquez followed Zarco at the front, apparently content to let the Frenchman pursue a maiden premier class win. However, as the laps ticked down, Marquez ran out of patience and swept by, only to lose the front end of his Honda in the following corner.

It was the kind of moment that has come to define his career. 

As his bike began to slide from beneath him, Marquez jammed an elbow into the tarmac, lifting the Honda back onto its wheels. The bike hit the gravel, but Marquez somehow managed to maintain control and re-join the race, in fifth place.

Shortly after though, Lorenzo and Dovizioso’s races ended. Lorenzo spectacularly crashing out, while Dovizioso — like Marquez — succumbed to the lure of the gravel. Unlike his rival though, he was unable to keep his bike upright.

Pedrosa denied Zarco his first MotoGP win, with last year’s Moto2 champion finishing second.  Marquez clawed his way back to third, meaning he could celebrate his championship win from the podium.

Marquez’s victory was his fourth in five years in motorcycling’s premier class and his sixth world title overall — he won the 125cc class in 2010 and the Moto2 crown two years later.

“I’m living a dream,” Marquez told reporters after the race. “‘Six Titles’ are big words.”

“Today the race was incredibly tense and exciting — a bit ‘Marquez Style’,” he laughed. “I made a mistake, but I also made my best save of the year.”

Pedrosa was aghast at his teammate’s save: “It was incredible. The smoke, the noise, the speed — wow, impressive!”

Dovizioso was philosophical about his season. “I tried everything and I think that we have to be pleased with this weekend.  We weren’t as quick as Marquez but we fought to the very end,” he said.

“I put myself in the right position but, unfortunately, I didn’t have many cards to play.”

He also rubbished suggestions that Lorenzo had held him up. “In the end staying behind him helped me ride in a smoother way, so it was positive he was in front of me,” he explained.

Marquez Races to Fifth Consecutive Title at MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas

Make that cinco for Marc Marquez

The 24-year-old Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, a three-time MotoGP world champion, won his fifth consecutive MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas on Sunday.

Marc Marquez

Marquez earned his 30th career MotoGP win and his ninth in a row on American soil dating back to 2013.

The victory also gets the Repsol Honda rider back into the season title chase. Movistar Yamaha‘s Maverick Vinales, who won the first two races of the year, crashed early and didn’t finish. With Vinales out, teammate Valentino Rossi took over the top spot with a second-place finish that made him the points leader as the series heads to Europe.

Marc Marquez

Marquez started from pole position. Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa grabbed the early lead through the first turn and held it until Marquez passed him with 13 laps to go in the 21-lap race.

Marquez has started from pole position in each of his Texas wins and has rarely faced a challenge to the checkered flag.

Rossi leads the season title chase with 56 points, six ahead of Vinales. Rossi, 38, has seven career MotoGP championships but none since 2009.

Lorenzo Claims MotoGP World Title with Win at Sunday’s Valencia Grand Prix

Jorge Lorenzo has added another world title to his racing resume…

The 28-year-old Spanish professional motorcycle road racer won his third MotoGP title with a victory at the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix on Sunday, as Valentino Rossi failed to make up enough ground on his Yamaha teammate from the back of the grid.

Jorge Lorenzo

Lorenzo entered the race trailing Rossi by seven points, but the veteran Italian couldn’t manage more than a fourth-place finish.

Rossi, who needed second place to guarantee the title, started last on the grid because of a penalty for kicking Marc Marquez in the previous race.

After the checkered flag, Rossi went on a rant against Marquez and accused him of protecting his fellow Spaniard in the last three races of the season.

Lorenzo finished with 330 points, five more than Rossi, who was trying to win his eighth world title and the first since 2009.

“This was one of the toughest races, if not the toughest of my life,” Lorenzo said. “The tension and the pressure was very high from the first corner, but I tried to push to the limit, like I usually do.”

Lorenzo added to his MotoGP triumphs in 2010 and 2012, after wins in the 250cc category in 2006 and 2007.

He started from pole position and stayed in front at the Ricardo Tormo circuit outside Valencia. He grabbed Spain’s flag and rode with it around the track in his victory lap.

“It was very emotional. I was crying throughout the victory lap,” he said. “What we achieved today is huge after a very difficult season. Five times now. I’m very proud to have won this world title for Spain.”

Marquez, the winner of the past two MotoGP championships, finished the race behind Lorenzo in second, but he never tried to make a significant move for the lead.

Dani Pedrosa, winner of two of the past three races, was third to close out the all-Spanish podium.

“I was riding over the limit,” Marquez said. “I was preparing the attack for the last two laps, but Dani overtook me, and we lost time. Second place is not the best way to finish the season, but next year, we will be back to try to fight for the title again.”

Rossi said Marquez was protecting Lorenzo.

“Today was embarrassing for everybody because it was unbelievable. The behavior of Marquez is something very bad for everything, especially for the sport,” Rossi said. “I hope that he will understand what he did in these last three races in the future of his career. At the end, I think that also Lorenzo have to not be very happy, as it is not a championship that was won on track.”

Lorenzo had a clean start, but Rossi quickly moved up the field behind him and had already reached 10th place just two laps into the 30-lap race.

Rossi continued to press forward and got to fifth after 10 laps, but he couldn’t make much ground after reaching fourth place two laps later. His only chance was if something happened to the riders ahead of him. He could have won the title if both Marquez and Pedrosa passed Lorenzo at the end.

There was extra interest in the Valencia GP after Rossi had a role in Marquez’s crash in Malaysia two weeks ago and also accused him of trying to favor his fellow Spaniard in the title race. Rossi appealed his penalty to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but his request was denied a day before the first practice session Friday in Valencia.

Lorenzo hadn’t won since the Aragon GP four races ago, but he had finished on the podium every time since then. The Yamaha rider ended the year with seven victories, including all four races in Spain.

The 36-year-old Rossi won four races and had only three podium finishes since he won the British GP six races ago.

It was the second time Rossi entered the season-ending race with the points lead but failed to win the title. He was surpassed in the standings by American Nicky Hayden in 2006 after falling early in the decisive race in Valencia and finishing only 13th.

Lorenzo Races to the Title at the Aragon MotoGP

Jorge Lorenzo is racing closer to the top in the race for the MotoGP title.

The 28-year-old Spanish professional motorcycle road racer took the lead at the start of the Aragon MotoGP on Sunday and held on for victory after Marc Marquez‘s early fall to move closer to points leader Valentino Rossi in the title race.

Jorge Lorenzo

Marquez went down just two laps into the race while trying to reach Lorenzo and had to retire.

Rossi was edged out of second after a fierce battle with Dani Pedrosa on the final lap.

Lorenzo moved to within 14 points of Rossi with four races to go. Two-time defending MotoGP champion Marquez, who abandoned for the fifth time in 14 races, dropped 79 points behind Rossi in third place.

Marquez was trying to become the youngest rider to reach 50 grand prix wins.

Lorenzo won his 31st MotoGP race, and 60th overall in all categories, a feat only four other riders have attained.

“It was a good start, it was important to get ahead of Marc and lead the first laps,” Lorenzo said. “It was very hard to stay in front so when I saw that Marc had crashed I started breathing a little easier. He was doing all he could to stay close and I think he ended forcing too much.”

Lorenzo started second with his Yamaha, behind pole-sitter Marquez, but was already in front of his fellow Spaniard before the first turn at the 5.1-kilometer (3.1-mile) MotorLand circuit.

The next MotoGP race is October 11 in Japan.

Lorenzo Wins Czech Grand Prix to Tighten MotoGP Championship Fight with Valentino Rossi

It’s Czech Mate for Jorge Lorenzo.

The 28-year-old Spanish motorcycle road racer won the Czech Grand Prix on Sunday for his fifth triumph of the season to tighten the MotoGP championship fight with Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi.

Jorge Lorenzo

Lorenzo and Rossi lead the overall standings with 211 points and seven races to go. Defending champion Marc Marquez is 52 points back.

Lorenzo with the Movistar Yamaha team covered 22 laps of the 5.403-kilometer (3.358-mile) Brno circuit in 42 minutes, 53.042 seconds for his 38th overall MotoGP victory.

With a perfect start from pole, Lorenzo took the lead, followed by Marquez, and gradually sped away, steadily stretching his advantage throughout the race.

“Luckily, I had a little bit more pace than Marc and I could win this very important victory … because now I’m leading the championship with Valentino,” said Lorenzo, the 2010 and 2012 MotoGP champion. “For Marc, it’s now more difficult to recover.”

Marquez finished second, 4.462 seconds behind and is 52 points back in the standings.

Marquez, who won the last two championships, finished second, 4.462 seconds behind.

“I just tried to keep the distance from Valentino,” the Spaniard said. “Today, I did the maximum. I’m happy for the result.”

Starting third on the grid, Rossi dropped to fifth after the start before quickly rallying to third. He crossed the line 10.397 back. Andrea Iannone on a Ducati was fourth followed by Dani Pedrosa, the Honda Repsol teammate of Marquez.

The next race is the British Grand Prix on August 30.

Marquez Races to Victory at the German Moto Grand Prix

Marc Marquez continues his winning ways in Germany…

The 22-year-old Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle racer and current MotoGP world champion beat Dani Pedrosa for a Repsol Honda 1-2 at the German Moto Grand Prix on Sunday, claiming his sixth straight victory in as many visits at the Sachsenring.

Marc Marquez

Marquez crossed the finish line in 41 minutes, 1.087 seconds to maintain his run of German victories, all from pole position, after wins in MotoGP (2013, 2014), Moto2 (2011, 2012) and 125cc (2010).

“From the beginning I felt good and when I had the gap I just tried to manage it,” Marquez said.

It was the Marquez’s second victory of the season. Compatriot Pedrosa was 2.226 seconds behind.

Italian nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi finished third, 5.608 behind, to stretch his lead atop the MotoGP standings to 13 points over Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who was fourth, almost 10 seconds back.

“I tried to battle but (Pedrosa) was too quick,” Rossi said. “Anyway, it’s another podium, I gained three points on Jorge which is important for the championship. We know that we always suffer here against the Hondas.”

Marquez is 65 points behind Rossi at the halfway stage of the championship and faces a battle to keep his world title even after his 21st Moto GP win.

Italy’s Andrea Iannone and British riders Bradley Smith and Cal Crutchlow were all well back in fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.

Marquez Retains His MotoGP Title with Second-Place Finish at the Grand Prix of Japan

Marc Marquez is officially a back-to-back champ…

The 21-year-old Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and current MotoGP world champion has defended his title with a second-place finish on Sunday at the Grand Prix of Japan.

Marc Marquez

Marquez, who came in behind compatriot Jorge Lorenzo, crossed the line 1.638 seconds to collect the crucial points for the world championship win.

Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi of Italy completed the podium in third place.

Lorenzo took his second successive victory with a time of 42 minutes, 21.259 seconds over 24 laps at the 2.983-mile Honda-owned Motegi circuit.

With three races left in the season, Marquez has 312 points, 82 points ahead of Rossi and Dani Pedrosa. Riders are awarded 25 points for a win.

Having started fourth on the grid, Marquez passed Rossi midway through the race, then made an attempt to catch Lorenzo, but the Yamaha rider held his lead and Marquez settled for second.

At 21, Marquez is the youngest rider to take consecutive premier world titles.

“The race doesn’t really matter today,” Marquez said. “Maybe I wasn’t riding like always, as I felt a little different. It was hard to overtake, and I didn’t want to make any mistakes.

“We got the title and it’s incredible to take it at home.”

The next race is at Phillip Island, Australia, on October 19.

Pedrosa Ends Marc Marquez’s MotoGP Streak with Win at Czech Grand Prix

Dani Pedrosa has stopped Marc Marquez’s impressive MotoGP run…

The 28-year-old Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle racer won the Czech Grand Prix on Sunday, ending the defending world champion’s season-long winning streak.

Dani Pedrosa

Pedrosa, who rides for Repsol Honda, covered 22 laps of the 3.358-mile Brno circuit in 42 minutes, 47.800 seconds for his 26th MotoGP victory.

Starting fifth, Pedrosa took the lead after overtaking Jorge Lorenzo with 17 laps remaining before cruising to victory.

“Overall I had a good experience at this track,” Pedrosa said. “It’s a little difficult when Marc is winning all the time so I’m very happy.”

Lorenzo finished second, 0.410 behind, and his Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s teammate Valentino Rossi was third, 5.259 seconds behind Pedrosa. Rossi competed with a left little finger injury he sustained in a crash on Saturday.

Marquez came fourth, finishing 10.454 behind the leader.

After winning all 10 previous MotoGP races, Marquez was seeking a record 11th victory. He started on pole but gradually dropped to sixth before rallying to third but Rossi passed him with 10 laps left.

“The Clinica Mobile made a good setting with the finger,” Rossi said. “I’m happy, I finally get to beat Marquez for the first time and I want to be fast in Silverstone.”

The next race is the British Grand Prix on Aug. 31.

Marquez still comfortably leads the overall standings with 263 points and seven races remaining. Pedrosa, his Honda teammate, is second with 186 and Rossi is third on 173.

Márquez Makes History While Claiming His Ninth Consecutive MotoGP Title

Marc Márquez remains the man to beat in the MotoGP race…

The 21-year-old Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and current MotoGP world champion won the German Grand Prix on Sunday for the fifth time in as many visits to make it nine victories from as many races in his MotoGP title defense.

Marc Marquez

Márquez, at age 21, is the youngest rider ever to win nine consecutive races.

He finished comfortably ahead of compatriots Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo. Valentino Rossi was fourth.

The start of the race was disrupted by rain, and the podium finishers started from the pit lane after switching from a wet set-up to dry.

“I was worried about the back of the track initially and in the end my strategy was to copy Dani and Rossi, my main rivals for the championship. I followed them,” said Marquez.

Home favorite Stefan Bradl led the early laps but his bike was not set up for the drying conditions and the German rider finished a disappointing 16th.

Marquez, who had claimed pole position, cut through the pack before pulling clear with Repsol Honda teammate Pedrosa, who ultimately finished 1.466 seconds behind. Lorenzo was 10.317 seconds off the winning time.

“The race was nice in the beginning because I overtook several riders and then I had a good battle with Dani. I’m really happy for this victory. Now we can relax a bit,” said Marquez, referring to the summer break.

Marquez stretched his lead in the standings to 225 points, ahead of Pedrosa on 148 and Rossi on 141.

Márquez Becomes Youngest-Ever MotoGP Champion

Sure, he didn’t win the Valencia Grand Prix on Sunday… But Marc Márquez still has plenty of reason to celebrate.

The 20-year-old Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer has become the youngest MotoGP champion.

Marc Márquez

Márquez’s third-place finish at the season-ending event in Valencia, Spain secured him the 2013 world title in his rookie year.

Jorge Lorenzo won the race but Márquez only needed to finish in the top four to become the first to win the world title in his debut season in 35 years.

Dani Pedrosa was second, but only Lorenzo could deny Márquez.

“This is a dream that comes true,” he said. “I cannot explain what I feel.”

The win for Márquez sparked wild celebrations throughout the 104,000-strong crowd as the phenom wrote his name into the history books.

“I didn’t expect to fight for the championship [this season],” Márquez told BBC Sport. “Jorge Lorenzo did a great job but thanks to my team.”

Lorenzo said: “Marquez has been a deserving champion, today is his day.”