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 Wins Japan MotoGP to Clinch Third MotoGP Title

Make that three for Marc Marquez

The 23-year-old Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer clinched his third MotoGP title in dramatic fashion on Sunday with a big win at the Japan MotoGP as his closest title rivals Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo both crashed out.

Marc Marquez

Marquez, a rider for Repsol Honda, now has an undisputable 77-point lead over Rossi in the championship with three rounds still remaining after his triumph at Motegi, the home circuit for his team’s manufacturer.

Rossi, an Italian legend, had started from the pole position and was involved in an exciting duel with Marquez until an early trip to the gravel ended his chances of a 10th world title.

Marc Marquez

Rossi’s teammate Lorenzo, the reigning world champion, was left as the only man who could deny his fellow Spaniard Marquez the title, but while in second place, he too made a painful exit.

It left Marquez to ride to his fifth win of the season and a third world title in four years in the premier class of motorcycling.

With the Yamaha challenge over, Andrea Dovizioso took a fine second for Ducati with Maverick Vinales of Team Suzuki completing the podium with another fine ride.

But all eyes were on Marquez, who admitted he hadn’t expected to clinch the championship, the reality only sinking in after Lorenzo exited in dramatic fashion.

“When I saw Rossi out I thought ‘ok, the old style can come back and I’ll go for the victory!’ Then Lorenzo crashed and I missed a lot of gears when I realized what it meant,” he told the official MotoGP website.

Losing the crown to Lorenzo in 2015 as a two-time reigning champion had also acted as a big motivation for Marquez this season.

“It was a big price I paid — losing a title last year — to learn what I know now. I felt more pressure this year and it was hard to manage throughout the season,” he admitted.

But manage he has, as his rivals Rossi and Lorenzo began to feel the pressure, Marquez’s key victory in the previous round at Aragon paving the way for his eventual triumph Sunday.

It is the fifth world title for Marquez, who won earlier championships in the 125cc and Moto2 classes before graduating to MotoGP with such success at such a young age.

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 Stays Perfect in Moto GP with Win at Indianapolis Grand Prix

Marc Marquez is a perfect 10…

The 21-year-old Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and current MotoGP world champion won his 10th MotoGP race in a row at the Indianapolis Grand Prix on Sunday.

Marc Marquez

Marquez recovered from a bad start to take the lead, gave it right back and then retook the lead for the final 18 laps, beating compatriot Jorge Lorenzo by 1.803 seconds to become the first back-to-back winner in Indianapolis. Italy’s Valentino Rossi finished third.

Though Marquez has been virtually unstoppable this season, with eight poles and 10 wins in 10 races, it appeares as if a couple of early miscues just might put that winning streak in jeopardy. But Marquez wasn’t about to let that happen.

“Every race I go to the weekend and I say, ‘OK, here maybe is the time to finish second or third. Here will be the time that I will struggle,'” Marquez said. “But every race I feel so strong. The most important thing is that I enjoy seeing the podium and the team enjoy every victory like the first one. So it is important to keep the motivation and the concentration, and we will see. But it will be so difficult to win every race.”

With his tenth consecutive win, Marquez equals Mick Doohan‘s 1997 record and continues his dominance in 2014.

But Marquez is quite familiar with breaking records and pursuing milestones since joining the MotoGP last year.

He’s the youngest world champion in history, and he’s now the youngest rider to win 10 straight races, breaking the mark Mike Hailwood set in 1964 when he was 24 years, 86 days old. Marquez is 21 years, 174 days.

And Marquez’s latest win also gave the powerful Spaniards their 500th grand prix victory.

Perhaps this should have been expected, given Marquez’s track record. He’s won all five American races over the past two seasons and has now pulled off a rare feat at one of racing’s most famous venues — four straight race wins. In addition to the 2013 and 2014 Indy GP titles, Marquez also won Indy’s Moto2 races in 2011 and 2012.

Marquez Continues His Perfect MotoGP Season with Italian Grand Prix Victory

It’s an unbelievable start of the MotoGP season for Marc Marquez

The 21-year-old Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and current MotoGP world champion won the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday with a picture perfect pass at the start of the final lap to extend his flawless start to the MotoGP season.

Marc Marquez

With his sixth consecutive victory, Marquez became the first rider since Valentino Rossi won seven straight in 2002 to take six or more successive races.

Marquez started on pole but trailed Jorge Lorenzo for much of the race before finally passing his fellow Spaniard on a straight with seven laps to go.

The pair then traded the lead several times before Marquez finally surged in front for good around the outside of the Mugello circuit’s first turn.

“This was the toughest race of the year,” Marquez said. “I think it was a great show.”

Marquez, who rides for Repsol Honda, clocked 41 minutes, 38.254 seconds. Lorenzo finished 0.121 behind and seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi was third, 2.688 back.

Spanish rider Tito Rabat won the Moto2 race to extend his championship lead with his third victory of the season.

Italian teenager Roman Fenati took the Moto3 race, celebrating the home victory on a specially designed bike in national colors red, white and green.

A last lap crash between championship leader Jack Miller, Alex Marquez — Marc’s younger brother — and Enea Bastianini saw them all miss out on the points.

Next up is the Catalonia Grand Prix in two weeks.