Marc Marquez broke Mick Doohan's premier class win record with his 13th victory of the season. Marc Marquez broke Mick Doohan's premier class win record with his 13th victory of the season. Photo courtesy motogp.com

Marquez ends season with record win

Written by  on Sunday, 09 November 2014 15:59

The MotoGP™ race at the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana saw Marc Marquez score a record 13th premier class win of the season on Sunday, ahead of Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa. The result sees Rossi clinch the runner-up spot in the championship.

Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) set a new record for most victories in a single campaign in the top class, having equaled Mick Doohan’s total of 12 wins in 1997 last time out in Sepang.

The race saw light rain fall, with Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Iannone electing to move onto bikes set up for the wet on lap 20, a decision which would prove costly for both.

A crash on Saturday saw 2014 MotoGP™ World Champion Marquez starting from down in fifth, his worst grid spot of the season. A solid start to the race had him up into third and chasing Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Iannone (Pramac Racing), who had broken away.

Iannone and Marquez reignited their Moto2™ rivalry as the pair dueled for several corners before Marquez took the lead on lap 11, Iannone running wide soon after. Rossi posed some challenge, but Marquez was able to create a gap, winning by 3.5 seconds.

“I thought about Aragon when it started raining again,” Marquez said. “I had some doubt about whether to go in or not. There were only two or three wet corners, we showed that Aragon taught us something. Today we chose the best strategy.

“Now we have to enjoy 2014, it will be difficult, if not impossible to repeat this next year.”

Rossi notched up the 13th rostrum result of a remarkable season for him too.

“I’m so happy because I finished this positive season with a good race,” the Italian said. “Today was very difficult, the conditions were impossible to understand. We worked well and I was strong. I wasn’t so far from Marc and I felt good on the bike. We had a problem on the right side of the tire, we knew about it during the practice. The temperature and condition of the track made the tire suffer a lot so I couldn’t stay with Marc through the right handers.”

Pedrosa recovered from an uncharacteristically slow start, dropping him behind the factory Ducati pair of Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso. The Honda rider eventually broke the pair and attempted to close the gap to Rossi.

Slight rain throughout the race stopped Pedrosa advancing, the Spaniard settling for third, 10.5 seconds from Rossi. Finishing first and third hands Repsol Honda the Team Championship for 2014, giving them a clean sweep of Rider, Team and Constructor Championships.

“Not an easy race,” Pedrosa admitted. “The middle was tricky because it got a bit wet. I had a bad start and I lost touch with Marquez and Rossi. I was a little stronger in the opening laps than always. It’s better to finish on the podium than not, overall not the best season but I’m happy.

“It’s been a tough season with some problems throughout. But you have to take the positives and learn from it all. We’re looking forward to improving and being stronger next year.”

Dovizioso beat Crutchlow to the line for fourth place by just 0.068s in their final race together as teammates.

Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) was sixth in the race to confirm sixth in the championship in an excellent rookie season. Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) crossed the line 0.284s behind his brother in seventh, giving him seventh place overall in the standings.

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP), wild card Michele Pirro (Ducati Team) and Scott Redding (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) completed the top 10.

On lap 20 Lorenzo and Iannone took the decision to swap bikes as light rain fell. Lorenzo then pulled into the pits on lap 26 having worn down wet tires on a track which remained relatively dry, while Iannone ended up 22nd.

Yonny Hernandez (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing) was forced to retire during the early stages with a technical problem. Suzuki’s MotoGP return also ended with Randy De Puniet (Team Suzuki MotoGP) in the pits.

Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) suffered a small crash, but was able to remount and recover to 14th.

Tom Luthi took the victory in the final Moto2™ race of the year at Valencia, overtaking Tito Rabat on the final straight, with the World Champion slowing after the last corner and letting the Swiss rider slip in front. Johann Zarco finished third.

A close battle between Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team) and Luthi (Interwetten Sitag) saw the Swiss rider come out on top in dramatic fashion at the death. Rabat stated afterwards that he had encountered a fuel shortage coming out of the final corner, allowing Luthi to charge forward and claim victory.

It was a lonely ride for Zarco (Caterham Suter) in third, as he finished 10 seconds down on the leading duo.

Luis Salom (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) beat Xavier Simeon (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2), who had pushed hard to catch the Spaniard for fourth. Dominique Aegerter (Technomag CarXpert) was part of that battle towards the end of the race but crossed the line sixth.

Sam Lowes (Speed Up), Marcel Schrotter (Tech 3), Anthony West (QMMF Racing Team) and Lorenzo Baldassarri (Gresini Moto2) rounded out the top 10.

Alex Marquez took the Moto3™ title by crossing the line third at the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana, with Jack Miller winning the race ahead of Isaac Viñales.

A breathtaking 24-lap contest at the Spanish track saw Marquez doing enough to take the World Championship crown by two points, holding off a fight from Danny Kent in the final stages for the crucial last podium spot.

The championship triumph for Marquez means that he and older brother Marc Marquez, the MotoGP™ World Champion, are the first siblings to win World titles in Grand Prix racing.

Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) produced another stunning ride for his sixth win and 10th podium of a remarkable season, but it was Marquez’s third place – also his 10th rostrum of 2014 – and the Spaniard’s consistency over the year that won the day.

Viñales (Calvo Team) was searching for his first career victory and held the lead provisionally, eventually being overtaken by Miller and finishing second by 0.155s.

Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0) was 0.617s in front of Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) for third with the Englishman missing a gear in the final stages meaning he could not challenge the Spaniard on the line.

Also in the front running group were Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0) and Efren Vazquez (SaxoPrint-RTG), the Spanish pair crossing the line fifth and sixth respectively.

--From motogp.com

MotoGP Race Results (courtesy Repsol Honda)

Pos.

Rider

Num.

Nation

Points

Team

Constructor

Time/Gap

1

Marc Marquez

93

ESP

25

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

46'39.627

2

Valentino Rossi

46

ITA

20

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

YAMAHA

+3.516

3

Dani Pedrosa

26

ESP

16

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

+14.040

4

Andrea Dovizioso

4

ITA

13

Ducati Team

DUCATI

+16.705

5

Cal Crutchlow

35

GBR

11

Ducati Team

DUCATI

+16.773

6

Pol Espargaro

44

ESP

10

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

+37.884

7

Aleix Espargaro

41

ESP

9

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

+38.168

8

Stefan Bradl

6

GER

8

LCR Honda MotoGP

HONDA

+41.803

9

Michele Pirro

51

ITA

7

Ducati Team

DUCATI

+45.710

10

Scott Redding

45

GBR

6

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

+51.191

11

Hector Barbera

8

ESP

5

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

+56.512

12

Danilo Petrucci

9

ITA

4

IodaRacing Project

IODA-SUTER

+57.000

13

Nicky Hayden

69

USA

3

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

+57.262

14

Bradley Smith

38

GBR

2

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

+57.517

15

Hiroshi Aoyama

7

JPN

1

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

+58.775

16

Alvaro Bautista

19

ESP

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

+58.864

17

Karel Abraham

17

CZE

Cardion AB Motoracing

HONDA

+1'02.389

18

Alex De Angelis

15

RSM

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

+1'15.795

19

Michael Laverty

70

GBR

Paul Bird Motorsport

ART & PBM

+1'26.309

20

Broc Parkes

23

AUS

Paul Bird Motorsport

PBM

+1'37.212

21

Mike Di Meglio

63

FRA

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

+1 lap

22

Andrea Iannone

29

ITA

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

+1 lap

23

Jorge Lorenzo

99

ESP

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

YAMAHA

DNF

24

Randy De Puniet

14

FRA

Team Suzuki MotoGP

SUZUKI

DNF

25

Yonny Hernandez

68

COL

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

DNF

MotoGP Point Standings (courtesy Repsol Honda)

Pos.

Rider

Num.

Nation

Points

Team

Constructor

1

Marc Marquez

93

ESP

362

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

2

Valentino Rossi

46

ITA

295

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

YAMAHA

3

Jorge Lorenzo

99

ESP

263

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

YAMAHA

4

Dani Pedrosa

26

ESP

246

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

5

Andrea Dovizioso

4

ITA

187

Ducati Team

DUCATI

6

Pol Espargaro

44

ESP

136

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

7

Aleix Espargaro

41

ESP

126

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

8

Bradley Smith

38

GBR

121

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

9

Stefan Bradl

6

GER

117

LCR Honda MotoGP

HONDA

10

Andrea Iannone

29

ITA

102

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

11

Alvaro Bautista

19

ESP

89

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

12

Scott Redding

45

GBR

81

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

13

Cal Crutchlow

35

GBR

75

Ducati Team

DUCATI

14

Hiroshi Aoyama

7

JPN

68

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

15

Yonny Hernandez

68

COL

53

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

16

Nicky Hayden

69

USA

47

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

17

Karel Abraham

17

CZE

33

Cardion AB Motoracing

HONDA

18

Hector Barbera

8

ESP

26

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

19

Michele Pirro

51

ITA

18

Ducati Team

DUCATI

20

Danilo Petrucci

9

ITA

17

IodaRacing Project

IODA-SUTER

21

Alex De Angelis

15

RSM

15

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

22

Colin Edwards

5

USA

11

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

23

Broc Parkes

23

AUS

9

Paul Bird Motorsport

PBM

24

Michael Laverty

70

GBR

9

Paul Bird Motorsport

ART & PBM

25

Mike Di Meglio

63

FRA

9

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

26

Katsuyuki Nakasuga

21

JPN

4

YAMALUBE Racing Team with YSP

YAMAHA

27

Leon Camier

2

GBR

1

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

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