Jorge Lorenzo won the final round of the MotoGP championship in Valencia but it was Marc Marquez who claimed the championship in an enthralling race at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit.
The 2012 champion needed to win with Marquez no better than fifth but it never looked in doubt for the Spaniard who coped with all the mind games Lorenzo could throw at him and claimed an incredible first championship in his rookie season.
At the start, Marquez dropped back to third from pole as Lorenzo made another fast start with Dani Pedrosa in second. Valentino Rossi was up to fourth.
The opening few laps were characterised by Pedrosa harrassing Lorenzo, passing the Mallorcan on several occasions with the Yamaha coming straight back past. However, Pedrosa was not allowing the 2012 champion to settle with Marquez watching behind in third.
The slower pace of the leading Yamaha was allowing the riders behind to stay close unsettling Marquez as the young Spaniard realised any mistake would be catastrophic for the title race.
The leading duo continued to duke for position with a number of bold move from both Lorenzo and Pedrosa, however it was all clean enough.
Then came a key moment as Pedrosa battled with Lorenzo. Jorge forced the Honda rider wide, allowing Marquez through to the lead but dropping Pedrosa down the field.
Lorenzo then moved back ahead of Marquez and once again dropped the pace, allowing those behind to close up before upping the pace as he played mind games with the Honda rider.
Pedrosa recovered from his moment with Lorenzo as he moved back up to third, passing Alvaro Bautista and Rossi on the track as Cal Crutchlow crashed.
From that point on, Lorenzo ran a strong pace at the front with Marquez holding second ahead of Pedrosa as the chasing riders dropped back.
Lorenzo was comfortable out front but Marquez was even more at ease as he closed in on a historic first world title.
Pedrosa did close up and pass his teammate in the final few laps, however third was more than enough for Marquez and as Lorenzo won the race, the 20-year-old crossed the line to break a whole host of records, becoming the youngest ever MotoGP champion and the first rookie to win the championship in his first year since Kenny Roberts in 1978.
Marquez is a deserving champion and this will be only the start of his success as he can only get better in the future.
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