Marc Marquez
Nov 12

MotoGP: Marquez Begins 2014 Testing With New Bike In Valencia

MotoGP: Marc Marquez Begins 2014 Testing — New Bike In Valencia

New World Champion , with a new bike and new helmet, rounds the bend during testing in Valencia. (Photo: Getty Images)

On a busy day at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, 20 riders took to the track on the second day of post-GP testing, with new World Champion Marc Marquez ending the session as the fastest rider.

The team had not tested on Monday, but Marquez and both had full days on Tuesday comparing the new 2014 Honda with their existing machines and completing nearly 150 laps between them.

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Nov 10

MotoGP: Marquez Wanted To Challenge For Valencia Win, Saw Bigger Picture

Marc Marquez (93) trails Jorge Lorenzo (99) in the Valencia Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

(93) chases (99) in the Valencia Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez had to resist his natural instinct as fabulously fast risk-taker to secure his historic World Championship in Valencia.

Marquez says that temptation almost got the better of him as he momentarily thought to engage title rival Jorge Lorenzo in a battle for victory in the championship deciding race.

But at a crucial point of the 30-lap race, Marquez elected to settle for third place and secure his place in the record books.

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Nov 10

MotoGP: Marquez Becomes Youngest Ever MotoGP World Champion

Marc Marquez celebrates after becoming the MotoGP World Champion. (Photo: Getty Images)

celebrates after becoming the World Champion. (Photo: Getty Images)

20-year-old Marc Marquez has become the youngest ever MotoGP World Champion and the first rookie to take the title since Kenny Roberts in 1978.

Marquez was calm under pressure, settling for a third-place finish behind title rival and teammate . It appeared the youngster had the bigger picture in mind, avoiding close combat throughout the race to win the title by a margin of four points.

“It’s a dream come true, maybe too early because I didn’t expect it in the first season in MotoGP,” said Marquez. “I cannot explain what I feel. To do it in front of all our fans, to fight with Jorge and Dani – two of the best riders in MotoGP.”

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Nov 10

MotoGP: Lorenzo Leads Way In Morning Warm-Up

Jorge Lorenzo will start Sunday's Valencia GP from second on the grid. (Photo: Getty Images)

will start Sunday’s from second on the grid. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo has topped the Warm-Up session ahead of the season-deciding GP Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana. The reigning World Champion, who will start this afternoon’s race from second place, led championship leader and pole-sitter .

Sunday will mark the first last-race title decider since Nicky Hayden claimed the world crown in 2006. On this occasion, rookie Marquez – aiming to become the youngest-ever premier class title winner – leads Lorenzo by 13 points.

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Nov 9

MotoGP: Marquez Calm Under Pressure Despite Magnitude Of Situation

Marc Marquez needs to finish fourth or better to clinch the MotoGP World Championship. (Photo: Getty Images)

needs to finish fourth or better to clinch the World Championship. (Photo: Getty Images)

If Marc Marquez is feeling the massive pressure of becoming the first rookie in 35 years to win the MotoGP World Championship, he is not showing it.

After blasting his way to a ninth pole position for the season in front of a euphoric, near-capacity crowd at Valencia, he breezily explained his mindset for Sunday’s title showdown.

Marquez has been in this situation before, albeit not with the intensity and pressure of the premier class title at stake.

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