Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 11 Nov 2013
With thirteen points separating Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo going into this weekend’s final round of the MotoGP Championship at Valencia, Marc Marquez looked to be in a strong position to become the youngest ever MotoGP champion. All he needed to do was finish fourth in the race.
If there was anybody who could stop him, it would be Jorge Lorenzo and the Mallorcan did everything he could. Despite suffering problems with his number one bike in qualifying, Lorenzo started the race from the middle of the front row. As he took the hole shot, it became clear he had a cunning plan. The reigning World Champion wanted to be in front to control the pace, slowing down the Hondas of Pedrosa and Marquez to enable those behind to catch up and join the fight thus increasing the chance of Marc Marquez finishing below that all-important fourth position.
Pedrosa was keen to get past to both help Marquez and take the final victory although despite many attempts, Lorenzo’s desire for the title saw him aggressively fight back. The pair came together at the last corner on the second lap and that wasn’t the last time there’d be contact either. On lap six, Pedrosa had taken the lead coming down the straight, Lorenzo then stuffed it up the inside of his fellow countryman, pushing both machines wide and Pedrosa off track.
Marquez took the lead at this point, however it wasn’t long until Lorenzo took it back. With Crutchlow having fallen off and Rossi unable to fend off Alvaro Bautista, Lorenzo’s plan of action soon changed. At this point the Yamaha man pulled the pin to build a strong enough lead to secure the race. Cool-headed and displaying commendable maturity, Marquez settled into the second position as Pedrosa fought back through the pack from fifth. With a few laps to go, Marquez let his team mate slip past. The race would finish as that, Lorenzo followed by Pedrosa and Marquez, with the youngest of the Spanish trio doing enough to take the title by four points.
Crutchlow’s Tech 3 swansong ended in the gravel as the Ducati-bound Brit fell from his M1 on lap six. Valentino Rossi brought it home in fourth (once again) with Bautista in fifth. Stefan Bradl finished sixth ahead of Bradley Smith who enjoyed a strong weekend ahead of the Ducatis of Nicky Hayden, Andrea Dovizioso and Michele Pirro.
In Moto2, champion Pol Espargaro fell from the race as NicoTerol dominated at home while the undecided title in Moto3 went down to the last corner. Luis Salom was out having fallen off at mid-distance leaving Alex Rins and Maverick Vinales to battle for the victory. Whoever came out on top would take the title and knowing this, Rins tried to go up the inside of Vinales on the final corner, only to run himself too wide leaving Vinales to take both the win and the title.