Thrilling Race Result at Motegi MotoGP
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With Super Typhoon Vongfong threatening in the distance, the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi concluded on schedule and treated local fans to another historic chapter in the career of Marc Marquez.
After battling through the pack to claim second place behind race winner Jorge Lorenzo, Marquez claimed his second consecutive premier class world championship.Immediately afterward, Team Repsol Honda sent out a press release detailing the latest batch of records Marquez has broken, and then listing a detailed biography of Marquez from his earliest days on two wheels. Portions of the press release are included here for your enjoyment.
Congratulations Marc on your fantastic result at the Motegi MotoGP round!
From the Official Repsol Honda Team Press Release
2014 Highlights so far:
– Marc is the youngest ever rider to win 2 consecutive premier-class World Championships at the age of 21 years 237 days, taking the record from Mike Hailwood who was 23 years 152 days when he won his second successive 500cc title in 1963.
– During 2014 he became the first rider to win the opening ten premier-class GP races of the season in the premier-class since Giacomo Agostini in 1970 season.
– He is the youngest rider to win ten successive premier-class races, at the age of 21 years 174 days, taking the record from Mike Hailwood who was 24 years 94 days old when in 1964 he won the tenth of a twelve race winning sequence. He is also the first rider to win the opening ten races of the season in the premier-class since Giacomo Agostini won the first ten races of the 1970 season.
– He is the first Honda rider to clinch a World title at the Motegi circuit
– He is also the only rider to have started from pole in grand prix racing at all of the circuits on the 2014 schedule. – In addition to his six pole positions this year, Marquez also started from pole at the final race of 2013. The last rider to qualify on pole in seven successive MotoGP races was Casey Stoner in 2008.
– He is the first rider to win six successive premier-class races from pole position since Mick Doohan, on a Honda, won ten successive races in 1997, all having started from pole position. – Ten race wins for Marquez in 2014 is a new record for most premier-class race wins in a single season by a Spanish rider.
Marc Marquez Bio
First steps (1993-2000)
On the 17th February 1993, a future champion was born in Lleida. Marc has always lived in Cervera, a small town near the capital of the province where he lives with his parents and his brother Alex. Year after year, his father used to drive with thousands of other fans by bike to Jerez, so it can come as no huge surprise that Marc would chose this path.
At the age of four, Marc asked for a motorbike for Christmas and, with two training wheels, he had his first experience. He would go with his father to an esplanade near their house, to an industrial area or even a friend’s field to practice before taking part in his first races. When he was five, he participated in “Enduro for kids” in the initiation category. He would have preferred to practice motocross, which was more fun and where all the riders started at the same time. Marc was able to test himself against other kids, without having to look at the times when the race is over. However, there wasn’t a class for his age at that time in motocross.
In 1999, his father bought him a second-hand 50cc off-road pocket bike, on which he continued to enjoy enduro and also to begin in motocross. In 2000, although he continued competing in enduro, he was also runner up in the Motocross Catalan Championship and, a year later, he took another step forward and won the Catalan Championship of the initiation category. He kept practising enduro, a discipline in which he finished fourth that year.
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