2014 MotoGP ends on high note for Marquez and Repsol Honda

2014 MotoGP ends on high note for Marquez and Repsol Honda

Snapshot: The 21 year old Spaniard won his consecutive championship as the 2014 season ended on a high note for the Repsol Honda.

Marc Marquez surely proved that he is a prodigy when he won the 2013 MotoGP season, his rookie one, but it was a last race win. Nobody knew what's in for them for the 2014 season, and the title contention was between Marc Marquez, Rossi and Pedrosa. Proving everyone wrong and shattering all records, the 21 year old Spaniard won his consecutive championship as the 2014 season ended on a high note for the Repsol Honda.  

Marquez with his TItle Trophy

With his 13th win this season, Marquez set a new record for most victories in a single campaign in the top class, leaving behind Mick Doohan’s total of 12 wins in 1997. The race, which saw light rainfall, also proved an eventful season for the no. 46, Valentino Rossi, who crossed the line in second place, also ending his 2014 season in second position behind Marquez and ahead of Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda). Though Perdros finished 4th on the overall title points behind Jorge Lorenzo, Rossi's Teammate.

“Yeah, today I am really, really happy, maybe happier than Motegi because today I was really happy for my brother. I was celebrating his victory, then I must race! I thought about Aragon when it started raining again. 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,” Marquez reflected on a difficult race.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) beat Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) 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 ten.

"My bad luck is called 'Marc Marquez', because without him I can win the championship and a lot of races," joked Rossi, who finished second to Marquez six times this year. "He did a fantastic job and won a lot of races. It's a great pleasure to fight with him, but we are not so far and we never give up and try to come closer." He added “After the first race in Qatar I thought I could be very competitive throughout the season but, f**k, maybe it is difficult to beat him (Marquez)! And in the end, I was right, because I have a lot of points, a lot of podiums but just two victories and Marc has 13. 

The top 3 of 2014 season

Read our pre-race analysis for the Valencia GP.

Results

Pos.

Points

Rider

Team

Bike

Time/Gap

1

25

Marc MARQUEZ

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

46'39.627

2

20

Valentino ROSSI

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

+3.516

3

16

Dani PEDROSA

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

+14.040

4

13

Andrea DOVIZIOSO

Ducati Team

Ducati

+16.705

5

11

Cal CRUTCHLOW

Ducati Team

Ducati

+16.773

6

10

Pol ESPARGARO

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

+37.884

7

9

Aleix ESPARGARO

NGM Forward Racing

Forward Yamaha

+38.168

8

8

Stefan BRADL

LCR Honda MotoGP

Honda

+41.803

9

7

Michele PIRRO

Ducati Team

Ducati

+45.710

10

6

Scott REDDING

GO&FUN Honda Gresini

Honda

+51.191

11

5

Hector BARBERA

Avintia Racing

Ducati

+56.512

12

4

Danilo PETRUCCI

Octo IodaRacing Team

ART

+57.000

13

3

Nicky HAYDEN

Drive M7 Aspar

Honda

+57.262

14

2

Bradley SMITH

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

+57.517

15

1

Hiroshi AOYAMA

Drive M7 Aspar

Honda

+58.775

16

 

Alvaro BAUTISTA

GO&FUN Honda Gresini

Honda

+58.864

17

 

Karel ABRAHAM

Cardion AB Motoracing

Honda

+1'02.389

18

 

Alex DE ANGELIS

NGM Forward Racing

Forward Yamaha

+1'15.795

19

 

Michael LAVERTY

Paul Bird Motorsport

PBM

+1'26.309

20

 

Broc PARKES

Paul Bird Motorsport

PBM

+1'37.212

21

 

Mike DI MEGLIO

Avintia Racing

Avintia

1 Lap

22

 

Andrea IANNONE

Pramac Racing

Ducati

1 Lap

   

Jorge LORENZO

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

6 Laps

   

Randy DE PUNIET

Team Suzuki MotoGP

Suzuki

18 Laps

   

Yonny HERNANDEZ

Energy T.I. Pramac Racing

Ducati

21 Laps

Crowd cheering Marquez 

Riders' table

Pos.

Rider

Bike

Points

1

Marc MARQUEZ

Honda

362

2

Valentino ROSSI

Yamaha

295

3

Jorge LORENZO

Yamaha

263

4

Dani PEDROSA

Honda

246

5

Andrea DOVIZIOSO

Ducati

187

6

Pol ESPARGARO

Yamaha

136

7

Aleix ESPARGARO

Forward Yamaha

126

8

Bradley SMITH

Yamaha

121

9

Stefan BRADL

Honda

117

10

Andrea IANNONE

Ducati

102

 

•  Honda •  Marquez •  MotoGP •  Repsol •  Rossi
on 2014-11-10 12:24:08

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