MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We are featuring sections from Oxley's blogs, which are posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website.
2013 MotoGP season review (Part 1)
This is going to sound corny as hell – I believe the biggest winners of the 2013 MotoGP World Championship were the fans. MotoGP had had a dark few years of tedious racing, working itself into a technical tangle, just like Formula 1.
A combination of engineering changes and 250-derived riding styles had developed beautifully balanced bikes, which, when ridden by inch-perfect ex-250 riders, could do the same lap times from lights-out to chequered flag. Valentino Rossi’s former crew chief Jeremy Burgess referred to these races as “procession races”, and he was right (as he usually is).
The biggest change in 2013
So what was the difference in 2013? Just one man: history-maker Marc Márquez. The other big winner of the year was rarely less than spellbinding throughout the 18-race series.
Anyone who doesn’t get worked up watching Márquez fight his RCV to the death every other weekend is missing something. By being prepared (and, more importantly, able) to ride every corner at the absolute limit, Márquez is unmissable entertainment and has left the others wondering how to keep up.
Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa have all admitted that the young rookie has moved riding technique onward. For years, they’ve been winning races by riding their bikes as smoothly as possible, then suddenly someone comes along who gets more out of his motorcycle, asking so much from it that it’s constantly trying to break free from his grip. Márquez blew the status quo to smithereens.
Read the rest of Mat Oxley's blog on the Motor Sport Magazine website.