The Repsol Media Service issued the following press release, chronicling Marc Marquez' path to his 2014 MotoGP title:
Marc Marquez proclaimed 2014 MotoGP World Champion
Repsol Honda team rider takes second straight title in the premier class in Japan and, at 21 years of age, adds a fourth world title to his resumé.
Marc Marquez has been crowned King of MotoGP once again. The Repsol Honda rider retained his title at the Japanese Grand Prix, achieving a new milestone. The Spaniard becomes the youngest rider in history to win two consecutive MotoGP World Championships, adding the accolade to his titles in 125cc (2010) and Moto2 (2012).
2014 is going to be hard to forget for Marc Marquez. The Repsol Honda team rider began the series in unstoppable fashion, stringing together ten consecutive wins and equalling the record set by Mick Doohan in 1997 –also as a Repsol rider. This season, Marquez has won 11 races and taken 12 podiums and 11 pole positions. The champion has been able to manage his advantage with a maverick style, en route to clinching the title in Japan.
It is his second consecutive MotoGP title, making him the best rider currently in the premier class; it is also the third World Championship for him in three years after success in Moto2, and his fourth in five years, since he won his first title in the 125cc class aged 17. These figures have made him, at age 21, one of the most outstanding figures in the history of motorcycle racing.
Biography and Career
A rider with such passion and talent for motorsport, Marc Marquez was always going to end up in the World Championship and seemed destined for titles from the start. He first raced in Grands Prix when he had just turned 15. His father was one of the thousands of fans who, year after year, travelled by motorbike to the Grand Prix held in Jerez. It is little wonder that when Marc Marquez was 4, he asked for a motorbike for Christmas and received his wish…
Qatar GP - Victory
"Morally it was an important race because I came back from an injury that kept me away for much of the preseason. The fight with Valentino Rossi was the best thing about the race ‒even more so than the win. It was fun!"
GP of the Americas - Victory
"It's been a well-rounded weekend. We arrived in Austin with the memory of a Grand Prix I will never forget from last year, and this year we were able to repeat the victory and leave with a great feeling."
Argentinian GP - Victory
"I think it was a fun race for the fans, with many overtaking moves. I've got three straight wins, but we know that this is a very long season and now we will go to Jerez, where Dani and Jorge are very fast."
Spanish GP - Victory
"In the end I was able to take the victory at Jerez. The nicest thing was celebrating at the Angel Nieto corner with my fan club, who had prepared me a special flag for my 100th Grand Prix. It was very exciting.”
French GP - Victory
"We are living out a dream. Achieving a fifth victory at the fifth race of the season is something that we could not even have imagined in the best case scenario. I think the secret is how good I feel on the bike, the fun I have riding it and also the connection with the new technicians."
Italian GP - Victory
"I did not expect this victory, because it was a circuit that I had marked on the calendar to just try and score points for the championship, without thinking about the win. But I saw that I could do it and I risked more than at other races."
Catalan GP - Victory
"I'm very happy, perhaps even more so for my brother than for myself! After his result I felt a little more pressure, because I also wanted to win and make it a perfect day. I’m proud to see my little brother win; it must mean that we are doing something well at home."
Dutch TT - Victory
"It's been a difficult day, because at this race we could have dropped many points, but in the end we extended our lead in the overall standings. I'm pleased with how we managed our first experience in a flag-to-flag race, in both dry and wet conditions."
German GP - Victory
"The start was very atypical, with many riders starting from pit lane. We had to make up many positions and the race was more fun because of that, but also more dangerous ‒especially considering the track conditions."
Indianapolis GP - Victory
"After the holidays it was important to start back with another win. Yesterday it seemed to be an easy race, but it was quite the opposite. I suffered a lot and it was physically very hard. It was incredible to cross the line with the flag waver on the track, dirttrack style."
Czech Republic GP - 4th
"Today I’ve had a weight taken off my shoulders, because I’ll no longer have people asking me if I can win every race this season. Although it was hard not being able to fight for the victory, we knew it was better to settle for fourth. We’ve added 13 points to our tally that are positive for the championship, and in the end what counts is who wins the title, not who wins the most races."
British GP - Victory
"It was important to get the win after Brno. I had a score to settle after Jorge beat me on the final corner last year. Today I enjoyed myself a lot on the last few laps. A victory in the final moments of the race is always very exciting."
San Marino GP - 15th
"We've picked up 1 point and I'm happy, because in the end the effort to stay out on track was rewarded with us adding to our tally for the season. Just seeing the team cheering on the wall made it worthwhile to finish in the points."
GP of Aragon - 13th
"We had a strange and very crazy race. I had never ridden the track in such difficult conditions. Finally I learned a lesson, and I take that from this race. It’s better to learn it now than in a year when the championship is tighter."
Japanese GP - 2nd
Marc Marquez becomes MotoGP World Champion for second consecutive year. With last season's MotoGP title and honours in Moto2 (2012) and 125cc (2010), the Repsol rider is a 4-time World Champion in Grand Prix racing.