The catch phrase “break a leg”, took on its full meaning this year for Honda Motorbike racer Marc Marquez when he didn’t let a broken leg stop him from winning this year’s title. Earlier this year, Marquez broke his right leg and that prevented him from taking part in the second Malaysian test and the Phillip Island Tyre test. But this setback did not stop him from becoming the youngest to win thirteen, out of eighteen, races in a row in a single year in the premier class of motorbike racing.
Starting at Losail in Qatar
Marquez steadily progressed through all events earlier this year at a strong pace. While he did finish in 4th place in the first lap, he gradually worked his way to the front and ended his tense battle with Valentino Rossi, winning by just 0.259 seconds. This fronted his winning streak in pole position through races in Austin, Termas de Rio Hondo, Jerez, Le Mans, and Mugello. While he failed to take pole position at the Catalan Grand Prix, he did manage to place third, despite crashing and fighting with teammate Pedrosa on the tracks.
Overall, he placed first, for a seventh time, at the Catalan. Along with his younger brother Alex, who won the Moto3, the brothers became the first to win Grand Prix world races in a single day. A feat they repeated just two weeks later at the Dutch TT. And finally, Marquez became the youngest motorbike racer to win nine races in a row for a premier class in one season!
Tenth Successive Victory Followed by Defeat
Marquez became the third rider to achieve a tenth successive victory in the premier class, following his predecessors Giacomo Agnostini and Mick Doohan. Unfortunately, Marc didn’t make it to an eleventh successive victory due to suffering defeat at Brno. However, this was short-lived by yet another first place won at Silverstone after an intense battle with Jorge Lorenzo.
Season Finale Glory
After several amazing and tense races through trying conditions, rain and a broken leg, the miracle racer now known as Marc Marquez didn’t let anything stop him in his lead to victory. The Spaniard sped right along to the Sepang Circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Holding his blue flag in a victory drive after his record braking 12th victory of this season, Marc then tied with legendary Australian Mick Doohan, who also won 12, out of 15, races back in 1997. Marc beat the record as this season closed up in November.
Regarding the November Valencia race sets, Marc said: “I’ve equaled Mick Doohan’s record. With one race left, maybe I can beat it. If I had a bad result here the pressure in Valencia would be more. But now I am free in Valencia and I can do well for my fans and just enjoy it.”
The Valencia Championship
With only 5 races left to go beginning in November of 2014, Marc started the Valencia races off with a tight track fight involving Rossi and Lorenzo. Originally starting out in ninth place, Marc struggled to catch up, but finally took the lead and finished off at a comfortable cruising speed, thus winning the race by a mere 2.445 second lead. Valencia cheered Marc Marquez and team Repsol Honda on as he took home the 21st Constructor’s Championship for Honda.