Honda MotoGP rider Spanish Marquez celebrates on podium after becoming the youngest MotoGP world champion at the end of the Valencia Motorcycle Grand Pri in Cheste

Marc Marquez becomes youngest ever Moto GP world champion


Marc Marquez has become the youngest world champion in the history of Moto GP after clinching the title at his first attempt in the final round of the 2013 season in Spain today.

Marquez only made his debut in the premier class of motorcycle racing at the beginning of the season after winning support class, Moto 2, last year. Despite being just twenty years old, the Spaniard was taken on by the factory Honda team for 2013 alongside compatriot Dani Pedrosa.

Marquez immediately proved his worth though, winning just his second Moto GP race at the Grand Prix of the Americas held in Austin, Texas, back in April. The Spaniard also won the other two races held in the United States at Laguna Seca and Indianapolis which comprised part of a four-race win streak that put him in control of the championship.

With three rounds to go, Marquez was in a position to seal the championship but a mix-up in the pits meant that he was disqualified, allowing championship rival Jorge Lorenzo to inflict maximum damage on the Honda rider. Lorenzo won again at the penultimate round in Japan to take the championship to the final race in Spain, and despite the Yamaha rider claiming a third consecutive win in Valencia, Marquez finished third to clinch the title by just four points.

Marquez becomes the first rookie champion in Moto GP since Kenny Roberts back in 1978. At the age of just twenty, he also becomes the youngest ever 500cc world champion. Marquez became the youngest ever winner of a premier class race at the Circuit of the Americas earlier this season as well as becoming the youngest pole-sitter at that race.

As the riders and teams look ahead to 2014, all eyes will be on Marquez to see if he can repeat this incredible form and begin to create a legacy in Moto GP despite his relative infancy.

NHRA: Alexis DeJoria brings free mammograms to Texas, Las Vegas races

DeJoria pink race car for breast cancer awareness month
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Some drivers see red when they’re behind the wheel of a 300-mph Funny Car.

But NHRA Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria is seeing pink in the month of October – and she’s proud of it.

DeJoria, who owns Alexis DeJoria Racing and drives the Tequila Patron Toyota for Kalitta Racing, is using the color pink to call attention to breast cancer awareness month in October.

DeJoria has partnered with Baylor Healthcare Systems to offer free mammograms to race fans attending this weekend’s AAA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex (Friday and Saturday) in Ennis, Texas.

She’ll reprise that role, partnering with Nevada Health Centers for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip in Las Vegas Oct. 30-31.

According to a media release, ‘”Mammovans’ (mobile mammography units) will be parked in the nitro pits of the racetracks, and free mammograms will be available on-site during both weekends to female ticketholders over the age of 40, regardless of whether or not they have health insurance.”

Those who seek to be screened do not need an appointment or referral. If you have health insurance, bring your insurance information to the race. Test results will be sent via mail approximately ten days after the event.

This year’s initiative continues a program DeJoria began three years ago when she launched the “Free Mammograms for the Fans” program.

Also, DeJoria will drive a hot pink race car in both events.

“I really want to thank the Patrón Spirits Company and Toyota for their support, as well as Kalitta Motorsports, everyone who bought items on our eBay fundraising page, purchased our pink Fight Like a Girl bracelets and made donations,” said DeJoria. “It all goes toward this very wonderful life-saving cause and we would not be able to provide this service to our fans without their support.”

Added Ed Laukes, vice president of marketing, performance and guest experience for Toyota Motor Sales USA, “If we are able to save the life of so much as one mother, daughter, sister, wife or friend, it will be well worth our additional investment in our partners at DeJoria (Alexis DeJoria Racing). It truly is rewarding to be able to assist one of our race teams on a program that is so meaningful to so many people.”

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Sir Stirling Moss: Enclosed cockpits in open-wheel racing ‘ridiculous’

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While IndyCar mulls some type of enclosed cockpits or canopies in their race cars as early as 2017 to enhance driver safety, one racing legend scoffs at the notion that open-wheel racing should go down that path.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” Sir Stirling Moss told Road and Track at the recent Lime Rock Historic Festival. “Motor racing is dangerous. And one does it – some of us do it – because it is dangerous. I was one of those. And I think to go and put forward things like that is absolutely ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous.”

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It’s the opinion of the 85-year-old Moss that safety elements in one form of open-wheel racing – namely, Formula 1 – are as good as they can be at the moment.

“I think quite honestly, most events have good flag marshaling, which is very important,” Moss said. “The drivers know what they can do and they usually stick within their realistic limits.

“But of course, obviously, the sort of racing and etiquette you have on a circuit like this, or, a club circuit, is necessarily pretty different when you start talking Formula One.

“But, I think (danger) is part of the sport. I don’t think anybody wants to get hurt, but they’re all going to push themselves up to their limit, and that’s pretty good.”

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