Moto GP: Marquez closes out season with 13th win of 2014

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Two-time Moto GP world champion Marc Marquez has finished his record-breaking season in style at the Valencia Grand Prix by winning for the 13th time in 2014.

Since making his premier motorcycle class debut at the beginning of 2013, Marquez has rewritten a number of records, and was crowned world champion for a second time last month in Japan.

On home soil today, Marquez clinched his 13th win of the year, breaking Mick Doohan’s record for the most number of wins in a single season.

Despite starting the race from fifth place on the grid, Marquez managed to move into the lead on lap 11 ahead of pole-sitter Valentino Rossi, and in spite of light rain falling, the Spaniard was able to hang on and cross the line 3.5 seconds ahead of the field.

Jorge Lorenzo’s streak of podium finishes came to an end at Valencia when he made the switch to a wet bike in reaction to the rain, and ultimately failed to finish the race.

Marquez’s teammate, Dani Pedrosa, completed the podium ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, who in fourth gave Ducati a good end to a difficult year. In his final race for the Italian marque, British rider Cal Crutchlow finished the race in fifth place.

After finishing second today, Rossi second the runner-up spot in the riders’ championship behind Marquez, with Lorenzo finishing third for Yamaha ahead of Pedrosa and Dovizioso.

American rider Nicky Hayden finished the race in 13th place, ranking 16th in the end of year standings.