Rookie Marc Marquez (Honda), at the age of 20, became the youngest rider in history to win the Premier roadracing class title by finishing third in Valencia earlier today. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) took another win, with Dani Pedrosa (Honda) finishing second, but Lorenzo falls four points short of Marquez on the year. Honda also won the Constructors title on the year.
The race was not without drama, as Yamaha had decided on a unique strategy, i.e., Lorenzo would get to the front and purposely slow the pace, hoping that a large group of riders could bunch near the front and put themselves between Lorenzo and Marquez at the finish. The strategy did not work, because ultimately the riders outside the top three were too slow to join the fray.
The teams begin testing for the 2014 season tomorrow at Valencia. For instance, we will see Nicky Hayden aboard a Honda for the first time in more than half a decade. We will provide reports on the test results next week.
For additional details, results and points, visit the official MotoGP site.