Valencia - World
champion Marc Marquez clinched his 12th MotoGP victory of the season in
Sunday's final race in Valencia ahead of French rookie Fabio
Marquez, who secured his sixth premier category title last month,
finished over a second clear of pole-sitter Quartararo who came second
for the fifth time in his debut campaign.
The Spaniard made a poor start from second place on the grid but
steadily picked off his rivals one by one to win at Valencia for just
the second time in his career.
"It's been a difficult weekend because we've tried new things," said
Marquez, who took his 56th MotoGP win. "It's a perfect season which will
be difficult to repeat."
Australian's Jack Miller claimed third while triple MotoGP champion
Jorge Lorenzo bid farewell to the sport with a 13th-place finish in his
The 32-year-old Spaniard announced his decision to retire on
Thursday. He could be replaced by Marquez's younger brother and Moto2
champion Alex at Honda next season.
Quartararo again fell just short in his bid to become the first
Frenchman to win a MotoGP race since 1999, but the 20-year-old was
delighted with his first season among the elite.
"Nobody could have imagined at the start of the season that I would
have six pole positions and seven podiums. It's incredible to finish the
season in this way," said Quartararo, who ended fifth in the overall
British rider Cal Crutchlow and Frenchman Johann Zarco, LCR Honda
team-mates also with thoughts of an upgrade next year, crashed out
Crutchlow went down before Zarco, cut loose by KTM earlier this
season, was sent skidding by 19-year-old Spanish debutant Iker Lecuona
who followed the Frenchman to the deck.
Zarco was examined by on-site medics before gingerly limping back to his team stable.
Lecuona was filling in for the KTM Tech team in place of Miguel Oliveira, who was injured in the last race in Australia.
Valentino Rossi, showing no signs of wanting to retire at the age of
40, rounded out his season by coming eighth. The Italian, a seven-time
MotoGP champion, finished seventh overall.
Compatriot Andrea Dovizioso, second in the championship behind
Marquez for the third year running, took fourth at the Ricardo Tormo
South Africa's Brad Binder concluded the Moto2 season with his third
successive win to finish runner-up. He will also make the step up to the
top level with KTM next year.
Valencia native Sergio Garcia, 16, won for the first time in Moto3 as
he pipped Italy's Andrea Migno to the line in a race shortened after a
series of crashes.
Results and standings after the Valencia MotoGP, the last of the 19-round world championship series, on Sunday:
1. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 41min 21.469sec, 2. Fabio
Quartararo (FRA/Yamaha-SRT) at 1.026sec, 3. Jack Miller
(AUS/Ducati-Pramac) 2.409, 4. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 3.326, 5.
Alex Rins (ESP/Suzuki) 3.508, 6. Maverick Vinales (ESP/Yamaha) 8.829, 7.
Joan Mir (ESP/Suzuki) 10.622, 8. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 22.992,
9. Aleix Espargaro (ESP/Aprilia) 32.704, 10. Pol Espargaro (ESP/KTM)
13. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Honda) 51.044
Did not finish: Cal Crutchlow (GBR/LCR-Honda), Franco Morbidelli
(ITA/Yamaha-SRT), Danilo Petrucci (ITA/Ducati), Johann Zarco
(FRA/LCR-Honda), Iker Lecuona (ESP/KTM)
World championship standings
1. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 420 pts, 2. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati)
269, 3. Maverick Vinales (ESP/Yamaha) 211, 4. Alex Rins (ESP/Suzuki)
205, 5. Fabio Quartararo (FRA/Yamaha-SRT) 192, 6. Danilo Petrucci
(ITA/Ducati) 176, 7. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 174, 8. Jack Miller
(AUS/Ducati-Pramac) 165, 9. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Honda-LCR) 133, 10.
Franco Morbidelli (ITA/Yamaha-SRT) 115
19. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Honda) 28
1. Brad Binder (RSA/KTM) 25min 30.766, 2. Thomas Luthi (SUI/Kalex) at
0.735sec, 3. Jorge Navarro (ESP/Speed Up) 1.045, 4. Stefano Manzi
(ITA/MV Agusta) 1.185, 5. Jorge Martin (ESP/KTM) 8.066
1. Alex Marquez (ESP/Kalex) 262 pts, 2. Brad Binder (RSA/KTM) 259, 3.
Thomas Luthi (SUI/Kalex) 250, 4. Jorge Navarro (ESP/Speed Up) 226, 5.
Augusto Fernandez (ESP/Kalex) 207
1. Sergio Garcia (ESP/Honda) 25min 17.918sec, 2. Andrea Migno
(ITA/KTM) 0.005sec, 3. Xavier Artigas (ESP/Honda) 0.180, 4. Tatsuki
Suzuki (JPN/Honda) 0.246, 5. Filip Salac (CZE/KTM) 0.328
1. Lorenzo Dalla Porta (ITA/Honda) 279 pts, 2. Aron Canet (ESP/KTM)
200, 3. Marcos Ramirez (ESP/Honda) 183, 4. Tony Arbolino (ITA/Honda)
175, 5. John McPhee (GBR/Honda) 156 pts