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GP Week : Issue 195
MOTOGP >>> nEWs him through as well. Third was enough to secure him his first premier-class title by five points, the narrowest margin since 2006, the last time there was a last-round decider. It went to Hayden from Rossi. “At the beginning of the year I wasn’t thinking about winning the championship. Now I want to enjoy the moment, because it will never happen again,” said Marquez, who had survived high-speed crashes and official sanction to rewrite the ground rules in the premier class. Rossi (Yamaha) rider was fourth again after outpacing Alvaro Bautista’s Honda – the Spaniard the only one to risk the softer tyre option. Then, spaced behind, came Bradl (Honda), Smith (Yamaha) and Hayden – top Ducati finisher in his last ride for the team. Cal Crutchlow crashed out of his last Yamaha ride before taking over Hayden’s seat. Only the top two title positions were in doubt. FINAL sTANDINGs 1 – Marc Marquez (Honda) 334 2 – Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 330 3 – Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 300 4 – Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 237 5 – Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) 188 6 – Alvaro Bautista (Honda) 171 7 – stefan Bradl (Honda) 156 8 – Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 140 9 – Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 126 10 – Bradley smith (Yamaha) 116 Valencia’s sell-out crowd were as exercised by the smallest class as the largest, where three riders within five points assured a spanish victor to make a full house of titles, but whose identity would be decided only at the last. The three KTM-mounted candidates were on the front row together and disputed the lead until lap 24, when long- time points leader Luis Salom slipped off, his title hopes going with him. Maverick Vinales and Alex Rins continued inches apart to the end, with Vinales finally taking a narrow win with a bold inside move at the final corner. Rins was then beaten back to third by inches by Jonas Folger (Kalex-KTM) Vinales was champion, in spite of taking only three race wins to Salom’s seven and Rins’s six. Class rookie Alex Marquez was the only other race winner, finishing fourth overall. With older brother Marc taking the senior crown and Pol Espargaro already Moto2 champion, it was a Spanish sweep of all classes. Moto3 Cliffhanger SALOM FALLS AT FINAL HURDLE 14 GPWEEK.com // 14 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: