MOTEGI, TOCHIGI PREF. – MotoGP rookie sensation Marc Marquez hopes to make it third time lucky when the world championship goes down to the last race of the season at Valencia in a fortnight.
The 20-year-old Honda rider is guaranteed to become the youngest-ever MotoGP champion if he finishes fourth or better on Nov. 10, having passed up opportunities to seal the title in Australia and then in Japan over the weekend.
Fellow Spaniard and title rival Jorge Lorenzo, the reigning world champion, beat Marquez to the line in thrilling fashion at Motegi on Sunday to keep the championship just about alive, although Marquez is still firm favorite — even if the momentum is with the more experienced Lorenzo.
“I am so happy because in my first season on MotoGP I am fighting maybe with the best Jorge of his career,” said Marquez, who was disqualified at Australia’s Phillip Island earlier this month.
“We will try our 100 percent to try to get this title. I have to concentrate on my job and my bike and try to do my best in Valencia.”