Marc Marquez could make MotoGP history in Australia next weekend, having amassed enough points to be able to clinch an historic rookie world title. In Malaysia on Sunday, he finished second following a battle with Jorge Lorenzo.
As Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa won the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle GP, teammate Marquez found up to second place after swapping positions with Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo on various occasions.
“These 20 points are very important and I’m really happy with how the race went today,” Marquez commented. “I had a nice, fun battle with Lorenzo, but at the same time I could see that Dani was opening up a gap.
“When I finally managed to overtake Jorge and make the pass stick, I tried to reduce the distance that Dani had put between us. However, I saw that it was too risky. From that moment on, I decided to focus on keeping Lorenzo at bay because the goal here was to finish the race ahead of him.
“We did what we came here to do, so we are very happy!”
Should Marquez claim the crown next weekend, the 20-year-old Spaniard would become the youngest ever premier class World Champion and the first rookie title winner since Kenny Roberts in 1978. If he wins, the ultimate honor will be his providing Lorenzo finishes third or lower.