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Oct 27

MotoGP: Rookie Marquez Pleased With Motegi Result Despite Failing To Wrap Up Title

Marc Marquez (left) and Jorge Lorenzo (right) celebrate on the podium after the Grand Prix of Japan. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez (left) and Jorge Lorenzo (right) celebrate on the podium after the Grand Prix of Japan. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez has once again failed to wrap up the 2013 MotoGP World Championship, and will now look to capture the title in two weeks time at Valencia.

Marquez needed to outscore eventual race winner Jorge Lorenzo by eight points in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix to clinch the title, but the Repsol Honda ace was unable to do so. Instead, Marquez finished second to Lorenzo, decreasing his championship lead to only 13 points with one race remaining in the season.

The 20-year-old struggled to keep pace with fellow Spaniard Lorenzo, and acknowledged that it was better to settle for second rather than crash out while vying for the win.

Oct 27

F1: Vettel Claims 4th Consecutive Title With Spectacular Win In India

Race winner and 2013 Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing celebrates in front of the crowd on the main straight following the Indian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Race winner and 2013 Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing celebrates in front of the crowd on the main straight following the Indian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

One day, Sebastian Vettel says this will all sink in. Right now, he’s still too young to appreciate his fourth straight Formula One championship.

The 26-year-old Red Bull driver won the Indian Grand Prix from the pole Sunday with a clinical ride. He became the third driver to win four consecutive F1 championships, joining Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher. Vettel is also the youngest four-time world champion by eight years.

“I’m way too young to understand what it means,” he said. “I might be 60 one day, maybe then I will understand, but nobody cares anymore. I care. It’s difficult to realize something that nobody can take away from you.”

Oct 27

MotoGP: Lorenzo Wins Japanese Grand Prix To Keep Title Fight Alive

Jorge Lorenzo (front) managed to hold of Marc Marquez (middle) and Dani Pedrosa (back) to win Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo (front) managed to hold of Marc Marquez (middle) and Dani Pedrosa (back) to win Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo has triumphed for the seventh time in 2013, winning Sunday’s AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan. The Yamaha Factory Racing rider fought off a stiff challenge from Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa to ensure that the MotoGP title battle goes down to the wire for the first time since 2006.

Providing a truly unpredictable end to the late-season triple-header, the Motegi weekend was very much shaken up by inclement weather conditions; this led to the cancellation of all track action on Friday as well as heavy modifications to the Saturday agenda. Ironically, Sunday’s race took place under clear blue skies in Japan.

Oct 26

MotoGP: Bradl Leads Final Japanese GP Practice As Marquez Crashes

Stefan Bradl set the quickest time in Sunday's Japanese GP practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Stefan Bradl set the quickest time in Sunday’s Japanese GP practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Stefan Bradl was quickest as Sunday practice was staged ahead of the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan. The LCR Honda MotoGP rider led the way from Repsol Honda Team pairing Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez, with the championship leader having walked away from a high-speed crash earlier in the session.

After the disruption of Friday and Saturday, there were now blue skies and a warm morning. Bradl, back in action after fracturing an ankle in Malaysia just over two weeks ago, posted the session-leading effort of 1’46.440, 19 thousandths of a second up on Pedrosa and one tenth quicker than Marquez. In-turn, the rookie – who could claim the world title later today – beat Yamaha Factory Racing’s pole-sitter Jorge Lorenzo to fourth spot by 17 thousandths, having rejoined from his crash which featured the Spaniard bouncing across the Turn 12 gravel trap.

Oct 26

MotoGP: American Ben Spies Announces Retirement From Racing

American Ben Spies announced today that he is retiring from racing. (Photo: Getty Images)

American Ben Spies announced today that he is retiring from racing. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ducati and Ben Spies have announced that the American is to retire from racing competition. The Ignite Pramac Racing rider has competed in only two MotoGP races so far this season in a year heavily affected by injuries.

“Ducati Motor Holding and Ben Spies announced today that the American will not be racing in 2014 after the parties reached agreement to resolve Ben’s current contract with the Italian racing manufacturer,” reads a Saturday statement.

“The 29-year-old Texan had signed a two-year agreement with Ducati at the end of last season to race in MotoGP in 2013 and 2014 as part of the factory-supported Ignite Pramac Racing Team.”

Having injured his right shoulder while competing with Yamaha Factory Racing in the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix, Spies required further rehabilitation this year and suffered a further setback when he crashed in free practice at Indianapolis.