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125cc: 2010 season review

125cc: 2010 season review

It was a title race that went down to the very last round, as 17 year-old Spaniard Marc Márquez got the better of his fellow countrymen Nico Terol and Pol Espargaró in a thrilling season-long battle. motogp.com recaps the season with a look back over video highlights of the most important moments.

Providing the most nail biting title contest in 2010 the 125cc category remained undecided until the final round of the campaign in Valencia, where Marc Márquez became the second-youngest ever World Champion in the 62-year history of MotoGP. The 17 year-old Red Bull Ajo Motorsport rider, who won an incredible ten races throughout the season, had to hold off the stern challenges of fellow Spaniards Nico Terol, who finished second, and Pol Espargaró who came third in a superb fight to the finish.

It was not the easiest of starts to the year for Márquez however as after Terol opened 2010 with victory in Qatar, Espargaró then secured back-to-back wins at Jerez and Le Mans, underlining his solid credentials as a title hopeful. Indeed, matters became slightly complicated for Márquez at Jerez in Round 2, where a crash after starting from pole resulted in a dislocated shoulder.

With Terol and Espargaró leading the way after three rounds a phenomenal response came from Márquez. His first World Championship Grand Prix victory at Mugello was the start of a five-race winning streak which left him top of the standings after eight rounds.

The fourth of those five wins came at Catalunya where a crash for Terol meant the Bancaja Aspar rider missed the following round in Germany, where a fall for Espargaró allowed Márquez to open up an advantage.

The fight was far from over however and upon his return to action at Brno Terol took victory, following it up with another at Indianapolis as just five points separated leader Márquez, second placed Terol and Espargaró in third after Round 10.

Márquez won at Misano but a crash involving Randy Krummenacher at Aragón and victory for Espargaró blew the door wide open again, and also saw Terol take the Championship lead.

As he had done earlier in the campaign Márquez reacted magnificently and won the next four races in a row at Motegi, Sepang, Phillip Island and Estoril – the first three coming from pole position. Victory in Malaysia handed Márquez the lead of the Championship once more, and his win in Portugal was nothing short of breath-taking in what was one of the races of the year.

Fourth place in the season finale at Valencia delivered Márquez his first World Championship title, and also served notice of his great talent and promise as one of the emerging stars of the World Championship.

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