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Global media reaction to Marquez’ title triumph

Global media reaction to Marquez’ title triumph

By becoming the youngest ever MotoGP™ World Champion on Sunday Marc Marquez made headlines around the globe and he was also congratulated personally by some illustrious names, as he celebrated his title win.

With the 2013 MotoGP™ title not decided until the final lap, Jorge Lorenzo missing out by just four points and Marquez having no room for error until he crossed the finishing line at Valencia, the gripping finale grabbed huge international media attention.

With a crowd of over 104,000 fans watching in person at the track, massive global TV audience also tuned in to see Marquez make history.

U.S. newspaper Washington Post hailed Marquez’ achievement in becoming the first MotoGP rookie champion since Kenny Roberts 35 years ago, whilst CNN acknowledged the Spaniard as the new youngest ever premier class king – Marquez taking that record from another American, Freddie Spencer.

The UK press also took note of Marquez’ historical achievement with The Guardian and The Times detailing how Marquez at 20 years and 266 days of age has dislodged Spencer (who was 21 years and 258 days old when he won the title) from the record books.

Meanwhile, the likes of Italy’s Repubblica, France’s Le Monde, Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and all raved about Marquez’ sensational MotoGP™ rookie triumph.

Clearly genuinely happy for Marquez to have taken his record, the pair having met for the first time earlier this year, Spencer tweeted the new young champion directly, saying, ‘Congratulations Marc to you and the team! I couldn't be happier for you! Enjoy this moment!’

In addition, two highly respected names in the world of sport, FC Barcelona’s Gerard Pique and retiring F1 race winner Mark Webber were both quick to praise the Repsol Honda rider on his record breaking win.

Pique was a VIP guest at the Valencia track on Sunday and hugged Marquez following his podium finish, which sealed the 2013 title, later tweeting his congratulations to Marquez, with Webber adding, ‘Was a special little bloke when I met him the first time. Congrats on the world title’.


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