It kicked off in Qatar and said ‘Hasta la vista’ in Valencia.
It was book-ended by superb performances from reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo.
But it revolved around the rookie who rewote all the record books.
It was, of course, the 2013 MotoGP World Championship, whose 18 races spanned the globe from the Middle East to middle Europe, from Austin to Aragon, with a history-making Tissot Australian Grand Prix thrown into the explosive mix.
The statistics tell the superficial story...
ROUND 18 – Valencia, 10 November
The headlines from Valencia:
Three in a row not enough for Lorenzo… Espargaro blows chance to go out in a blaze of glory… Maverick makes it!
MotoGP: Lorenzo’s land, Marquez’s title
1 Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha), 46m 10.302s • 2 Dani Pedrosa (Honda), 3.934s down • 3 Marc Marquez (Honda), 7.357s down
PP Marquez, 1:30.237 = 159.7 km/h • FL Pedrosa, 1:31.628 = 157.3 km/h on lap 22
He fought like a lion to the last but in the end Jorge Lorenzo could not stop Marc...
Venue: Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Valencia
Circuit: 4.005km; 14 corners, 9 left, 5 right. ‘A circuit within a stadium’ is how they describe it and Ricardo Tormo certainly has superb viewing facilities. It’s named after a rider born locally who took World Championships in the 50cc and 80cc classes before having his career ended by a freak accident that shattered his right leg. “Tight and slow but surprisingly flowing” is how Casey Stoner remembers it, and he should know: he scored his first GP...
Early 1984, Barcelona, Spain.
In the suburb of Martorelles, close to the Derbi motorcycle factory, a rider in a new set of leathers is testing the equally new 80cc Derbi machine.
He is not on a circuit, as such, simply on a route in this industrial sector where the streets are normally, if unofficially, closed off to let the Derbi riders do their thing in relative peace and safety.
Unbeknown to him, one of the barriers has been moved. A car is out there with him. When he hits it, his right...
Two World Championships… 38 Grand Prix victories in MotoGP… six straight wins at the world’s greatest motorcycle circuit, Phillip Island: it’s the stuff of legend.
On Saturday 19 October, 2013, Casey Stoner, the man to whom that proud record belongs, officially became a MotoGP Legend when he was inducted into the sport’s most elite club.
Agostini, Hailwood, Duke, Sheene: those are just a few of the riders whom Stoner joins as the 20th member of this very special club, which he joined by...