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Cycle News Issue 50 December 18

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2018 FIM MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON REVIEW P144 MotoGP T he year started with one big question: who could beat Marc Marquez? It was an- swered with three races to spare. Nobody. Older, faster, the one-time youngest-ever champion took a fifth title in six years. But he never made it look easy. That's not his style. Flirting on the edge of disaster, accomplish- ing one knife-edge save after another, crashing 23 times—his way of finding the limit in practice, Marquez stretched the laws of physics beyond his rivals. Did he need to take so many risks? Particu- larly given what was revealed at year's end, that his left shoulder has been so often dislocated that even a friendly hug from Scott Redding made it pop out again at Motegi? A proper crash at Valencia did so again. But the 25-year-old knows no other way. He had 25 recorded falls, two more than any other MotoGP rider during 2018. FOR THE FIFTH TIME IN SIXTH YEARS, MARC MARQUEZ LAID WASTE TO THE WORLD'S BEST RIDERS IN THE MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. THIS IS THE STORY OF HOW HE DID IT. THE MERCILESS STRIKES AGAIN BY MICHAEL SCOTT PHOTOGRAPHY BY GOLD & GOOSE Marc Marquez unlocked the secret to almost unbeatable speed in 2018 and used it to good effect, making mistakes in the practice sessions but rarely in the race. A seventh world title was just reward.

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