The 125cc World Championship, the only one of this year's motorcycle grand prix titles to do down to the final round, will be decided between Marc Marquez and Nicolas Terol this Sunday at Valencia.
Marquez (Ajo Derbi) starts the final round with a 17 point lead over Terol (Aspar Aprilia), meaning:
* If Terol wins the race then Marquez needs to finish eighth or higher to become world champion.
* If Terol finishes second then Marquez needs to finish 13th or higher to become world champion.
* If Terol does not finish either first or second, then Marquez will be world champion.
If Marquez does win the title, he will become the second youngest world champion in the 62-year history of Grand Prix racing, after 1990 world champion and current MotoGP rider Loris Capirossi. Marquez's age on the day of the Valencian race will be 17 years 263 days.
If Marquez wins the final race of the year he would also equal the all-time record for most GP wins (11) in a single season in the 125cc class, set by Valentino Rossi in 1997.
Since Valencia became the host for the final Grand Prix of the season, there have been three previous occasions when the 125cc world title has been decided at the event:
– Manuel Poggiali (Gilera) had a chance of taking the title at the Valencia GP; he had an eight point deficit to Arnaud Vincent (Aprilia). However, Vincent finished second in front of Poggiali at the final race, to become the first French rider to win the 125cc world title.
– Mika Kallio (KTM) needed to win the race at Valencia to take the title, but only if Thomas Luthi (Honda) finished lower than 13th. Although Kallio did his part by winning the race, Honda rider Luthi took the title by cruising home for a ninth place finish.
– Gabor Talmacsi (Aprilia) had a ten-point advantage over team-mate Hector Faubel at the start of the Valencia race in 2007. The two riders took the top two places on the grid and Faubel won a fantastic race in which the top five riders crossed the line covered by less than a second; however Talmacsi did enough to take the title by finishing second.