2nd - Marc Marquez Average score out of ten: 9.0 Team: Repsol Honda Bike: RC213V (Factory) Wins: 13 Podiums: 14 Poles: 13 Fastest Laps: 12 Championship points: 362 Championship position: 1st out of 27

Well this is a surprise. Last year's vote winner Marc Marquez has slipped to second in this year's poll - despite successfully defending his MotoGP crown and setting new records along the way.

Of course, voting was never meant to be restricted to race results - and we're not sure if voting was influenced by the recent controversy in Spain over Marquez's move to Andorra - but it is hard to imagine that Marquez could have done much more on the race track this year.

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Despite a broken leg ruling him out of two pre-season tests, Marquez delivered a perfect run of ten straight wins to shatter any title opposition. The young Spaniard also comfortably beat his fellow RC213V riders, ending the year with a record 13 wins compared with just one victory for team-mate Dani Pedrosa, who was fourth in the standings.

Marquez won in the dry, in the wet (Assen), by leading every lap (Austin, Jerez), by fighting back from tenth (Le Mans) and by triumphing in close last-lap battles (Losail, Mugello and Catalunya).

However Marquez also threw away two further wins when he fell while leading at Aragon and Phillip Island. Another race mistake occurred early at Misano, when Marquez lowsided while chasing leader Valentino Rossi.

The 21-year-old sensation lost an average score of 0.19 relative to last year's poll and perhaps many of you agreed with Rossi's assessment: Marquez's season was great, but winning as a rookie - the first since Kenny Roberts in 1978 - was greater. "Sincerely, for me personally Marc was more impressive last year than this year, because to win the title in his first season was fantastic."

Either way, it's only the second time in the history of the Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year poll, which began in 2008, that the world champion has not been voted as the winner.

But Marquez shouldn't feel too bad - this year's F1 champion didn't win the four-wheel poll either...

About the vote:
Rather than repeat the Riders' World Championship standings, the MotoGP Star of the Year poll asks viewers to take into account factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, riding style, experience, injuries, progress and personality just as much as race results.

Over 50,000 votes were cast for the 2014 Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year poll, where viewers awarded each of this year's full-time participants - only Colin Edwards, who retired during the season, was not included - with a mark out of ten.

2014 MotoGP Star of the Year: Results so far 2nd Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda 9.0 3rd Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team 7.0 4th Aleix Espargaro SPA Forward Yamaha 6.9 5th Andrea Iannone ITA Pramac Ducati 6.8 6th Jorge Lorenzo SPA Movistar Yamaha 6.7 7th Pol Espargaro SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 6.3 8th Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda 6.2 9th Scott Redding GBR Go&Fun Honda Gresini 6.1 10th Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 5.7 Full ranking featuring all 22 full-season riders to be revealed after the winner is announced.

Marc Marquez in the Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year poll MotoGP Star of the Year 2013: 1st MotoGP Star of the Year 2012: N/A MotoGP Star of the Year 2011: N/A MotoGP Star of the Year 2010: N/A MotoGP Star of the Year 2009: N/A MotoGP Star of the Year 2008: N/A


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This continued from my last post.

Honda have been very clever in their selection of Riders, they have brought them through the different classes to the top, this is to be commended, however the thing is they tend to be small & light and I think this gives them a fairly big advantage, I think if the weight was the same for all you would not see Marquez at the top as much.

I think the rules should be changed to make the weight the same for all, I think you would see a different story all together.

When you consider that Rossi is one of the heaviest rider on the grid & he has the second best bike on the grid & he beat Lorenzo after the 2 appalling years at Ducati I think he has proved a lot wrong this year & he on equal machinery would have won many more races this year.

If Yamaha get the gearbox sorted and everything right then there is no reason why Rossi can not challenge for a title next year.

It will be very interesting too when the control ECU comes in 2016, that will sort out

Well this will cause a stir but I don't give a damn about that I will say it how it is.

I voted Rossi first & Marquez second, in my opinion the reason to give Rossi the first place is clear.

The bikes, so which is the best, well it has been widely acknowledged for around 2 full seasons that the Honda is a fair bit ahead of the Yamaha, ok I think Yamaha has closed the gap a little but I think Honda still maintain the edge.

The riders, so who is the best, well I think Rossi well I would as I'm a fan of his been watching him since his 125 days and have not missed a race come to think about it I have barely missed any qualifying and warm ups in all these years I have watched motogp.

There is no doubt that Marquez is a good talented rider who is fast and is fully prepared to give everything to win.

Now what many may not agree with what I'm about to say I actually think its a very valid point.

Honda have been very clever in their selection of Riders, they have brought them through the