Has anyone else noticed that the closing credits for any race in Grand Prix Motorcycle racing is the Spanish National Anthem? It must be in the blood!

If you haven't heard of Marc Marquez, you will, and if you like motorcycle racing, you should.The 20-year-old Spaniard is crushing the record books with his first season in Moto GP. Racing for the Repsol Honda team, he has won six races and yesterday at Valenica, he became the 2013 Moto GP champion, the youngest in history. His little brother Alex Marquez (17 years old) who rides for the Estrella Galicia team in Moto 3, took his first victory two weeks ago in Japan at the Motegi Twin Ring Circuit. Following his brother Marc's footsteps, Alex has shown great talent with a fourth place overall finish of the season.

But the Marquez brothers aren't the only family rocking the Gran Prix circuit this year. Another set of Spanish racing brothers had a reason to celebrate. Pol Espagaró who races in the Moto 2 class, clinched the World Championship title with his win in Japan. Riding for Pons 40 HP Tuenti team, he overcame a mid-season slump, to collect his well-deserved title. Next year, Pol will ride for the Tech 3  Yamaha team in the premier class, Moto GP. He will be joining his older brother Aleix Espagaró (who rides for the Power Electronics Aspar team.) Two weeks ago, Aleix became the top CRT (Claiming Rule Teams) rider of Moto GP for the second season in the row. Aleix's plans on joining the NGM Mobile Forward Racing team next season.

And finally, in one of the most thrilling races of the season, Maverick Viñales (who once was on Paris Hilton's race team - yes, Paris Hilton had a race team) seized the Moto 3 Championship title on the last turn for Team Calvo. His cousin Issac Viñales had a decent season himself, coming in 17th overall in a pool of 28 riders. Maverick (who has the most awesome racing name ever) will move up to Moto 2 next year riding for Pons Racing
 
We would like to congratulate both the Espagaró and Marquez brothers and the Viñales cousins' on a remarkable season and look forward to their racing next year. Blood is obviously thicker than water ... or at least energy drinks!