Marc Marquez wins fourth MotoGP title in Valencia
Marc Marquez claimed his fourth MotoGP title in five years after finishing third at the season-ending Valencia race in his native Spain.
The 24-year-old Honda rider, who needed to finish in the top 11 to beat Andrea Dovizioso to the crown, is the youngest driver to win four titles in the class.
Dovizioso was frustratingly held up by Ducati team-mate Jorge Lorenzo before both crashed out in separate incidents.
Honda’s Dani Pedrosa won the race, with Yamaha rookie Johann Zarco in second.
Marquez had started the race from pole position and led after the start before being passed by Zarco on lap three.
He stayed behind the Frenchman until the latter stages before suffering a scare when Marquez passed Zarco to re-take the lead only to go off the track at turn one on lap 23.
However, Marquez skilfully managed to stay on his bike and re-joined in fifth behind Spaniard Lorenzo and Italian Dovizioso, who both crashed out to promote him to third.
“It is an amazing feeling,” Marquez said. “In the race, I tried to be calm and control the situation. In turn, one I lost concentration on the breaking point.
“I would like to congratulate Dovi and the Ducati team.”
Lorenzo seemed to be getting messages from his garage to let Dovizioso pass but refused to do so until he went off.
Dovizioso, though, went off himself moments later and Marquez’s title victory was confirmed.