Spanish Rookie Marc Marquez has become the youngest ever MotoGP World Champion after finishing 3rd in the final round of the season at the Grand Prix of Valencia overnight.
Defending Champion Jorge Lorenzo was the race winner of the day on his factory Yamaha but 20-year-old Marquez only had to finish in the top four to become the first rider to win the championship in his debut-season since Kenny Roberts in 1978.
Fellow Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa finished second, but was already out of the title contention coming into the round.
Lorenzo’s factory Yamaha team-mate and seven-times World Champion, Valentino Rossi, finished fourth.
Marquez said : “This is a dream that comes true,”
“I cannot explain what I feel.”
The new World Champion finished just four points ahead of Lorenzo in the overall standings, which is the tightest of margins since the 1992 series.
The season got off to a great start for the Rookie when he became the youngest winner of a premier class race at the Circuit of the Americas. He then went on the break more records by winning the most races as a Rookie in one season, with six and went on to dominate becoming the youngest rider to win four races back-to-back.
Being gracious in the Championship defeat, Lorenzo went on record saying: “Marquez has been a deserving champion. Today is his day.”
Valencia Grand Prix results:
1. Jorge Lorenzo – (SPA) Yamaha
2. Dani Pedrosa – (SPA) Repsol Honda
3. Marc Marquez – (SPA) Repsol Honda
4. Valentino Rossi – (ITA) Yamaha
5. Alvaro Bautista – (SPA) Honda Gresini
6. Stefan Bradl – (GER) LCR Honda
7. Bradley Smith – (GBR) Tech 3 Yamaha
8. Nicky Hayden – (USA) Ducati
9. Andrea Dovizioso – (ITA) Ducati
10. Michele Pirro – (ITA) Ducati Test Team
1. Marc Marquez – 334 points
2. Jorge Lorenzo – 330 points
3. Dani Pedrosa – 300 points
4. Valentino Rossi – 237 points
5. Cal Crutchlow – 188 points