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Marquez: ‘Thanks to my family and Honda’

Marquez: ‘Thanks to my family and Honda’

Marc Marquez reacted joyfully after becoming the youngest ever back-to-back premier class World Champion after a solid ride at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan aboard his Repsol Honda RC213V.

Having started fourth on the grid Marquez made a steady start to the race, dropping behind Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) through the opening corners. The Spaniard quickly dispatched with the Ducati rider and focused on claiming second position ahead of Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP).

A brief midrace battle emerged between the pair, swapping positions for several corners. Marquez eventually got the better of the nine time World Champion and went about closing down Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who had built up a comfortable lead.

Marquez made an attempt to catch Lorenzo, but the Yamaha rider responded and Marquez settled for second. This result allowed him to claim his second MotoGP World Championship, and fourth World Title, with three races to go.

Now the youngest ever rider to take consecutive premier class World Titles, Marquez looks to return to winning in the final three races.

An ecstatic Marquez explained, “You know, the race doesn’t really matter today! Maybe I wasn’t riding like always, as I felt a little different. It was hard to overtake and I didn’t want a mistake. I had two mistakes in the last races but we got the title! It’s incredible to take it at home. Thanks to my family and Honda.”

“Just two years in MotoGP with two titles is incredible. Maybe for the people it looks easy because I’m always smiling, but there is a lot of pressure. Misano and Aragon we made some mistakes so it was important to focus here for Honda. I’m really happy with my team and family and fans, they’re all pushing me. It’s like a dream right now,” he added.

MotoGP, 2014, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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