Spain’s Marc Marquez has won his second Moto GP world championship in Japan today.
The 21-year-old has set the motorcycle racing world alight since making his premier class debut at the beginning of 2013, in a season that saw him become the first rookie to win the world title since Kenny Roberts back in 1978.
In 2014, Marquez has gone from strength to strength, winning all of the first ten races of the year. Although he was unable to keep his hopes of a perfect season going, he has done enough to win the championship with three races remaining.
Marquez started the race from fourth place in Japan, and although he could not beat compatriot Jorge Lorenzo to the race win, in second place, he scored the required points to secure the title. Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi finished third.
For Marquez, the victory was made all the sweeter by the fact that it came at the home race for his team, Honda, at Motegi in Japan.
“It was hard to overtake and I didn’t want a mistake,” Marquez said. “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 Moto GP 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.”
With three races remaining, Marquez will be hoping to add to his haul of 11 wins in 2014 as he plots to secure a hat-trick of titles next season.