20-year-old Marc Marquez has become the youngest ever MotoGP World Champion and the first rookie to take the title since Kenny Roberts in 1978.
Marquez was calm under pressure, settling for a third-place finish behind title rival Jorge Lorenzo and teammate Dani Pedrosa. It appeared the youngster had the bigger picture in mind, avoiding close combat throughout the race to win the title by a margin of four points.
“It’s a dream come true, maybe too early because I didn’t expect it in the first season in MotoGP,” said Marquez. “I cannot explain what I feel. To do it in front of all our fans, to fight with Jorge and Dani – two of the best riders in MotoGP.”