Marc Marquez clinched the 2014 MotoGP world title at Motegi in Japan on Sunday, finishing the race 2nd behind Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo to put the championship beyond the reach of rivals Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa.
The Spaniard passed Rossi with just 8 laps to go to make certain of the outcome, and with the points gap now at 82 with just 75 remaining on offer the result makes Marquez the youngest double title winner in history, taking a title held by Mike Hailwood since 1963.
Lorenzo meanwhile looked imperious for his second successive victory of the year, taking the lead from Rossi early on before maintaining a small but comfortable gap to the chequered flag. Polesitter Andrea Dovizioso was also strong for Ducati but faded to 5th by the chequered flag, behind Pedrosa who couldn’t get near Repsol Honda team-mate Marquez.
Marquez’s celebrations involved Geisha’s and Samurai’s, plus an unhealthy amount of sword-brandishing; but proved a hit with fans around the world and certainly provided entertainment value, though it took him over a quarter of an hour to get back to Parc Ferme.
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