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See what propelled Spanish sensation to his fourth MotoGP title aged just 24.
His trip up alpine skiing’s toughest FIS World Cup course on tyre spikes came on the back of his third world title, but the fast charging Spaniard was not finished there.
The Cervera native had to battle right to the end in Valencia to clinch his first title back in 2013 from Jorge Lorenzo, while the Repsol Honda rider had the 2015 and 2016 titles wrapped up early from Italian legend Valentino Rossi.
This season, though, he had to fend off an early charge from compatriot Maverick Viñales and a supreme effort from Italian rival Andrea Dovizioso to cement his fourth MotoGP world title in Valencia at the tender age of 24.
Here are the standout moments in yet another magical Marquez season to remember.
Marquez began the year in Austria by following F1 star Max Verstappen’s stunt a year earlier with one of his own, this time by becoming the first man to ride up the famous Hahnenkamm ski run on a MotoGP bike as can be seen in these stunning photos and videos.
Spanish Grand Prix
After Viñales won the first two races in Qatar and Argentina, Marquez hit back in Austin to win the Grand Prix of the Americas. It was at Jerez in the next race, though, where he showed it is not just victories that can help you win titles but solid points finishes too. Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa stormed to a superb pole however Marquez could have duelled with him late on for the victory and risked a crash that could have seen both finish with no points. He backed off instead for a safe second behind Pedrosa, which ate into Viñales’ early championship lead.
Czech Grand Prix
After a disappointing run of results following the Jerez victory, Marquez returned to form in Germany to see off home hero Jonas Folger and record his fifth straight Sachsenring victory leaving him in good shape for the next race in Brno. The race was started in wet conditions, though, and Marquez soon slipped down the field. His decision to pull into the pit lane for a new bike with slicks was a masterstroke as he quickly scythed his way through the pack to romp to a commanding 12.438-second victory from paddock pal Pedrosa.
San Marino Grand Prix
Dovizioso’s excellent victories at the Red Bull Ring in Austria and Britain’s Silverstone meant that the momentum Marquez had built up after his Czech win was in danger of petering out. Marquez, however, saw a chance in the wet at Misano to claw back points from the Italian. He managed to avoid crashing in awful conditions to get behind long-time leader Danilo Petrucci approaching the last lap. Many riders would have thanked their lucky stars to claim second in the rain, nevertheless Marquez is no ordinary rider and he pulled off an audacious final-lap move to claim a stunning win and move level with Dovizioso overall.
Japanese Grand Prix
Marquez’s back-to-back win in Aragon next time out left him in pole position from Dovizioso finally in the championship standings heading into the hugely anticipated race at Motegi. The duo did not disappoint in another wet race thriller that ensured the title went down to the last three races of the season. Marquez made a blistering start on the slick track with Petrucci the only man challenging before Dovizioso joined the party in the second half of the race. Marquez and Dovizioso exchanged the lead in the final few laps before the Italian produced a scintillating move to overtake the Spaniard on the final corner for victory. In a finish for the ages, it was a miracle neither rider slid off in the breathless finale.
Valencia Grand Prix
Marquez needed to finish 11th or better in Spain to clinch his fourth MotoGP title after Dovizioso’s victory in Malaysia extended the battle until the final race of the season. The Spaniard qualified on pole, however he was not content to play it safe with the Italian lurking behind. He rode hard and nearly crashed out twice before Dovizioso slid off leaving Marquez to take home third place in the race and yet another world crown.
Marc Marquez fact file
Place of birth: Cervera
2010 125cc World Champion
2012 Moto2 World Champion
MotoGP debut: 2013
MotoGP team: Repsol Honda
Third place in MotoGP debut at 2013 Qatar Grand Prix
First MotoGP title: 2013 with six wins and 334 points
Overall MotoGP titles: 4
MotoGP pole positions: 45
MotoGP victories: 35
MotoGP podiums: 63
Reached 100 Premier Class podiums at 2017 Japanese Grand Prix