Marc Marquez wins 4th MotoGP title on last race of season

Spain's MotoGP rider Marc Marquez celebrates on the podium after winning the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. | AP

Spain's MotoGP rider Marc Marquez celebrates on the podium after winning the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. | AP

Marc Marquez was crowned 2017 MotoGP World Champion in a dramatic fashion at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia this afternoon.

Marquez ended the season with 298 points to runner-up Dovizioso's 261.

"I think you have good highlights of the race", Marquez joked of his Turn 1 save after a back-and-forth for the lead with Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Johann Zarco.

The pair ran fourth and fifth for the majority of the race, as Marquez settled into second place behind leader Johann Zarco, with Lorenzo seemingly holding up Dovizioso.

At just 24, a highly mature Marquez is the youngest ever rider to win four premier class world titles after just five seasons in MotoGP - adding to two other world championships at lower levels.

"This made the championship even more exciting".

But it was Dovizioso whose desperation eventually caught him out, losing control with six laps to go and losing his bike into the gravel trap.

"We were over the limit the whole race so we both made mistakes", said Dovizioso.

"I am happy that I achieved my goal of being in front, because the start is very important on this track", Marquez said on Saturday. The easiest strategy was just finish the race, but it was hard to control myself because, from the beginning I start not so bad, then I saw Zarco was behind. This is a standard thing for Marc. I let him pass because I know that he will try to push, and when I was behind him I was able to be much faster.

Dani Pedrosa was fifth fastest and one of a few riders who didn't improve on his lap-time from Friday, whilst Alex Rins continued to show development on his GSX-RR to finish sixth fastest and just two tenths off of second placed Zarco.

Ultimately, though, the Spaniard came out on top on home soil to deny Zarco his first MotoGP win and round off a ideal day for the Honda pair. "In the race we will fight until the end".

"Dovi has been a very strong rival". But in turn one I lost concentration on the brake point, I braked too late ...

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