In a fairly dramatic season, which saw Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati coming tantalisingly close to taking the MotoGP crown, Spaniard Marc Marquez, riding for Repsol Honda Team, took top honours at the Valencia Grand Prix. Coming in third behind race winner and team mate Dani Pedrosa, and second place finisher Johann Zarco of Monster Yamaha Tech 3.

The third place at Valencia gives Marquez his fourth MotoGP title, and sixth World Championship win, making him the youngest rider to do so. Second in the championship standings is Dovizioso, while Maverick Vinales of Movistar Yamaha coming in third.

Marquez took the lead at the tight Circuit Ricardo Tormo Circuit, with Pedrosa coming through the second row to take second place. Pole position rider Zarco was then pushed down to third, while Dovizioso – who had a mathematical chance of winning the MotoGP title – was in sixth position coming off the grid.

Jorge Lorenzo, on the other Ducati, attempted chasing down Mrquez and Pedrosa, somewhat holding up Dovizioso to do so, crashed out. In a stunning upset, Dovizioso crashed shortly after, losing the bike after running off into the gravel.

The race win then saw a duel between Pedrosa and Zarco, with Marquez electing to stay in a comfortable third place and preserve his title after the Ducatis crashed out. Pedrosa bided his time till the last lap, when a charge into turn one saw him taking the lead and crossing the finish line.

In the Moto2 class, Franco Morbidelli is champion, with Thomas Luthi and Miguel Olivera in second and third, respectively. Malaysian Hafizh Syahrin, who recently made the move to Petronas Sprinta Racing from Raceline Petronas, came in tenth with Khairul Idham Pawi at 27th in the rankings.

Joan Mir took the honours in Moto3, while Romano Fenati and Aron Canet – all riding Hondas – grabbing second and third. Malaysian Adam Norrodin is 17th in the Moto3 championship standings.