MotoGP racer Marc Marquez wins the Thailand Grand Prix and his sixth title in Buri Ram, Thailand on Sunday. The Spaniard sealed his sixth MotoGP title with four races to spare.
The Spaniard had to score two points more than Italian Ducati rival Andrea Dovizioso, who finished a distant fourth at MotoGP race in Buri Ram.
The title was the eighth of 26-year-old Marquez’s MotoGP career. Marquez becomes the youngest rider ever to win so many. He was 125cc (now Moto3) world champion in 2010 and Moto2 winner in 2012.
Marquez, who passed Petronas Yamaha’s Quartararo on the last lap after a wheel to wheel duel between the two rivals in sweltering heat, now has an unsurpassed 325 points to Dovizioso’s 215.
Marquez Crash in Friday’s Practice
The Spaniard, who had a huge crash in Friday practice that sent him to hospital for checks and then fell again in qualifying. did not put a wheel wrong as he reined in pole-sitter Quartararo and denied the 20-year-old a first win.
The pair were just 0.171 of a second apart at the line. Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales finished third to complete the podium.
“I was planning the weekend to try to win the race, it doesn’t matter about the championship or the distance between me and Dovi,” grinned Marquez after celebrating with his team mates and fan club.
“The target was try to find the best way to win the race and it’s what I did, he told Reuters.
“Fabio was really fast in one part of the race, there was a gap in the middle but I caught up…amazing year, all the Repsol Honda team did an amazing job.”
The title made Marquez the youngest six times champion in the top class, taking that honor from Italian great Giacomo Agostini who did it at 29 years old.
The previous youngest eight times champion was the late British rider Mike ‘The Bike’ Hailwood, who reached that milestone at 27.
MotoGP top 5 Standings
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