Marc Marquez wins 2017 MotoGP championship

MotoGP: Marc Marquez becomes youngest ever four-time champion after winning title in dramatic Valencia Grand Prix

"I'm happy because we tried until the end, and it was open until 10 laps to the end", said Dovizioso, who saw Marquez's slide and save but could do nothing to take advantage of it.

The French rider maintained the lead with Marquez nipping at his heels, ahead of Pedrosa, with Lorenzo and Dovizioso trying not to fall behind the lead pack. Even with the title in hand, Marquez battled his way to third, finishing behind Monster Energy Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco and the race victor on the other factory Honda, Dani Pedrosa.

"We are not surprised [by Marquez] because that is his standard but I didn't really have the speed to attack".

Scott Redding crashed out in the early stages of the race, while Sam Lowes would also fail to finish his last MotoGP race before returning to the Moto2 World Championship next year. However, as the laps ticked down, Marquez ran out of patience and swept by, only to lose the front end of his Honda in the following corner. Marquez clawed his way back to third, meaning he could celebrate his championship win from the podium.

The 24-year-old Honda rider retained the title he won a year ago, adding to his 2014 and 2013 triumphs, and went into the showdown in his native Spain very much on course to do so, lying 21 points clear of second-placed Andrea Dovizioso, of Ducati, in the overall standings.

"I'm living a dream", Marquez told reporters after the race.

"Today the race was incredibly tense and exciting - a bit "Marquez Style", he laughed.

"At the end I tried a few different times, but I made mistakes and finally into turn one I could make it stick". Teammate Pedrosa sliced through from the second row to take over in second, and Zarco was pushed down to third. "I learned a lot of things from him", Marquez said.

"I put myself in the right position but, unfortunately, I didn't have many cards to play".

The same message he'd seen in Malaysia, widely thought to mean "Let Dovi past", would appear on his screen four times before the team resorted to telling him to drop one position on his pit board.

"Unlike Sepang, here the pace was lacking - Jorge analysed - I stayed ahead in order to give him a tow closer to the leaders".

Marquez also made history after he claimed pole at Valencia, which was a record-breaking 73rd pole in his Grand Prix career that began in 2008.

"If he had the option to win, I would have gone wide and let him pass".

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