This has been another remarkable and historic Grand Prix season for Honda, with Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V), Honda, the Repsol Honda team and Honda’s Moto3 riders and teams all breaking records today.

Marquez went into this afternoon’s season finale with a 21-point lead, but instead of riding conservatively, he was the same Marc as always: attacking from pole position, leading the first few laps, then retaking the lead in the late stages, moments later saving a scary moment, when he ran off the track and into the gravel at high speed.

The 24-year-old Spaniard regained his composure to cross the finish line in third place and secure his fourth MotoGP crown in five years. He finished the last race of the year less than 11 seconds behind team-mate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC213V), who took his first victory since May’s Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez and moved up to fourth overall in the points chase.

This afternoon’s season finale won Honda the coveted triple crown of Riders World Championship, Constructors World Championship and Teams World Championship. This is a record seventh time the factory has taken the triple crown, since the team prize was added to the riders and constructors awards in 2002.

Marquez’s latest success gives the company its 19th Riders World Championship since 1983, an all-time record. Two weeks ago in Malaysia Honda secured its 23rd Constructors World Championship since 1966, also a record. And today the Repsol Honda Team secured its eighth Teams World Championship since the award was introduced in 2002, another record

Pedrosa’s 31st MotoGP victory takes Honda to 287 premier-class races since it first entered the class of kings in 1966. This is also a record.

Marquez proved everything today: that he a six-times World Champion (four in MotoGP, one each in Moto2 and 125cc), that he has a superhuman ability to maintain control in the most amazing situations and that he is a great sportsman. After the race he immediately thanked his Honda staff and his Repsol Honda crew, then paid tribute to Ducati’s efforts. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) had been his main title rival, taking the championship all the way to the final round.

Today is also a historic day for Marquez, who is now the youngest rider to win four premier-class World Championships, at the age of 24 years and 268 days, taking the record from Mike Hailwood, who was 25 years and 107 days old when he won his fourth premier-class title in 1965. The Spaniard is also the youngest rider to win six World Championships, taking the record from Valentino Rossi, who was 25 years and 244 days old when he won his sixth title, the 2004 MotoGP crown.

And Marquez has achieved a whole new record. He is the first rider in the 69-year history of motorcycle Grand Prix racing to win at least five GPs per season over eight years, across three categories: 125cc, Moto2 and MotoGP.

The race started watched by a capacity crowd, buzzing with excitement. Marquez led for the first three laps before sensibly allowing Johann Zarco (Yamaha) to take the lead. The last thing he wanted was a race-long battle for victory, when all he needed was an 11th-place finish, even if Dovizioso won the race, which the Italian needed to at least stand the slimmest chance of bettering Marquez’s points haul.

For much of the rest of the race that’s the way it stayed, with Zarco a fraction ahead, then Marquez and Pedrosa, followed by Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) and team-mate Dovizioso.

By the closing stages Marquez knew that Dovizioso didn’t have the pace to win, so he decided to do what he always wants to do: go for victory. He swept past Zarco, but then lost the front as he rode into the high-speed first corner. The bike fell onto his knee at speed – which would’ve meant a crash for anyone else – but Marquez saved the crash in his own inimitable style, ran into the dirt and then regained the track. When both Ducati riders fell he was promoted back into third place, allowing him to celebrate this amazing title from the podium, in front of his adoring fans. It was another astonishing performance from the man who scored six victories and six further podiums this year.

Pedrosa rode a beautifully judged race, riding behind Marquez until his younger team-mate ran off the track. In the final laps the 32-year-old closed on Zarco, then took the lead as the pair attacked turn one for the 30th and last time. He rode an inch-perfect final lap to take the chequered flag 0.337 seconds ahead of Zarco.

Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V) had an excellent ride to seventh, completing an impressive run of results at the three races since he returned from a broken leg: seventh in Australia, eighth in Malaysia and seventh here.

The young Australian just held Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda RC213V) at bay, the pair crossing the line separated by less than two tenths of a second. Crutchlow had had a difficult two days of practice and qualifying but bounced back with typical grit to finish the race in eighth place, a stirring result considering that he had started from 16th on the grid. Crutchlow was 14th after the first lap, then steadily moved forward as he passed some rivals and took advantage of other’s mistakes.

Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V) was also a happy man, the Spaniard scoring his first top-ten result of the year in tenth place, behind factory test rider Michele Pirro (Ducati) and ahead of Bradley Smith (KTM).

Preparations for MotoGP 2018 begin here on Tuesday, with Moto2 and Moto2 starting their offseason tests at Jerez on Wednesday.

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

3rd

“I’m living a dream. ‘six titles’ are big words. The truth is that I’m incredibly happy because we worked so much this year, and today the race was incredibly tense and exciting – a bit ‘Marquez Style.’ I made a mistake, but I also made my best save of the year. From that moment on, I just tried to finish the race in a good position. I’m sorry that Andrea didn’t finish the race, as he deserved to do so. He had an incredible season and I would have liked to have him on the podium with me today. The key to the year has been our mentality. In our world it’s very important to remain positive and motivated during the difficult moments. Some things happened to us at the beginning of the season but when we found the way to sort things out, everything went better. Congratulations to Honda and the entire team for the triple crown. It’s an amazing achievement. Winning the title at the last race of the season in front of our fans is one of the best things possible, really special. Now I want to enjoy this with my entire team and my family, and after that we’ll start to work for next year.”

Repsol Honda Team
Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa 26

1st

“Obviously I’m very, very happy because a win is a win, and this was a very tough and hard-fought one. Today we had a chance because we got a good start and the set-up was working well, so we took it. The track wasn’t easy as front grip wasn’t perfect, and in fact we saw a lot of crashes in the race. I was just behind Marc when he made that save and it was incredible. The smoke, the noise, the speed – wow, impressive! I realized that the track had a limit, maybe because the rear had more grip, which pushed the front. Anyway, I tried to manage the front grip, but then in the last three laps I gave it everything to pass Johann. He was so good into the corners but finally I passed him on the last lap. I’m so happy to have won in front of my crowd, and I would like to dedicate this victory to my family, friends, fans, and the team. This was a fantastic day for all of us, as Marc clinched the rider title and we secured the constructor and team titles. I also move up one place in the championship, and that’s great as well.”

Repsol Honda Team
Jack Miller

Jack Miller 43

7th

“It was a great race for me and perhaps could have been better because I lost a lot of time in the final two laps. I had to give up the fight with Valentino [Rossi] because I had a couple of front-end moments with my front tyre grip going down towards the end. I felt I could have fought with Rossi and Iannone right to the end otherwise. It has been a good finish to the season with three top tens including two seventh places so no better way to end my time with this great team.”

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Cal Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow 35

8th

“I started the race way too far back, it’s as simple as that. I think we have to be happy with a solid result, considering that we made the top ten after starting 16th, especially at a track like this where it’s so difficult to overtake. I made some good passes and really pushed in the last ten laps. I think if I hadn’t started so far back I could’ve been in the group with [Alex] Rins. We’ve had some great races this year – quite a few fourths, a podium and a few non-finishes. Overall we’re happy enough with this season and so we have to go into next year feeling positive. We’ve got a few things to test on Tuesday and we’ve got to start getting some info for next year.”

LCR Honda
Tito Rabat

Tito Rabat 53

10th

“I am really happy to leave this magnificent team with a tenth place in Valencia. I have had a great time here both in Moto2 and MotoGP. The early laps were difficult but I never gave up and it is very satisfying to be in the top ten as I prepare for a new challenge in my career.”

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Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana

Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

MotoGP 2017, Round 18

Sunday 12 Nov 2017, 13:54 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Dani Pedrosa 26 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 46'08.125
2 Johann Zarco 5 FRA 20 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +0.337
3 Marc Marquez 93 SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda +10.861
4 Alex Rins 42 SPA 13 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +13.567
5 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA 11 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +13.817
6 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA 10 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +14.516
7 Jack Miller 43 AUS 9 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +17.087
8 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR 8 LCR Honda Honda +17.230
9 Michele Pirro 51 ITA 7 Ducati Team Ducati +25.942
10 Tito Rabat 53 SPA 6 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +27.020
11 Bradley Smith 38 GBR 5 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +30.835
12 Maverick Viñales 25 SPA 4 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +35.012
13 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA 3 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati +38.076
14 Karel Abraham 17 CZE 2 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati +41.988
15 Hector Barbera 8 SPA 1 Avintia Racing Ducati +47.703
16 Loris Baz 76 FRA 0 Avintia Racing Ducati +47.709
17 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +52.134
NC Pol Espargaro 44 SPA 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM DNF
NC Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA 0 Ducati Team Ducati DNF
NC Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA 0 Ducati Team Ducati DNF
NC Sam Lowes 22 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia DNF
NC Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA 0 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati DNF
NC Scott Redding 45 GBR 0 Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati DNF
NC Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia DNF
NC Mika Kallio 36 FIN 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM DNF
Saturday 11 Nov 2017, 18:49 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'29.897
2 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +1'30.246
3 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1'30.399
4 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati +1'30.460
5 Dani Pedrosa 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1'30.589
6 Michele Pirro 51 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1'30.764
7 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +1'30.848
8 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1'30.857
9 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1'30.961
10 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1'30.972
11 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1'31.044
12 Jack Miller 43 AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +1'31.190
13 Maverick Viñales 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +1'31.030
14 Tito Rabat 53 SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +1'31.197
15 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati +1'31.216
16 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +1'31.297
17 Bradley Smith 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1'31.300
18 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati +1'31.325
19 Mika Kallio 36 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1'31.361
20 Hector Barbera 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati +1'31.487
21 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati +1'31.578
22 Scott Redding 45 GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati +1'31.625
23 Loris Baz 76 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati +1'31.775
24 Sam Lowes 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1'31.816
25 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +1'32.504
Rider Standings
Sunday, 12 Nov 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 298 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 261 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Maverick VIñALES 25 SPA 230 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
4 Dani PEDROSA 26 SPA 210 Repsol Honda Team Honda
5 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 208 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
6 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 174 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
7 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 137 Ducati Team Ducati
8 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 124 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati
9 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 112 LCR Honda Honda
10 Jonas FOLGER 94 GER 84 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
11 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 82 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
12 Alvaro BAUTISTA 19 SPA 75 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati
13 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 71 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
14 Scott REDDING 45 GBR 64 Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati
15 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 62 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
16 Alex RINS 42 SPA 59 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
17 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 53 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
18 Loris BAZ 76 FRA 45 Avintia Racing Ducati
19 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 35 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
20 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 32 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati
21 Bradley SMITH 38 GBR 30 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
22 Hector BARBERA 8 SPA 28 Avintia Racing Ducati
23 Michele PIRRO 51 ITA 25 Ducati Team Ducati
24 Mika KALLIO 36 FIN 11 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
25 Sam LOWES 22 GBR 5 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
26 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA 21 JPN 4 Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
27 Sylvain GUINTOLI 05 FRA 1 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki