Sure, he didn’t win the Valencia Grand Prix on Sunday… But Marc Márquez still has plenty of reason to celebrate.
The 20-year-old Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer has become the youngest MotoGP champion.
Márquez’s third-place finish at the season-ending event in Valencia, Spain secured him the 2013 world title in his rookie year.
Jorge Lorenzo won the race but Márquez only needed to finish in the top four to become the first to win the world title in his debut season in 35 years.
Dani Pedrosa was second, but only Lorenzo could deny Márquez.
“This is a dream that comes true,” he said. “I cannot explain what I feel.”
The win for Márquez sparked wild celebrations throughout the 104,000-strong crowd as the phenom wrote his name into the history books.
“I didn’t expect to fight for the championship [this season],” Márquez told BBC Sport. “Jorge Lorenzo did a great job but thanks to my team.”
Lorenzo said: “Marquez has been a deserving champion, today is his day.”