Marquez claims MotoGP title

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Honda's Marc Marquez started from sixth on the grid at Motegi but quickly knifed through the field to take the win (AFP Photo/Martin BUREAU)

MOTEGI, Japan — Honda’s Marc Marquez stormed to victory in a nail-biting Japan race Sunday to capture his third straight MotoGP world title.

The Spaniard has now won five championships in motorcycling’s premier class, putting him level with Australian legend Mick Doohan.

Marquez started from sixth on the grid at Motegi but quickly knifed through the field before passing Ducati rival Andrea Dovizioso with a daredevil move on lap 21 of 24.

The Italian, who needed to complete a pole to flag victory to keep alive his fading championship hopes, subsequently crashed out on the penultimate lap in a desperate last push, ending this year’s title race.

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