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Marc Márquez crowned MotoGP world champion with four races still left to go

Marc Márquez celebrates his eighth title with a giant snooker pool.
Marc Márquez celebrates his eighth title with a giant snooker pool. / EFE
  • The 26-year-old clinched his eighth world title with victory at the Thailand Grand Prix on Sunday

Spanish rider Marc Márquez clinched his eighth world title - six in the MotoGP - with victory at the Thailand Grand Prix on Sunday.

Márquez, 26, only needed to finish two points ahead of his closest rival, Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso, in order to win the championship with four races still to go.

The Catalan won the race in Buriramin dramatic style, taking to the circuit after being hospitalised after a crash in practice and clinching victory on the final corner, pipping Fabio Quartararo by 0.171 seconds. Dovisioso finished fourth.

The new champion celebrated his fourth title in a row in theatrical style. He was handed a cue and proceeded to pocket an eight ball, symbolising his eighth title.

On his return to the Repsol headquarters in Madrid, Márquez insisted he would not be resting on his laurels: "I like to live in the present, not the past. We have eight now so next year we must go for the ninth."