Rivals salute Marc Marquez after historic MotoGP world title
Marc Marquez's rivals have saluted the young Spaniard after he became the youngest man to win the MotoGP world title.
Last Updated: 11/11/13 6:24pm
The 20-year-old finished third in Sunday's Valencia Grand Prix, enough to make the Repsol Honda rider the youngest man ever to win the top class title and the first rookie to do so since Kenny Roberts back in 1978.
Just 24 hours after he wrapped up the title, his rivals began testing for the 2014 season but they took the time to pay homage to his achievement.
Seven-time champion Valentino Rossi told autosport: "All this year Marc did something unbelievable, something special.
"It's something people will remember for the history of MotoGP because he won the championship as a rookie. He did a great, great job."
Jorge Lorenzo, who lost the title to Marquez, says the youngster has very few weaknesses in his armoury.
"His strongest point is either his talent or his ambition," said the 2010 and 2012 champion. "He always wants to be in front, so you can't relax.
"He has not so many weak points - they are very small, you can't say they are weak points."
For his own part Marquez admitted his success had yet to sink in.
"I'm in a dream, I hope soon I will start to realise (what I've achieved)," he said. "I'm so proud. It's a dream that came true maybe too early - I didn't expect it this season.
"The season was quite interesting. In many circuits, nearly every race, I had some moments.
"But we learned, and the second half of the season there were still a few crashes, but a little bit less.
"I learned many things about all the riders, especially in the first part of the season, and we've had a couple of bad moments this season. But I'm in the dream, I'm enjoying the moment."