Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez of Spain poses on the podium after he finishes second place at the Japanese Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi, north of Tokyo October 12, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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Marc Marquez retained his MotoGP title with a fighting second place finish in the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday, the dominant Spaniard securing a fourth global title in five years at his Honda team's home Motegi circuit.By claiming 20 points for a second-place finish, the 21-year-old stretched his championship lead over Italian Valentino Rossi of Yamaha and his team mate and compatriot Dani Pedrosa to an unassailable 82 points with three races remaining.Yamaha's double former world champion Jorge Lorenzo claimed victory on the day 1.638 seconds ahead of Marquez, who overtook Rossi with eight laps remaining and held off the Italian to secure the title.Rossi tried a late assault to stay in the championship hunt but Marquez was too quick.
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