Repsol Honda Team's Spanish rider Marc Marquez (C) celebrates his victory with members of his team after the MotoGP race at the Japanese Grand Prix in the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi on October 16, 2016. / AFP / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA
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Marc Marquez grabbed his third world championship by winning the Japan Grand Prix Sunday with rivals Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo crashing out in a stunning surprise."Obviously, amazing ... amazing feeling," Marquez said immediately after his victory with a big smile, his face flushed with excitement.He knew he had a chance to claim the trophy but securing it would require Yamaha duo Rossi and Lorenzo to perform uncharacteristically slowly, so Marquez focused on expanding his 52-point lead against Rossi. With 19 laps to go, Rossi also passed Lorenzo to pursue Marquez. But in the following lap, the Italian slipped on the tarmac at a hairpin bend on turn 10 for reasons that even the nine-time world champion could not himself immediately identify.He got up on his own only to withdraw from the race, sending Lorenzo to chase Marquez who was already flying solo.
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