Marc Marquez, who became MotoGP's youngest ever world champion last season, has been awarded the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award at a ceremony in Malaysia.

Just 20-years-old at the time of his title victory, Marquez was also the first rookie to win the 500cc/MotoGP World Championship since 1978.

Such feats have not gone unnoticed outside the world of motor racing and, in the final vote, the young Spaniard outperformed the Afghan cricket team, German pole vaulter Raphael Holzdeppe, Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana, British golfer Justin Rose and Australian golfer Adam Scott.

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Marquez received the award from five times world champion Mick Doohan, who also raced in Repsol Honda colours, commenting, "It's very difficult to explain how I feel, this is one of the most important awards I've received".

Marquez then devoted a few words of encouragement and support to the families of flight MH370, which had departed from the nearby Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

F1 champion Sebastian Vettel was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.