Marc Marquez adapted a different strategy at the Japanese MotoGP to ensure he clinched the title in Honda's backyard, focusing only on finishing ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi.

The Repsol Honda rider arrived at Motegi on the back of two difficult rounds at Misano and Aragon, where he claimed only four points.

Marquez admitted he was 'scared' at the beginning of the race but he soon settled into his rhythm and achieved his aim of beating Rossi to finish second behind Jorge Lorenzo, wrapping up his second MotoGP title with three rounds still to go.

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"Today is like a dream and my target was to finish in front of Valentino and Dani," Marquez said: "In the beginning of the race I was not like always; I was not aggressive and at the first corner I lost a lot of places because I was scared. But I think it is normal because I am human too and I feel the pressure.

"In the beginning I was really stiff but then I started to understand the race more. I forgot Jorge and was just focused on Valentino, I tried to overtake him to win the world championship.

"Maybe at the beginning of the race I needed to push more and try to follow Jorge, but that was not my target today," he added.

"Today was difficult because it was the first chance to win the title and especially because we are coming from Misano and Aragon where I made two mistakes. I know that another mistake here would not be the end of the world, but it would be not so good for the confidence."

It was a day of double celebration for the Marquez family, with Alex taking victory in the Moto3 race to the delight of his older brother.

"I was so nervous with his race and when I saw his victory I was really happy, but later I was focused a lot, especially in the warm-up," said Marquez.

"The race was more difficult because the pressure was there but in the end we got it. I want to dedicate this title to all the people who have helped me - they know who they are - and especially to my family and the team, who are the foundation for all of this."