Double MotoGP champion Marc Marquez crowned his season in vintage style by claiming the overall Superprestigio Dirt Track title after winning a tight battle with Jared Mees and Kenny Noyes.

Not content with his record-breaking MotoGP escapades in 2014, Marquez won all but one heat on his way to the coveted crown, which he narrowly missed out in January.

It was the battle many had anticipated after inaugural winner Brad Baker was forced to withdraw on Saturday afternoon due to a nasty qualifying spill. While American Flat Track champion Mees reached the Superfinal having dominated the 'Open' category, Marquez won three out of the four finals in his 'Superprestigio' class.

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A clash between the pair was inevitable but it was so nearly over just seconds after the race had started. Supermoto world champion Thomas Chareyre fell after getting shunted at turn one, forcing both Marquez and Mees wide (see below).

The incident allowed Noyes to pull clear to hold an early lead ahead of Gerard Bailo, but when Marquez and Mees passed the Spaniard in tandem on lap four, the writing was on the wall for Noyes at the front.

Three laps later Marquez had barged Noyes wide at turn one with an on-the-limit move reminiscent of so many of his MotoGP passes. Noyes was powerless to counter. As had happened before, the opportunistic Mees followed the MotoGP champion through.

From there Mees had five laps to reel Marquez in. Starting the final lap, the 21-year old held a 0.3s lead and despite the 2014 National flat track champion's efforts through turns three and four Marquez held on to claim his first official dirt track crown.
Finishing outside of the podium places were Gerard Bailo, Dani Ribalta, Oliver Brindley, Bradley Smith and Chareyre.

Marquez and Smith - third behind Marquez and Noyes in the Superprestigio class standings - were the only grand prix riders to make the Superfinal, which combined the top four riders from each class, meaning the likes of Esteve Rabat, Alex Marquez, Scott Redding (who withdrew after trying to ride with a chest injury) and Troy Bayliss didn't make the cut.

Marquez later said he did a test on the dirt with his MotoGP technicians prior to the event - and also received a call from Honda this morning saying they would be watching him!