As has become something of a tradition, Marc Marquez celebrated his latest MotoGP title with a victory party in his home town of Cervera.

After starting the day at the Town Hall, the Repsol Honda rider enjoyed a parade of Cervera, accompanied by his team, before addressing thousands of fans.

"I am very grateful to all the people who have come here today, once again, to celebrate in this great party," Marquez said.

"Before going to the Valencian Grand Prix, when I was cycling, I had already seen all the streets decked out with flags with my name on, and I began to feel butterflies in my stomach.

"I am very grateful, because these fans are not only there for me in the good times, they are also there in the bad times. It is an honour to receive these shows of affection and to be able to celebrate with all of the people here."

Marquez and team-mate Dani Pedrosa had been due to join Suzuki, Ducati, Aprilia and KTM teams in a private test at Jerez this week.

However a change of plan means they will not be back on their RC213Vs - and new 'big bang' engine - until the official Sepang test at the end of January.


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I have gone from not liking him to being a bit of a fan.