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FIM Gala toasts 2016 champions

Annual prize-giving gala celebrates motorcycling's best of 2016.
MotoGP champion Marc Marquez joined his fellow 2016 FIM champions for a Gala ceremony in Berlin.

The Repsol Honda rider picked up his fifth world championship medal after a season in which he regained the MotoGP title from Jorge Lorenzo. Countrymen Marquez and Lorenzo are now tied on three premier-class titles each.

"I made few mistakes in 2015 and when you learn from them, you manage problems in a different way," Marquez said. "Around me I have great people and a great team. The package this year was not the best one, but now we have the pre-season and a lot of work ahead - but the feeling is good!"

Also present was Moto2 world champion Johann Zarco, plus Moto3 title winner Brad Binder.

Zarco, the first rider to claim two Moto2 crowns and now moving to MotoGP, said: "Retaining the title was more difficult than clinching the first. All my rivals wanted to beat me. I'm pretty excited with MotoGP and the test has been good to understand better these kind of machines. MotoGP is a dream!"

South African Binder, declared: "It has been an awesome season. Great for me and my country as well. The victory in Jerez set the tone for the year and it showed how much more confident I was. Moto2 bikes are heavier..."

The South African ended his quote with a laugh as he waved his arm, now in a cast following a crash in testing.

Lorenzo Dalla Porta also picked up a medal for winning the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship this year, ahead of his full time debut in the Moto3 World Championship next season - taking the crown after a memorable final weekend at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana.

Amongst the many others present were WorldSBK Champion Jonathan Rea, who took his second title in World Superbike in 2016 - becoming the first rider to win back-to-back titles in the Championship this millennium.

Alongside Rea was WorldSSP legend Kenan Sofuoglu, who clinched his record fifth World Supersport crown in 2016.

Tagged as: FIM , Marquez , Binder , Zarco

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