Marc Marquez says he would much rather win the MotoGP world championship the hard way after retaining the premier class title at Valencia in Spain on Sunday.

The Repsol Honda, who has now won the MotoGP crown four times in five years, was forced to slog it out with Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso this year, but Marquez wouldn’t have it any other way.

“In 2013 I won the championship but the races, you know… a bad day was fourth position,” he said.

“In the end it is not a real championship – a real championship is like we have today, with four or five riders fighting for the victory. If you have a small mistake or a bad day, you can finish 10th place easy.

“The show that we have now changes, with the electronics, but since Michelin arrive one of the good things is that we have three front tyres and three rear tyres, so each manufacturer can choose the best one for their bike. It makes everything much more equal and I think for the fans it is much more exciting and I love it.”

The 24-year-old had to overcome adversity on his way to his fourth world title after struggling during the first part of the season. He was 37 points behind Maverick Vinales after Mugello, leaving Marquez with no option other than to ‘attack’.

“The main difference is that last year we started the season so good and the opponents did some mistakes. We got a big advantage and we just tried to manage that advantage. This season, after the summer break, there were five riders [separated by] 28 points,” Marquez said.

“It was time to attack but the problem was that Dovi was so fast and so constant. If I was second, he was winning; if I was winning, he was second, so always we were there. We were able to open some advantage in Brno but then we lost at Silverstone.

“But we reacted so good from those problems and we finished all the races on the podium, except Malaysia. It was very tight and I was all-in – you saw that last lap of Austria, last lap of Motegi – I was just trying.”

Looking back over the season, Marquez identified two big victories as key to his championship challenge as he won the final race before the summer break and triumphed again when the second half of the season resumed.

“I believe [best wins] it was Germany and Brno because one was before the summer break and the other was after. It’s important to go into the summer break in a good way and also to start in a good way because then you get good emotions, good feelings,” he said.

“You are there fighting for the championship and in a few circuits that are not good for your riding style, you are able to improve or to help solve these problems.”

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