The MotoGP World Championship concluded last weekend with the Valencian Grand Prix, and with a new title winner in Marc Marquez. His neighbors in Cervera, Lleida, took to the streets to celebrate upon the champion’s return, decorating the town with the name and number of the Repsol rider to provide a hero’s welcome.
As they did in 2010 for Marquez’ winning the 125 World Championship and last year for the star’s Moto2 title triumph, fans banded together to make the homecoming an event to remember. Marquez –who debuted in Grand Prix racing with Repsol backing in 2008– was accompanied by his brother –and Moto3 Rookie of the Year– Alex at a press conference, before being paraded through the streets of Cervera in an open-top car.
The tour of the town concluded on a stage, where the Marquez brothers addressed their fans. Following a season full of success, in which he claimed the MotoGP World Championship title in his rookie year, Marc Marquez thanked his team, sponsors and especially his fans, for their unconditional support throughout an historic campaign.
“I’m very happy to be celebrating the title here, in my home town, with all of these fans who have come out despite the rain and snow,” said Marquez. “It is really beautiful and an honour for a rider to receive this level of affection from the fans. A day like this is enjoyable for everyone; a title like this one should be celebrated well, because it is hard to achieve and it belongs to the people here in a small way too. I am very grateful for their support and I see more and more people with flags or the number 93 shirt at every race; it is something that really excites me. I also want to thank the team, who couldn’t miss this party and who are the ones who made a season like this year’s possible.”Marc Marquez, Moto2, Moto3, MotoGP