Record Breakers, World Champions Marc Marquez and Tito Rabat starred in the Tissot Pole of Poles Presentations during the FIM Awards Ceremony in Valencia on Sunday evening. Both Marquez and Rabat secured more podiums than any other rider in the 66 year history of the sport on their way to clinching their respective MotoGP and Moto2 World titles. It was a very different story in the Moto3 Championship which had only been decided just a few hours earlier. Runner-up Jack Miller took eight poles which was five more than World Champion Alex Marquez, younger brother of Marc.
In the glittering awards ceremony at the Palacio de Congresos, Tissot President Francois Thiebaud, presented 21 year old MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez with the Tissot PRS516 Pole of Poles watch to celebrate his record breaking 13 poles positions in the 18 MotoGP grands prix this season.
No other rider in the championship secured more than one pole but there were some notable landmarks. Valentino Rossi took his 60th pole and his first for four and a half years at the final round in Valencia. Aleix Espargaro secured his very first pole in difficult conditions at Assen in Holland while Andrea Dovizioso brought Ducati some long awaited success at Motegi in Japan.
Rabat received his Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar Pole of Poles watch after a record breaking 11 poles including four in the last four Moto2 grands prix. His team-mate Mika Kallio, who finished second in the championship, took three poles with Maverick Vinales, Dominque Aegerter, Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger grabbing one apiece.
Australian KTM rider Jack Miller may have lost out in the final Moto3 showdown for the title with Alex Marquez but he certainly won the pole position battle. The 19 year old received his Tissot T-Touch 11 Pole of Poles watch after taking eight pole positions after some frantic qualifying sessions. Marquez only took three which was one less than his team-mate Alex Rins. Efren Vazquez and Danny Kent took one apiece with Italian teenager Niccolo Antonelli securing his very first pole at the final round in Valencia.