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Remy Gardner has ridden into history, watched by his proud dad Wayne as he became the first Australian motorcycle racer to win a world title for 10 years by sealing the Moto2 championship at Valencia.
But Gardner had a nerve-wracking afternoon on Sunday before finally being able to celebrate following Wayne, who landed the premier 500cc title 34 years ago, into the elite Aussie world champions' club.
Gardner had to finish in the top 13 to guarantee his triumph but had an anxious afternoon as the race had to be restarted after a crash and he rode cautiously to stay out of trouble to finish 10th - his worst performance of the season.
But he made sure he had done just enough to hold off his Red Bull KTM Ajo teammate Raul Fernandez, the race winner, by just four points in the title race.
"I can't believe it. So many years of suffering, so many points in my career I just thought I'm not good enough, not going to make it, but I've made it happen, it's a dream come true," said the emotional Sydneysider after riding around the circuit in triumph holding the Australian flag.
"I just want to say thanks to everyone who believed in me back in the days when not many people did, and I still can't believe it's happened. No words, mate."
It had all been supposed to be a formality for Gardner to take the title as he began the final race of the season in an almost impregnable position, 23 points clear of the brilliant Fernandez, who had to win to have any chance.
Yet his anxiety was obvious when on the first lap, three riders went down and Gardner, starting from eighth on the grid, only narrowly avoided the mayhem, which caused the race to be red-flagged and restarted after oil was cleared from the track.
With the race reduced to 16 laps, Fernandez kept the pressure on by claiming the lead with four laps left but Gardner, who had slipped down to 11th place after seven laps, kept his nerve to become the first Australian world champ since Casey Stoner won the MotoGP title in 2011.
It was the perfect way to bow out of Moto2 riding for Gardner, who makes the step up to MotoGP next season, having signed with the Tech3 KTM factory racing team along with the 21-year-old Fernandez.
Gardner won five races and was also second six times in his stellar Moto2 season.
"This year's been the best season of my life," said Gardner.
"I never thought I could have a year with such great results and, together with the incredible team that I have, I have really enjoyed every moment."