Marc Marquez was not planning to give Jorge Lorenzo an easy road to the Valencia win but a late attack from Dani Pedrosa put paid to his plans.
Heading into the season finale many wondered whether the out-going Champion would play a role in the title decider.
And although a victory, which would have relegated Lorenzo to second, would not have changed the Championship order given that Valentino Rossi was down in fourth, Marquez never made his move.
He spent the first half of the race chasing down Lorenzo who made a flying start and the second half shadowing his compatriot.
Marquez closed right up on the Yamaha's rear wheel with five laps to go and had planned to launch a late attack.
But with Pedrosa catching up to the leading duo and then engaging Marquez in a brief battle for second, the move on Lorenzo never came.
He raced to the victory and the World title while Marquez finished second on the day and third in the standings.
"In the beginning Jorge pulled away strong and I was riding over the limit," he explained.
"I think on that last lap when Dani caught up I was having to try a lot.
"I was preparing to try to attack in the last two laps but when Dani overtook me we lost time.
"I tried to catch Jorge but it was a lot of risk so ok."
The season may have been completed minutes before but Marquez is already turning his focus to 2016 and the quest to regain the World title.
He added: "For sure, a second place is not the best way to finish the season. Next season we will again try to fight for the title."