Márquez claims title as Pedrosa wins finale

Márquez claims title as Pedrosa wins finale

12 November 2017 – Marc Márquez clinched his fourth MotoGP title, his sixth championship overall, taking third via a wild crash-saving monent, as sole rival Andrea Dovizioso fell during the closing stages at Valencia.

In a tense race at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Márquez came home in third position, as team-mate Dani Pedrosa beat Johann Zarco to victory, while Dovizioso crashed out as he tried to keep his slender hopes alive.

Dovizioso needed to win, with Márquez lower than 11th, to stand a chance of winning the title, but held fifth, behind Lorenzo, with Zarco leading Márquez and Pedrosa.

Márquez had led away from pole position, with Pedrosa slotting into second place, but both were overhauled by the charging Zarco, with Márquez moving aside on the run to Turn 6, rather than risking a fight.

Dovizioso, meanwhile, moved up from ninth to fifth, behind Lorenzo, as the leading quintet broke away from the remainder of the pack.

Ducati issued several 'Mapping 8' messages to Lorenzo, a repeat of his Sepang instruction, and a '-1', indicating for him to drop a position, on his pit board, but he did not move aside, much to Ducati's frustration.

Márquez seized the initiative from Zarco with eight laps to go into the final corner, but as he began his next lap, he suffered a wild moment into Turn 1.

Márquez somehow kept hold of his Honda RC213V and stayed upright as he skated through the gravel, and returned to the circuit in fifth place.



Moments later Lorenzo crashed out through Turn 5, promoting Dovizioso to third, albeit a few lengths behind the Zarco/Pedrosa lead scrap.

However, Dovizioso soon went wide at Turn 8 and slid into the gravel, before dropping his Ducati, ending his title hopes, and confirming Márquez's coronation.

Dovizioso was able to return to the pit lane, where he was given a standing ovation by his pit crew.



Márquez's mistake, and the exit of the Ducati riders, set up a fierce fight between Zarco and Pedrosa for victory, with the Repsol Honda man making his move on the final lap.

Pedrosa ultimately kept Zarco at bay to cap his season with victory, while Márquez moved up to third in the wake of the Ducati pair crashing, sealing his title with a podium.

Suzuki's Álex Rins claimed a career-best fourth as he beat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi to the flag by three-tenths of a second, as Andrea Iannone followed behind in sixth.

Marc VDS' Jack Miller was seventh, ahead of LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow, while tester Michele Pirro was the only factory Ducati rider to reach the chequered flag, beating Tito Rabat to ninth spot.

Bradley Smith took 11th position for KTM, while Maverick Viñales capped a miserable weekend in 12th place, 35 seconds behind victor Pedrosa, as the winner of the opening two races concluded his season in dismal fashion.

Pramac's Danilo Petrucci took 13th place, as Karel Abraham and Héctor Barberá rounded out the points-paying positions, the latter edging team-mate Loris Baz to the line by just 0.006s.

Michael van der Mark was the final classified finisher as he took 17th position.

Pol Espargaró dropped out of contention at the same time as Dovizioso, while Sam Lowes, Scott Redding, Aleix Espargaró, Mika Kallio and Álvaro Bautista (twice) all crashed out.

Championship standings:

1. Marc Márquez - 298 points
2. Andrea Dovizioso - 261 points
3. Maverick Viñales - 230 points

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