Valencia Moto GP: Marc Marquez wins fourth title

Aubrey Yates
November 12, 2017

Moto GP World Champion, Spain's rider Marc Marquez of the Repsol Honda Team steers his motorcycle at the MotoGP race during the Valencia Motorcycle Grand Prix, the last race of the season, at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Cheste near Valencia, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. "It will be a special race in front of my fans at a circuit I like. We will see - 21 points is a lot and it is very hard, but it is open, so we have to be focused on our side and we can only win the race". "But in motorsport, anything can happen".

Those hopes were immediately dented from qualifying, with Marquez on pole and Dovizioso down in ninth, but by the end of the first lap the Italian had worked his way up to sixth and was soon enough past the Suzuki of Andrea Iannone for fifth.

It's been an extremely interesting season this year and we certainly hope Marquez and Dovizioso bring it down to the last lap. Since his debut in MotoGP in 2008, Dovizioso had only won two races before this campaign.

"I don't feel a lot of pressure because I am so happy about this season and I know very well what we did and I know the positive and negative things about our bike, so I am so happy about the results we did until now".

"I wouldn't have believed I'd be in this situation", Dovizioso said.

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It wasn't until the 20th lap of a tense 30-lap encounter that the order changed, as Marquez briefly passed Zarco, only to be overtaken straight back in turn.

"We will see. Twenty-one points is a lot and very hard, but it's still open", Dovizioso said.

Marquez tops the MotoGP World Standings with 129 points, just five points above of Maverick Viñales (Yamaha), ahead of the season finale at Valencia.

Marquez held a 21-point advantage over Dovizioso in the title race, and only needed to finish inside the top 11 if the Ducati rider were to win the race. "It's not the first time I've fought for the championship here and it's hard but I'll try to manage it the best I can". "In the race I tried to be calm and control the situation".

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