Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Marc Marquez wins fourth MotoGP World Championship

Marc Marquez wins fourth MotoGP World Championship

Marc Marquez sealed his fourth MotoGP world title on Sunday after finishing third in Valencia on Sunday.

Splitting the two factory Ducati riders on the grid are Dani Pedrosa (Honda), Ducati tester Michele Pirro, top factory Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia), another late crasher.

"But suddenly I say OK now it is time to push' because I felt really good".

Marquez's only rival for the crown, Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso, was fourth-fastest ahead of a race he has to win to have any hope of stealing the title. Newly crowned six-time champion Marc Marquez admitted to making "stupid mistakes" - and after an unbelievable save, he had resigned himself to losing the championship until Andrea Dovizioso made a mistake of his own.

The action really kicked off in the 24th lap, with Marquez performing a maneuver to avoid falling, which created an opening for Ducati's riders to attack.

"To finish the race is the most important thing", Marquez said.

"We were over the limit the whole race so we both made mistakes", said Dovizioso.

Marquez denied himself the chance to improve when he lost the front end of his works Honda at the Turn 4 right-hander at the start of his second run with just over two minutes remaining.

Dovizioso languished down in 12th at the halfway mark and though he improved to ninth by the end of the session, he was still 1.064s off the pace.

The same message he'd seen in Malaysia, widely thought to mean "Let Dovi past", would appear on his screen four times before the team resorted to telling him to drop one position on his pit board. Meanwhile, his teammate Pedrosa took the race lead at the start of the final lap and won the race.

Ultimately, though, the Spaniard came out on top on home soil to deny Zarco his first MotoGP win and round off a flawless day for the Honda pair.

However, Dovizioso said he was happy for Lorenzo to lead him during the race, and said he wouldn't have been fast enough to catch the leaders even if the Spaniard had moved over.

"Johann was very strong all the race and it was very hard because he was going into the corner very fast".

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