Marc Marquez wins MotoGP title, Dovizioso crashes, Pedrosa wins race

Marc Marquez sealed his fourth MotoGP title with after finishing third in the season finale at Valencia won by Dani Pedrosa, as Andrea Dovizioso's championship hopes ended with a late crash

Marc Marquez wins MotoGP title, Dovizioso crashes, Pedrosa wins race

Dovizioso needed to win the race and hope polesitter Marquez couldn't finish inside the top 11, and the Italian made quick progress from ninth on the grid to settle into fifth behind Ducati team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.

Marquez led the opening laps, but looked over his shoulder as he allowed Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco ahead at Turn 6 on the fourth lap, and settled into a rhythm behind the Frenchman.

Zarco headed a five-strong lead group comprising himself, Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Lorenzo and Dovizioso, who put increasing pressure on his team-mate in the fight for fourth.

Lorenzo however wouldn't move over for the Italian, and was eventually given the coded instruction 'Suggested Mapping 8' for the second race in a row after 13 laps.

The Spaniard still didn't heed the instruction and was eventually shown a pitboard with an arrow clearly telling him to drop one position after several more laps of running ahead of Dovizioso.

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.

Marquez was soon back on the attack, passing on lap 23, but he almost blew what looked to be a safe title as he misjudged his braking into Turn 1 on the following lap and ran wide into the gravel.

Keeping his works Honda upright, he managed to rejoin in fifth, behind Zarco, Pedrosa, Lorenzo and Dovizioso.

After Dovizioso started to drop back, Lorenzo then crashed out at Turn 4 with six laps remaining, before Ducati's hopes of a first title in a decade crumbled as Dovizioso fell at Turn 8 on the same tour.

That promoted Marquez to third, which was enough to beat Dovizioso to the title by 36 points.

Meanwhile, Zarco came under increasing threat from Pedrosa in the closing laps, and eventually succumbed to the works Honda rider at the start of the final lap.

Behind Marquez, Alex Rins took a career-best fourth for Suzuki, and Valentino Rossi was fifth on the best of the works Yamahas.

Front-row starter Andrea Iannone slumped to sixth at the finish, ahead of satellite Honda duo Jack Miller and Cal Crutchlow. Ducati tester Michele Pirro and Tito Rabat completed the top 10.

Erstwhile title contender Maverick Vinales endured a wretched final race of the year, finishing 12th behind the lead KTM of Bradley Smith.

Satellite Ducati riders Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding both crashed out early on, along with Aleix Espargaro's Aprilia and the wildcard KTM of Mika Kallio.

Sam Lowes was also a late crasher in his final MotoGP outing for Aprilia, while pitlane starter Pol Espargaro was the eighth and final rider to fall.

Race result

Pos Rider Team Laps Gap
1 Dani Pedrosa Honda 30 46m08.125s
2 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 30 0.337s
3 Marc Marquez Honda 30 10.861s
4 Alex Rins Suzuki 30 13.567s
5 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 30 13.817s
6 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 30 14.516s
7 Jack Miller MVDS Honda 30 17.087s
8 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 30 17.230s
9 Michele Pirro Ducati 30 25.942s
10 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda 30 27.020s
11 Bradley Smith KTM 30 30.835s
12 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 30 35.012s
13 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 30 38.076s
14 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 30 41.988s
15 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 30 47.703s
16 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 30 47.709s
17 Michael van der Mark Tech3 Yamaha 30 52.134s
- Pol Espargaro KTM 25 Retirement
- Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 25 Retirement
- Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 24 Retirement
- Sam Lowes Aprilia 22 Retirement
- Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 14 Retirement
- Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 4 Retirement
- Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 3 Retirement
- Mika Kallio KTM 2 Retirement

Riders' standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Marc Marquez 298
2 Andrea Dovizioso 261
3 Maverick Vinales 230
4 Dani Pedrosa 210
5 Valentino Rossi 208
6 Johann Zarco 174
7 Jorge Lorenzo 137
8 Danilo Petrucci 124
9 Cal Crutchlow 112
10 Jonas Folger 84
11 Jack Miller 82
12 Alvaro Bautista 75
13 Andrea Iannone 70
14 Scott Redding 64
15 Aleix Espargaro 62
16 Alex Rins 59
17 Pol Espargaro 55
18 Loris Baz 45
19 Tito Rabat 35
20 Karel Abraham 32
21 Bradley Smith 29
22 Hector Barbera 28
23 Michele Pirro 25
24 Mika Kallio 11
25 Sam Lowes 5
26 Katsuyuki Nakasuga 4
27 Sylvain Guintoli 1
28 Michael van der Mark 0
29 Takuya Tsuda 0
30 Hiroshi Aoyama 0
31 Broc Parkes 0


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