Jorge Lorenzo has one more chance to head into the winter break as a Ducati MotoGP race winner, at this weekend's Valencia season finale.

The triple MotoGP champion was just 0.743s from team-mate and race winner Andrea Dovizioso last time at Sepang, although it is likely Lorenzo would have been forced to yield the lead - even without his late mistake - to keep Ducati's title chances alive.

Team orders are sure to be an option again at Valencia, where Dovizioso must win to stand any chance of snatching the crown from Honda's Marc Marquez.

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However if Dovizioso is not in victory contention by the closing stages of the race, or if Marquez is comfortably on target for the top eleven finish he needs, it would be pointless to ask the likes of Lorenzo or Danilo Petrucci to assist.

Lorenzo has an excellent record at Valencia, including winning last year's race from pole on his Yamaha farewell.

“We have already arrived at the final race of the season, as always here at Valencia, a circuit where I have great memories and where I’ve scored some excellent results in the past, but it’s also a track which has not always been favourable for our bike," Lorenzo said.

"It’s a small track with very tight corners, but the world championship is still open for Andrea and nothing is impossible in this last race. It’ll be a great season finale and I’ll give my all as always, to finish my first year in Ducati with the best possible result.”

The Spaniard has taken three podiums for Ducati this season and looks set to finish seventh in the world championship, barring a major problem for Tech 3's Johann Zarco.

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I'm affraid it will be mapping 8 for all Ducatis, so he'll need to wait till next year for his first Ducati win. He's shown some improvement in the second half, could have won maybe in Sepang in the rain. It will be interesting next year to see how he and Dovi do.

Lorenzo didn't even see the signal, I still think Dovi would of won regardless, but Lorenzo had good pace. Dovi was still faster and was Riding under his limit because Dovi did have a championship to think about. In my opinion.Ducati are definitely heading for another title, I mean this Ducati works and has two different riders winning, Iannone and Dovi and the Satellite bikes are also very competitive.

Next season will be an epic battle with some serious new competition, just hope there is fair play towards the Rookies.

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the only way clause 8 wil be used if Lorenzo is winning Dovi and Marquez is outside of the top 11. Lorenzo has a good record here and all season he's learned how to ride the Duc, I'm sure Lorenzo will be looking to do well in the race to kickstart his 2018 campain

 

Yes, the scenarios where Lorenzo could do anything to help Dovi are very few. But,  how does he approach the race though, does he push from the start and tries open a gap like is his style,  or does he hang around waiting to see what is going on with Dovi and Márquez? 

Its a good chance for Lorenzo!  If Marquez is anywhere close to the front...Jorge can just go for it.  Oh well, lets hope for a great end of season race.

Honda will adapt the 2013 strategy. Dani would be riding hard and MM would cruise to victory. That’s what MM meant when he said no team order because if Dani wins or finishes ahead of Dovi, MM wins. JL should just concentrate on winning the race and for him to win, he needs to do his signature rocket starts, do fast laps, open up a decent gap and cruise to victory.

watch out for the fly in the ointment, and that is Rossi, Marquez needs to stay clear of him, Marquez is a threat to his GOAT title and he would rather see an italian win the title. repeat of Sepang maybe, or maybe use him as brakes like he did Stoner

Are you serious! Marquez is no more a threat to his goat title than I am!! Marquez's career is tarnished forever plus Rossi did on different motorcycles. If Rossi had stayed in Honda how many titles would he have?? You won't answer that I bet!! If stoner had moved to Repsol Honda in 2007 how many titles would he have? 

Marquez has it all his own way at the moment, weak ass teammate and best bike on the grid. Enough said.

Marquez is 24 and already on the edge of 6 titles... 

Effectively if he continues domination he could have 10 before he's 30.... and he'd be the GOAT outright.

Also last year and this year the Honda has been weaker than the Yamaha in terms of power and stability... yet the Yamaha's crumbled last year under pressure. Quit being a pussy and give the lad some credit you bitter horrible pathetic person.

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