Marc Marquez has been crowned MotoGP world champion for a fourth time after finishing third in a drama-filled final race at Valencia in Spain.

Marquez is now the youngest ever rider to win four premier class titles and six world championships over all classes, during a period of only ten years.

The Repsol Honda rider’s team-mate, Dani Pedrosa, won a compelling race from sensational rookie Johann Zarco on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha, with Marquez’s only title threat – Andrea Dovizioso – failing to finish the race after crashing into the gravel at Turn 8 with six laps to go. The Italian’s Ducati team-mate, Jorge Lorenzo, also came off at Turn 5 on the same lap as he held third ahead of Dovizioso.

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Lorenzo sat in fourth place in front of Dovizioso for much of the race and ignored repeated messages to move over and allow his team-mate through, denying him the chance to exert some extra pressure from behind on Marquez.

Newly crowned champion Marquez saved a huge moment at Turn 1 when he ran in hot on the brakes after passing Zarco for the lead with eight laps remaining. He somehow avoiding falling but lost a lot of time as he negotiated his way out of the gravel, re-joining the race in fifth.

Two laps later, the race was over for Lorenzo and Dovizioso when they were involved in separate incidents as they attempted to force their way into contention for victory.

With Dovizioso out, Marquez had secured the title regardless of what unfolded and the 24-year-old brought his Honda home in a safe third.

A battle raged at the front between Zarco and Pedrosa, who was now unshackled after playing a brilliant supporting role behind Marquez for the majority of the race, acting as a buffer between his team-mate and Ducati pair Lorenzo and Dovizioso.

Zarco was determined to try and win his maiden race in his rookie season in the premier class, but Pedrosa had other ideas. The 32-year-old had attempted a pass five laps from the end at the final corner but ran wide, allowing Zarco back into the lead.

However, he lined up Zarco at the start of the final lap and made his move on the brakes into Turn 1, successfully defending his line and holding off the Yamaha rider into the all-important Turn 2.

Pedrosa managed to open a slight gap and denied Zarco the chance to hit back as he held on to clinch victory in the final race of the 2017 championship by three tenths of a second.

Marquez crossed the line ten seconds behind as he celebrated his fourth MotoGP title, with Suzuki’s Alex Rins taking fourth after narrowly getting the better of Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha).

Andrea Iannone, who started from the front row, completed the top six on the second of the factory Ecstar Suzuki machines followed by Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda).

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro and Tito Rabat (EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda) finalised the top ten, with Maverick Vinales struggling to 12th on the Movistar Yamaha behind Red Bull KTM’s Bradley Smith.

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Lorenzo slowed down Dovizioso. Pretty sure that He could have been faster if he‘d have a free track.

 

Also the asphalted section suck to be honest. In some areas you can park a truck (93) in others you‘re in the gravel. (04)

@HARRY

wrong you ignorant fool. lorenzo helped andrea to keep up. andrea was just too slow. is it so hard to accept? why you morons have to start always this conspiracy bullshit without knowing the facts? dovi said it lorenzo helped him to ride smooth and stay with the leading group. stop blaming Lorenzo for everything, its pathetic.

Would like to hear what Mr JL has to say after the race to his team...

I'm not surprised by JL, people thought he left Dovi win in sepang but that was bull. Dovi was always faster than Lorenzo on the Ducati. In sepang JL made a mistake and lost the front and Dovi got passed then he gapped JL.

Only one Lorenzo will help is Marquez. Fact. 

@V46R

you re crying hard you moron. dovi said lorenzo helped him, so whats your point you keyboard warrior? AND AGAIN AND AGAIN we see you cry over lorenzo for no reason. fact is lorenzo helped dovi not otherwise. he helped him in sepang too, only an ignorant moron like you dont like to hear it. 

quit the whining and grew a pair of balls you loser.

Honda had a solid strategy, they would have won the WC even if MM crashed. Ducati simply didn't have pace and if they pushed harder, they crash... as they did. Dani was Hondas back up plan... saw the way Dani rode in the end. That was what waiting for Dovi if he wanted to win. Yeah, we can blame JL but don't think it would have made any difference when you have Zarco, Dani riding like that.

  I really like the childish comments  of the Rosi fans who are turning to support anyone, as long as the Marquez does not win the race and the championship ...

It is look like if there are goats who join the race maybe they will also support it to defeat Marquez...lol..... 

All this nonsense slagging of JL. ?? Dovi crashed - end of!!

Dovi had the pace of a snail. He was being towed around Valencia by JL all race and when JL crashed he crashed too because he had no pace to catch up to Dani yet alone pass Dani then catch and pass MM and then catch and pass Zarco. Dovi said it in post race press conference himself 

93 World Champion!!    That was crazy in one lap both Ducatis crash and that save from Márquez...unbelievable. This championship all the unexpected has happenned, but there could only be one winner!

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