Valentino Rossi expects this year’s MotoGP title battle between Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi to go down to the wire at Valencia in November.

Ducati rider Dovizioso closed the gap at the top of the championship table to 11 points after a hard-earned victory in the wet at Motegi, narrowly getting the better of defending champion Marquez on the last lap.

It was one of the best races in recent memory in the rain and nine-time champion Rossi, who was caught out by the conditions on the factory Yamaha, says there is little between the championship top-two with three races to go.

“It was a great battle and is very good for the sport that the two opponents are the strongest now and that they can fight very hard,” Rossi said.

“I think it was a great race, a great victory for Dovi and maybe the title fight can go down to Valencia.”

Rossi, whose own title charge was thwarted after he broke his leg in a motocross training accident, said the scene is set for a thrilling finale to the 2017 championship over the next few weeks.

“The difference between them changes a bit race-by-race, because in Aragon Marquez was a lot faster than Dovi. But this time Dovi won, it is his fifth win of the season and there are now just eleven points between them in the championship. So they are not so far apart. It will be a great battle I think.”

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