Andrea Dovizioso heads to this weekend's Valencia MotoGP finale with a slim, but mathematical chance, of snatching the crown from Marc Marquez.

A sixth victory of the season - the most by any Ducati rider since Casey Stoner in 2008 - at Sepang kept the championship chase alive, albeit with Honda's Marquez holding a solid 21-point lead for the final showdown.

That means Dovizioso must win the race to have any chance of a shock championship upset, with Marquez then needing to be outside the top twelve.

Either way, Sunday will see the final chapter in Dovizioso's most successful MotoGP season to date, and the best for Ducati since Stoner's 2007 title win.

“We come to Valencia with a big gap in the points from Marquez and on a track where he goes very well, so we know it’s going to be tough," Dovizioso said. "The only strategy for me, with this gap, is to try and win and then see where my rival finishes.

"In this period we are going strongly at almost every track and so we have to try and approach this weekend with optimism, as we have always done recently.”

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