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.

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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