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With a MotoGP Triple Crown on the line Marc Marquez and Honda have the opportunity to complete a perfect 2019 - but can Ducati spoil the party in Valencia?

Marc Marquez has the opportunity to close out a perfect MotoGP campaign in 2019 if he can help Repsol Honda seal the world teams’ title and duly complete its Triple Crown.

Having already sealed the world riders’ and constructors’ crown back in Thailand and Japan respectively, Marquez set a new all-time points scoring record by moving on to 395 points thanks to second place at the Malaysian round last time out.

With just one piece of his perfect 2019 missing, Marquez and Repsol Honda actually took a small step back in the teams’ fight against the factory Ducati squad at Sepang.

While the 26-year-old bagged 20 points with second place, plus team-mate Jorge Lorenzo’s contribution of two points in 14th place, Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso (third) and Danilo Petrucci (ninth) combined tally of 23 points saw the Italian team extend its advantage to a slender two-point lead heading into the season finale.

As a result it sets up a genuinely tight contest for the MotoGP teams’ world championship in Valencia and while the crown would act as small comfort to Ducati it would deny Repsol Honda and Marquez their a triple hat-trick – a third consecutive MotoGP Triple Crown following up its 2017 and 2018 feats.

What’s more Circuit Ricardo Tormo isn’t a happy hunting ground for Marquez with just one win across his premier class career at the Valencia track which came back in 2014 during his previous most dominant MotoGP campaign.

Dovizioso clinched victory last year in a wet and wild race which was red-flagged after 13 laps as the rain became too heavy before being restarted to set up a 14-lap sprint.

Meanwhile, the big news on the eve of the weekend was the retirement announcement by five-time world champion Lorenzo, who will make his final grand prix appearance on Sunday.




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