Marc Marquez is the 2017 MotoGP world champion after a fall for rival Andrea Dovizioso in today's Valencia MotoGP, which was won by Dani Pedrosa from Johann Zarco.

Dovizioso had to win the race to have any chance of snatching the title from Marquez, who saved a massive moment at turn one just before Dovizioso ran wide and fell. 

The Ducati rider spent the race staring at the rear wheel of team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, in fourth, who was repeatedly told by Ducati to let Dovizioso by. Lorenzo crashed out just before his team-mate's exit, both on lap 25 of 30.

The Ducati disaster put Marquez, who had just taken the lead from Zarco when he suffered the turn one scare, up into third place. Team-mate Pedrosa then overtook Zarco for victory at the start of the final lap.

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Zarco's Tech 3 team-mate Jonas Folger was again replaced by Michael van der Mark. Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro was returning from a hand injury at Phillip Island. KTM test rider Mika Kallio and Ducati test rider Michele Pirro were making their latest wild-card appearances.

KTM's Pol Espargaro began the race from pit lane after exceeding nine engine changes for the season.

An official test will be held back at the Valencia circuit on Tuesday and Wedsnesday...

1. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 46m 8.125s
2. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 46m 8.462s
3. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 46m 18.986s
4. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 46m 21.692s
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 46m 21.942s
6. Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 46m 22.641s
7. Jack Miller AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 46m 25.212s
8. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 46m 25.355s
9. Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Team (GP17) 46m 34.067s
10. Tito Rabat ESP EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 46m 35.145s
11. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 46m 38.960s
12. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 46m 43.137s
13. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac (GP17) 46m 46.201s
14. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar (GP15) 46m 50.113s
15. Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia (GP16) 46m 55.828s
16. Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia (GP15) 46m 55.834s
17. Michael Van Der Mark NED Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 47m 0.259s
Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) DNF
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP17) DNF
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP17) DNF
Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* DNF
Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar (GP16) DNF
Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac (GP16) DNF
Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) DNF
Mika Kallio FIN Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) DNF

Blue = Factory Team.
Red = Satellite Team.

By Peter McLaren



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