Marquez wins fourth MotoGP world title

Lynette Rowe
November 13, 2017

However, he'd not have the buffer of Pedrosa for long with Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco barging past on the second lap.

Marc Marquez clinched his fourth MotoGP title in five years after title rival Andrea Dovizioso crashed out in Valencia on Sunday.

Three-time world champion Marquez tops the Moto GP World Standings with 129 points, just five points ahead of Maverick Viñales (Yamaha).

- Marquez is the youngest-ever rider to win four premier-class World Championships, at the age of 24 years and 268 days, taking the record from Mike Hailwood, who was 25 years and 107 days old when he won his fourth premier-class title in 1965.

The moment - which dropped him to fifth before the Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo crashed in front of him - was the result of pressure from Tech3's Johann Zarco, as he was "scared" to let the Frenchman try a potentially unsafe move.

"I was disappointed because when I stopped in the box I said to Santi, my mechanic, I didn't feel the tyre was ready", said Marquez.

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Marquez was even able to shrug off his 27th crash of the season after posting his best time of 1min 29.897sec for his eighth pole of the season.

The battle for the lead was then down to Zarco and Pedrosa, and the Repsol Honda pulled a hard move on the Frenchman into turn one which he was unable to defend.

However, Marquez recovered to rejoin the race in fifth and, nearly as soon as a Lorenzo error had Dovizioso in the clear, the 31-year-old blew what remained of his slim chances.

Dovizioso, though, went off himself moments later and Marquez's title victory was confirmed.

It wasn't as clear cut as many expected, however, with Marquez so almost crashing out of the race at the mid-way point, losing the front at turn one and miraculously saving it. Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) + 13.567s 5. Andrea Iannone (Suzuki Ecstar) +14.516s 7. Ducati Team test rider and wildcard entry Michele Pirro will be starting sixth.

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