Marc Marquez wins 2017 MotoGP championship

Marc Marquez wins 2017 MotoGP championship

Marc Marquez wins 2017 MotoGP championship

Marc Marquez sealed his fourth MotoGP world title on Sunday after finishing third in Valencia on Sunday.

Marquez's only rival for the crown, Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso, was fourth-fastest ahead of a race he has to win to have any hope of stealing the title.

Coming in third behind race victor and team mate Dani Pedrosa, and second place finisher Johann Zarco of Monster Yamaha Tech 3.

Marquez had started the race from pole position and led after the start before being passed by Zarco on lap three.

Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo has explained his actions during yesterday's Valencia MotoGP where he repeatedly ignored team orders, saying he had better pace than championship challenger Andrea Dovizioso and was was towing him to the front.

But it was Dovizioso whose desperation eventually caught him out, losing control with six laps to go and losing his bike into the gravel trap.

The fight for the finish came down to Zarco and Pedrosa, with the latter launching a last-lap attack to earn his second win this year following Jerez.

Marquez took the lead at the tight Circuit Ricardo Tormo Circuit, with Pedrosa coming through the second row to take second place.

Jack Miller crossed the line seventh ahead of close friend and fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow while Michele Pirro and Tito Rabat rounded out the top ten.

Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) rounded out the Austrian factory's first season in the premier class in P11, and it was a tough weekend and final race of 2017 for third-placed in the Championship Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), as the Spaniard came home in P12.

That's a wrap on a stunning season to savour, with 2017 having provided some of the most incredible racing ever seen. Instead, the Italian crashed out as pressure built near the end.

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