Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Marquez Will Not Play Safe at Valencia GP

Marquez Will Not Play Safe at Valencia GP

Coming in second was Johann Zarco of Tech 3 Yamaha after improving on his final lap, three tenths off polesitter Marquez.

Marc Marquez claimed his fourth MotoGP title in five years after finishing third at the season-ending Valencia race in his native Spain.

The world champion in 2013, 2014 and 2016, Marquez came into the year's last event as heavy favourite to finish top of the standings again, given his 21-point lead over nearest challenger Dovizioso.

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 risky move.

"This weekend, I will perform as usual, perform 100 percent of my ability", said Marquez, as quoted from Motorsport.

In the knowledge that the aggressive Frenchman was behind, Marquez let Zarco past on the third lap to avoid a dogfight, but remained on his tail throughout the race.

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The Italian had started ninth and, after making quick progress into the top five, he found three-time champion and team-mate Lorenzo less than helpful to his cause.

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 then left the race, leaving the door open for Marquez to clinch the title.

- At 24-years old, Marquez is now the youngest ever rider to win four premier-class World Championship titles and six World Championships over all classes, during a period of only ten years of World Championship racing. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) +10.861s 4. Ducati Team test rider and wildcard entry Michele Pirro will be starting sixth. Lastly, Aleix Esparagaro will start behind Rossi followed by Suzuki Ecstar rider Alex Rins at P10.

Britain's Bradley Smith was 11 for Red Bull KTM, ahead of the devastated factory Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales.

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