Iannone fastest in 1st practice for Valencia MotoGP

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Spain's Marc Marquez is poised to wrap up a fourth world MotoGP title Sunday, an achievement that appeared a long-distance dream in the first half of the season.

Marquez started strong with pole position and battled the race leader Johann Zarco, until he went wide while overtaking the French, Marquez nearly survived the crash and remained in the race to finish at a final 3rd position.

Marquez has now moved past Jorge Lorenzo, a three-time MotoGP champion who joined Dovizioso on the DNF list in Valencia, to become the most successful Spanish rider of all-time. Pedrosa remained in third, with the two Ducati machines glued together around a second behind and the tense tick of the clock counting down.

He stayed behind the Frenchman until the latter stages before suffering a scare when Marquez passed Zarco to re-take the lead only to go off the track at turn one on lap 23. In a stunning upset, Dovizioso crashed shortly after, losing the bike after running off into the gravel. Pulling the pin, Pedrosa left Zarco with no answer on the final lap to take his second win of the year.

Marquez, the youngest man to win four titles in the class, ends the championship with a total of 298 points, ahead of Dovizioso on 261 and another Spaniard, Maverick Vinales (Yamaha), on 230. Tito Rabat (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) also impressed, locking out the top ten.

Seeking his fourth world title, Marquez tops the Moto GP World Standing with 129 points, just five points ahead of Viñales (Yamaha).

That's a wrap on a stunning season to savour, with 2017 having provided some of the most incredible racing ever seen.

Those riders riders all booked a place in Q2, as did 16th-fastest Dovizioso, who managed eighth in the combined times on the strength of a strong Friday lap.

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