Marc Marquez secures fourth MotoGP world title as Andrea Dovizioso CRASHES out

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

Moments before Dovizioso lost control of his Ducati, Marquez had a scare when he barely managed to keep his bike up and on course for the championship.

At the front, the race was a duel to the line between Repsol Honda Team's Dani Pedrosa and Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Johann Zarco - with the race decided in favour of the Spaniard on final lap as Pedrosa pounced and defended to perfection for his second victory of the year.

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. Remarkably saving it, he re-joined the race in fifth, before moving up to third just a lap later when both Lorenzo and Dovizioso crashed out in separate incidents.

Holding a commanding 21-point lead in the championship from Andrea Dovizioso, Marquez was guaranteed the title with a top-11 finish or if Dovizioso failed to win the race. Maybe in some corners Dovi was close and I slowed down a little bit to give him some space but in general terms over 30 laps having my Ducati in front of him made him improve. "I told myself 'I won't let go even if the bike flips, if I have to get hurt then this is the time to do so'".

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.

Valentino Rossi was eighth-fastest, 0.621s off the pace, while works Yamaha teammate Maverick Vinales' nightmare weekend continued as he crashed at Turn 10, ending up down in 19th.

Marquez, back into the podium places after the falls ahead, kept his calm to the end to take third and the title, making him the youngest ever six-time World Champion and the youngest to take four premier class Championships.

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