Marquez wins fourth MotoGP world title

MotoGP: Marc Marquez becomes youngest ever four-time champion after winning title in dramatic Valencia Grand Prix

MotoGP Spanish rider Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) on Friday dominated a good part of the first free practice for the Valencia Grand Prix, but ended behind Italian Andrea Dovizioso.

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

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

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.

Dovizioso was frustratingly held up by Ducati team-mate Jorge Lorenzo before both crashed out in separate incidents. Pedrosa remained in third, with the two Ducati machines glued together around a second behind and the tense tick of the clock counting down.

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.

Up front Pedrosa and Zarco were left to battle it out for the race win in a pulsating final few laps.

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

The result sees Marquez take the title from Dovizoso by 37 points with Vinales miraculously third after a tough end to the year.

Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) put in an impressive rookie ride into fourth, ahead of Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) after a more hard race for the "Doctor". Tito Rabat (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) also impressed, locking out the top ten.

Marquez tops the MotoGP World Standings with 129 points, just five points above of Maverick Viñales (Yamaha), ahead of the season finale at Valencia.

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