Dovizioso wins in Malaysia, keeps Mo­toGP ti­tle race alive

Times of Oman - - SPORTS -

SEPANG: An­drea Dovizioso won a rainy Malaysian Grand Prix on Sun­day to keep the Mo­toGP ti­tle race alive as Marc Mar­quez’s coro­na­tion was de­layed with a fourth place fin­ish.

Ital­ian Dovizioso over­took team­mate Jorge Lorenzo with four laps re­main­ing to claim his sixth win of the cam­paign at Sepang cir­cuit and give Du­cati a 1-2 fin­ish for the first time this year. Jo­hann Zarco grabbed third on his non-works Yamaha, nurs­ing a soft rear tyre to the fin­ish, frus­trat­ing Mar­quez’s hopes of seal­ing his fourth Mo­toGP ti­tle with a race to spare.

Dovizioso’s win is only likely to stall the cham­pi­onship leader’s tri­umph for an­other two weeks as Honda-rid­ing Mar­quez will take a 21-point lead over the Ital­ian into the fi­nal race in Va­len­cia. Reign­ing cham­pion Mar­quez moved to 282 points and with 25 up for grabs in Spain, should wrap up the ti­tle if his bike stays on two wheels.

Stranger things have hap­pened, how­ever, and 31-yearold Dovizioso was not rul­ing out his chances of a maiden ti­tle.

“Ev­ery­thing can hap­pen dur­ing the week­end, and you never know about the weather,” he told re­porters.

“We know it’s dif­fi­cult but we are re­laxed. We are go­ing to Va­len­cia in a re­laxed way and will try to do the max­i­mum.” Full story @ time­so­fo­man.com/sports

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