Mar­quez sur­vives scare to take ti­tle

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

MO­TOR­CY­CLING: Marc Mar­quez se­cured the MotoGP world ti­tle for the fourth time in five years as the 2017 sea­son con­cluded in Va­len­cia.

The 24-year-old Honda rider – cham­pion in 2013, 2014 and 2016 – had gone into the show­down in his na­tive Spain very much on course to re­tain his crown, sit­ting 21 points clear of sec­ond­placed An­drea Dovizioso (Du­cati) in the over­all stand­ings.

Italy’s Dovizioso crashed out be­fore Mar­quez, who had sur­vived a scare when he went off the track, fin­ished third be­hind com­pa­triot and team­mate Dani Pe­drosa and run­nerup Jo­hann Zarco (Yamaha).

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 Vi­nale, on 230.

Af­ter top­ping the podium in only one of the first eight races of the year, Mar­quez won five of the last 10.

“It has been a re­ally tough sea­son, lots of ups and downs, but, for me, the se­cond half of the sea­son has been per­fect,” said Mar­quez.

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