Marquez survives scare to take title
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.