Amidst all the drama, anticipation, excitement and ‘oh nos!’, Marc Marquez has won the crown of the MotoGP World Championship yet again! The Spaniard has now four world titles to his name.
After Dovizioso won the Malaysian GP a couple of weeks ago, we couldn’t wait for the final race of the 2017 MotoGP season at Valencia as it was because of Dovi that this season’s championship was still alive. Marquez had to perform in the final race. And now, when the Valencia GP is over, he is officially the world champion of 2017 MotoGP season.
The atmosphere at Valencia was electrifying with over a hundred thousand spectators stormed in to cheer up for their favourite rider. Marc Marquez excelled the qualifyings and hence secured a pole position. The race started with him leading but not for long as Zarco made an aggressive move to overtake him. This happened during the early stages of the race. Since then it was Zarco who lead the Valencia GP and Marquez didn’t take any risks and followed him sincerely.
Andrea Dovizioso was the centre of attraction in Valencia. After a few laps into the race, he was at the fifth place following his teammate Jorge Lorenzo. He remained in that position for the most part of the race. Of course, he tried to take on Lorenzo but unfortunately couldn’t. But it was during the final part of the race when Lorenzo lost his front end and skidded off the track in disappointment, giving his place to Dovizioso.
To be frank, the race at Valencia became a bit boring and dull because earlier it was Zarco who was leading with Marquez on his tail. Pedrosa was in the third position followed by Lorenzo and Dovi. This line up was maintained for many laps and we thought that’s how the race will end. But after Lorenzo crashed and Dovi gained a position in the race, all the lost excitement was suddenly returned with a bang! And it grew tremendously when Marquez almost lost his front end (he saved it by using one of his physics-defying abilities) with only six laps remaining! He went wide while saving himself and ended up at the fifth place behind Dovi! It was thrilling.
Unfortunately, Dovizioso too lost control of his front end and went too wide in a corner in the same lap and eventually falling off. And it was this moment when everyone knew that Marc Marquez has won the 2017 MotoGP title! The race continued with Zarco and Pedrosa fighting a battle for the first. Pedrosa has a good winning score on this track and he used his skills to pass Zarco and won the Valencia GP.
Marquez is now the youngest ever rider to win four premier class titles and six world championships over all classes, during a period of only ten years. Congratulations, buddy! You totally deserved it and we wish to see you heat up the competition in the next MotoGP season.
Following are the race results of the 2017 Valencia GP:
1. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 46m 8.125s
2. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 46m 8.462s
3. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 46m 18.986s
4. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 46m 21.692s
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 46m 21.942s
6. Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 46m 22.641s
7. Jack Miller AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 46m 25.212s
8. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 46m 25.355s
9. Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Team (GP17) 46m 34.067s
10. Tito Rabat ESP EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 46m 35.145s
11. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 46m 38.960s
12. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 46m 43.137s
13. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac (GP17) 46m 46.201s
14. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar (GP15) 46m 50.113s
15. Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia (GP16) 46m 55.828s
16. Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia (GP15) 46m 55.834s
17. Michael Van Der Mark NED Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 47m 0.259s
Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) DNF
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP17) DNF
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP17) DNF
Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* DNF
Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar (GP16) DNF
Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac (GP16) DNF
Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) DNF
Mika Kallio FIN Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) DNF