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Marquez wins fourth MotoGP world title

Marquez wins fourth MotoGP world title

Dani Pedrosa of Spain won the Valencia Grand Prix on Sunday, while his teammate Marc Marquez came third in the final race.

He needed to finish 11th to ensure that nothing Dovizioso could do would make a difference and with 21 points to make up, the Italian knew that he had to win the race and hope for another mistake to end Marquez's race.

"I was disappointed because when I stopped in the box I said to Santi, my mechanic, I didn't feel the tyre was ready", said Marquez.

Marquez has now moved past Jorge Lorenzo, a three-time MotoGP champion who joined Dovizioso on the DNF list in Valencia, to become the most successful Spanish rider of all-time.

However, he'd not have the buffer of Pedrosa for long with Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco barging past on the second lap.

The permutations were not lost on Marquez during a tactical opening few laps.

In the knowledge that the aggressive Frenchman was behind, Marquez let Zarco past on the third lap to avoid a dogfight, but remained on his tail throughout the race.

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During the fourth lap, Zarco had the lead, ahead of Marquez and Pedrosa respectively.

One man demonstrating less regard for the title ramifications was Lorenzo, who proved to be one of the biggest obstacles to Dovizioso.

Dovizioso then left the race, leaving the door open for Marquez to clinch the title.

However, Marquez recovered to rejoin the race in fifth and, nearly as soon as a Lorenzo error had Dovizioso in the clear, the 31-year-old blew what remained of his slim chances.

At just 24, a highly mature Marquez is the youngest ever rider to win four premier class world titles after just five seasons in MotoGP - adding to two other world championships at lower levels. Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) + 13.567s 5.

Valentino Rossi of Yamaha will start seventh in the race. Ducati Team test rider and wildcard entry Michele Pirro will be starting sixth. Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) +30.835s 12.