Lorenzo sets pace in 2nd FP for Valencia MotoGP

Doug Mendoza
November 13, 2017

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.

It's a fight to the finish today as the Valencia Grand Prix will decide the 2017 MotoGP champion.

Currently, Marquez is still at the top of the MotoGP standings with 282 points, 21 points ahead of Dovizioso.

Honda's Marquez needs to finish in the top 11 to claim the championship, while Ducati's Dovizioso will have to take the win if he wants to dethrone Marquez.

The Italian's task was made more hard by the lack of support from Ducati team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, who was seemingly unwilling to let his colleague past when the pair were fourth and fifth for much of the race.

"During the race I was trying to be calm and control the situation, but then I thought now it is time to push because I felt really good", said a buoyant Marquez, who defied 27 crashes during the course of the season to win the title.

After a flawless start, Marquez took the lead ahead of his teammate Pedrosa, while Dovizioso recovered three positions after he began the race from the third row.

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

The Italian had started ninth and, after making quick progress into the top five, he found three-time champion and team-mate Lorenzo less than helpful to his cause.

It was in the 25th lap that Lorenzo crashed into the ground, leaving the race, as did Dovizioso, who managed to come back, but in the last place.

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.

Marc Marquez will race as usual.

Valentino Rossi of Yamaha will start seventh in the race. Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) + 13.567s 5. Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) +17.087s 8. Ducati Team test rider and wildcard entry Michele Pirro will be starting sixth.

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