Marc Marquez won his fourth MotoGP title by coming in third, despite a huge moment where he looked like he would lose the front end, while team mate Dani Pedrosa took the win at the Valencia GP. Almost unsurprisingly, second spot was taken by Johann Zarco on his Tech 3 Yamaha.
Marquez had a very good start to his race, with Pedrosa backing him up by shooting ahead into second, putting the pressure on Zarco who was then in third. The two Ducatis, including that of championship challenger Andrea Dovizioso settled into a strong challenge on the back of this group. But Zarco changed the order by moving into the lead.
That’s when Marquez made a major error, yet saved the moment sliding on his knee, avoiding getting stuck in the gravel. He rejoined after Dovizioso. but after a charge by Lorenzo, Dovizioso’s Ducati spilled, taking him out of the race and the championship battle.
Pedrosa managed to cut ahead of Zarco on the last lap, bringing up the desired result for Repsol Honda.
Marquez said, “I’m living a dream. ‘Six Titles’ are big words. The truth is that I’m incredibly happy because we worked so much this year, and today the race was incredibly tense and exciting—a bit ‘Marquez Style.’ I made a mistake, but I also made my best save of the year. From that moment on, I just tried to finish the race in a good position. I’m sorry that Andrea didn’t finish the race, as he deserved to do so. He had an incredible season and I would have liked to have him on the podium with me today. “
On his part Pedrosa said, “The track wasn’t easy as front grip wasn’t perfect, and in fact we saw a lot of crashes in the race. I was just behind Marc when he made that save and it was incredible. The smoke, the noise, the speed—wow, impressive! I realized that the track had a limit, maybe because the rear had more grip, which pushed the front. Anyway, I tried to manage the front grip, but then in the last three laps I gave it everything to pass Johann. He was so good into the corners but finally I passed him on the last lap.”
With this, Marc Marquez is not only four time MotoGP champ, but this makes it his sixth championship overall.