MotoGP: Marquez crowned champion in dramatic finale

MotoGP: Marquez crowned champion in dramatic finale

MotoGP: Marquez crowned champion in dramatic finale

Holding a commanding 21-point lead in the championship standings, Honda's Marquez can only be denied a fourth MotoGP world championship if he finishes lower than 11th and Ducati's Dovizioso wins.

Marquez's Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa won the race from France's Johann Zarco in second.

He drew level with British trio Mike Hailwood, Geoff Duke and John Surtees, and American Eddie Lawson as one of just five riders to triumph four times at the top level.

Marquez followed them home but it all could have gone so wrong when two thirds of the way through the race, the Spaniard lost control on the way into Turn 1 and ended up taking the corner sideways.

- Only one Spanish rider has won more world titles than Marquez: Angel Nieto, who won 13 World Championships (seven in the 125cc class and six in the 50cc class) between 1969 and 1984.

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez will start the ultimate race of this season on pole despite a late crash in qualifying.

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However, he couldn't resist an attack on the Frenchman to try and win the championship in style with eight laps to go and ran wide, dropping him down to fifth.

Marquez crossed the line in third having produced a tremendous save to limit the impact of a braking error shortly before Dovizioso's race-ending incident, and he was thankful to have finished the job.

"When I was behind him I was able to be much faster, and I was losing the concentration", said Marquez. Tomorrow morning you will not find me.

However, he admitted seeing Marquez fly off the track precipitated his own mistake as he pushed even harder. He recorded his best time early in the session.

Up front Pedrosa and Zarco were left to battle it out for the race win in a pulsating final few laps.

Marquez's title bid was almost derailed six laps from the end when he ran into the first corner too quickly and lost the front under braking, though he miraculously save the incident and safely navigated his way out of the gravel trap.

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