Marquez storms towards title with Valencia pole

Lorenzo sets pace in 2nd FP for Valencia MotoGP

"I learn especially mental thing, the way to approach the weekend, the way to approach the race, that you need to understand well and forget the others".

Tech 3 Yamaha's Zarco and Suzuki man Iannone ended up in second and third with identical lap times, as Lorenzo grabbed fourth.

Newly-crowned MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has branded main title rival Andrea Dovizioso as an "incredible opponent", and was disappointed not to celebrate with him on the podium.

Honda rider Marquez took the lead early in the session and established a clear advantage with a lap time of 1m30.939s.

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.


The same message he'd seen in Malaysia, widely thought to mean "Let Dovi past", would appear on his screen four times before the team resorted to telling him to drop one position on his pit board. Unfortunately for the Spaniard it was slightly too hard, as he lost the front on the brakes.

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.

The fight for the finish came down to Zarco and Pedrosa, with the latter launching a last-lap attack to earn his second win this year following Jerez. It will be an uphill task for the Italian to take the win as he trails behind Marquez in points for the world championship title.

Maverick Vinales was only 13th in FP3, and must battle through Q1 along with Honda and Ducati satellite riders Cal Crutchlow and Danilo Petrucci. Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) +30.835s 12.

- Marquez is also the youngest rider of all-time to reach the milestone of six World Championships, taking the record from Valentino Rossi, who was 25 years and 244 days old when he won his sixth title, the 2004 MotoGP crown.

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