Moto GP World Champion winner Marc Marquez (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

Spaniard Marc Marquez claimed his fourth MotoGP title in five years after finishing third at the season-ending Valencia race in his native Spain as he only required to finish in the top 11 to beat Andrea Dovizioso to the crown, hence, becoming the youngest rider to win four titles in the class.

Dovizioso was frustratingly held up by Ducati team-mate Jorge Lorenzo before both crashed out in separate incidents. Honda’s Dani Pedrosa won the race, with Yamaha rookie Johann Zarco in second.

“It is an amazing feeling,” Marquez said. “In the race I tried to be calm and control the situation. In turn one I lost concentration on the braking point. I would like to congratulate Dovi and the Ducati team.”

Lorenzo seemed to be getting messages from his garage to let Dovizioso pass but refused to do so until he went off. This chain of events will have some adverse effects in the team relationships going forward.

2017 Valencia GP results:

1. Dani Pedrosa (Spa/Honda) 46 minutes 08.125 seconds

2. Johann Zarco (Fra/Yamaha) 46:08.462

3. Marc Marquez (Spa/Honda) 46:18.986

4. Alex Rins (Spa/Suzuki) 46:21.692

5. Valentino Rossi (Ita/Yamaha) 46:21.942

6. Andrea Iannone (Ita/Suzuki) 46:22.641

7. Jack Miller (Aus/Honda) 46:25.212

8. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Honda) 46:25.355

9. Michele Pirro (Ita/Ducati) 46:34.067

10. Tito Rabat (Spa/Honda) 46:35.145

MotoGP 2017 Driver Standings:

1. Marc Marquez (Sp/Honda) 298 points

2. Andrea Dovizioso (It/Ducati) 261

3. Maverick Vinales (Sp/Yamaha) 230

4. Dani Pedrosa (Sp/Honda) 210

5. Valentino Rossi (It/Yamaha) 208

6. Johann Zarco (Fr/Yamaha) 174

7. Jorge Lorenzo (Sp/Ducati) 137

8. Danilo Petrucci (It/Ducati) 124

9. Cal Crutchlow (GB/Honda) 112

10. Jonas Folger (Ger/Yamaha) 84

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