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The Season Finale: 2017 Valencia MotoGP Round Up

The Championship Came Down To The Wire At The 2017 Valencia MotoGP

With every single race of this year’s season being more intense than the last, the 2017 Valencia MotoGP and season finale was no different. From the get-go we knew we had a battle on our hands. For Marc Marquez, he needed to finish upright, and in a better position than 12th. For challenger Andrea Dovizioso, he needed to finish in no worse than first place to keep his championship dream alive. And how did it go down? Well, let’s just say that Marquez very nearly did crash. And let’s just say that it could’ve all gone very differently – this wasn’t cut and dry, oh no.

2017 Valencia MotoGP 1

Starting from the front, Marquez was in the ideal position to take an immediate lead and blast off into the sunset, however, since he shared that front row with two of the most aggressive riders on the grid, Frenchman Johann Zarco and Italian Andrea Iannone, Marquez altered his strategy accordingly. After zipping into the lead, Marquez allowed Zarco to pass him intentionally, avoiding any type of disastrous scrap.

2017 Valencia MotoGP 2

Marquez’s teammate, Dani Pedrosa, fought to get into a comfortable third place, acting as Marquez’s buffer, preventing the likes of the Ducati duo, Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso, from getting too close his teammate. Pedrosa did an admirable job, but it wasn’t necessary. Lorenzo appeared to be holding his own teammate up, and the crew in the Ducati garage seemed to agree. The team transmitted a message to Lorenzo’s dash reading “Suggested Mapping 8” which is a not-so-secret code for: let Dovi through. However, Lorenzo ignored team orders, believing that he was doing Dovizioso a favor by towing the slower of the two Ducatis along. And in retrospect, it makes a lot of sense.

2017 Valencia MotoGP 3

While this was going on, Marquez managed to overtake Zarco, but whilst riding at the front made an error of judgment, sending his Honda into the gravel trap. Defying physics, however, Marquez managed to remain upright and rejoin the race in fifth position. After seeing this, Lorenzo and Dovizioso decided to up their game, but as they both pushed their ailing Ducati Desmosedici GP17s to the limits, they both crashed out of the race separately, destroying Dovizioso’s championship hopes.

2017 Valencia MotoGP Results

As it happened, Pedrosa managed to cross the line in first proving his worth on that much coveted Repsol Honda motorcycle, followed by satellite Yamaha rider Johann Zarco in second. Marquez crossed the line in third, but as long as we above twelfth, we don’t think it really mattered where he wound up on the roster. Suzuki’s Alex Rins came in an admirable fourth place, followed by Valentino Rossi in fifth, and Andrea Iannone in sixth. The top ten was completed by Jack Miller, Cal Crutchlow, Michele Pirro, and Tito Rabat respectively.

2017 Valencia MotoGP 4

Another season has drawn to a close, and while Marquez may have won, it was no walk in the park for the young Spaniard. Andrea Dovizioso has proven that he is champion material, and a great sportsman too, offering heartfelt congratulations to the victor. Jorge Lorenzo is getting to know how to ride that Ducati properly; Dani Pedrosa once again shows that he’s not to be dismissed; the Suzuki duo are getting competitive; Aleix Espargaro is developing his Aprilia into a podium capable machine; the KTM team have made incredible progress; Cal Crutchlow is still a force to be reckoned with; and we’ve got even more new talent rolling in next season. And of course, there’s always Valentino Rossi. So, see you next season!

The 2017 Valencia MotoGP: Full Results

#1. Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda (RC213V) 46m 8.125s
2. Johann Zarco – Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 46m 8.462s
3. Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda (RC213V) 46m 18.986s
4. Alex Rins – Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 46m 21.692s
5. Valentino Rossi – Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 46m 21.942s
6. Andrea Iannone – Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 46m 22.641s
7. Jack Miller – EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 46m 25.212s
8. Cal Crutchlow – LCR Honda (RC213V) 46m 25.355s
9. Michele Pirro – Ducati Team (GP17) 46m 34.067s
10. Tito Rabat – EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 46m 35.145s
11. Bradley Smith – Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 46m 38.960s
12. Maverick Viñales – Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 46m 43.137s
13. Danilo Petrucci – Octo Pramac (GP17) 46m 46.201s
14. Karel Abraham – Pull&Bear Aspar (GP15) 46m 50.113s
15. Hector Barbera – Reale Avintia (GP16) 46m 55.828s
16. Loris Baz – Reale Avintia (GP15) 46m 55.834s
17. Michael Van Der Mark – Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 47m 0.259s
Pol Espargaro – Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) DNF
Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team (GP17) DNF
Jorge Lorenzo – Ducati Team (GP17) DNF
Sam Lowes – Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) DNF
Alvaro Bautista – Pull&Bear Aspar (GP16) DNF
Scott Redding – Octo Pramac (GP16) DNF
Aleix Espargaro – Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) DNF
Mika Kallio – Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) DNF

2017 MotoGP World Championship Final Standings

Position Entrant Points Total
1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team 298 298
2 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team 261 261
3 Maverick Vinales Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 230 230
4 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 210 210
5 Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 208 208
6 Johann Zarco Monster Yamaha Tech 3 174 174
7 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Team 137 137
8 Danilo Petrucci OCTO Pramac Racing 124 124
9 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 112 112
10 Jonas Folger Monster Yamaha Tech 3 84 84
11 Jack Miller EG 0,0 Marc VDS 82 82
12 Alvaro Bautista Pull&Bear Aspar Team 75 75
13 Andrea Iannone Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 70 70
14 Scott Redding OCTO Pramac Racing 64 64
15 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 62 62
16 Alex Rins Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 59 59
17 Pol Espargaro Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 55 55
18 Loris Baz Reale Avintia Racing 45 45
19 Tito Rabat EG 0,0 Marc VDS 35 35
20 Karel Abraham Pull&Bear Aspar Team 32 32
21 Bradley Smith Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 29 29
22 Hector Barbera Reale Avintia Racing 28 28
23 Michele Pirro Ducati Team 25 25
24 Mika Kallio Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 11 11
25 Sam Lowes Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 5 5
26 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing 4 4
27 Sylvain Guintoli Team Suzuki ECSTAR 1 1
28 Takuya Tsuda Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 0
29 Hiroshi Aoyama EG 0,0 Marc VDS 0
30 Broc Parkes Monster Yamaha Tech 3 0
31 Michael van der Mark Monster Yamaha Tech 3 0

 

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I’ve done a bit of work here and there in the industry – I’ve even ridden a few bikes for actual money but what it comes down to is this: I ride bikes, build bikes and occasionally crash ‘em too. I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…