The Gran Premio Motul de la comunitat Valenciana will have the “gran finale” where anything can happen.
In this 2017 season, we had 17 race weekends and thousands of laps where two names are the contenders of the 2017 MOTO GP World Title: The brilliant Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), who holds a 21 point lead and challenger Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team). He is the only one obstacle between Marc and the crown, his sixth world title.
The champion Marquez took five podiums in a row, including back-to-back wins at Sachsenring and Brno., he keeps the title of COTA’s King. At Misano and Aragon, his victories put him back up at the front after some crashes and a mechanical failure. Phillip Island sealed his status as leader and Sepang became his way to the golden sixth crown.
Dovizioso became a true threat when he took the victory at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. And he did it again when he took the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone – it was one of the duels of the century. Few people have beaten Marquez on the last lap or last corner, and the italian guy made himself one of them. Motegi was another spectacular duel between the two, even in the pouring rain.
Now, it makes a statistic and a race that history will remember – then, it was the Italian simply using what he says is his key characteristic, and outthinking the opposition.
There are only three men who have overturned a deficit in the last races of the season:
- Jorge Lorenzo in 2015;
- Wayne Rainey did the same in 1992;
- ‘Kentucky Kid’, Nicky Hayden in 2006.
Sometimes a MOTOGP first place is decided by luck and circumstance. Other times by hard hard work and equipment. At Valencia, DesmoDovi will be hoping both and Marquez will do everything possible to keep his crown.
Marquez is going to be the youngest winner of six titles and the youngest winner of four in MotoGP™. We cannot forget that there are other two spanish good ones: Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team). And there is other young blood thirsty for a podium, Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) that has good results at Valencia.
Valentino Rossi cannot be counted out, and Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), is showing up really good. What I can say: this is an incredible season!
But for Marquez or Dovizioso – or both for opposing reasons – it will be more than a good memory in a photo album of 2017, or a milestone on the way to the next. It will be the day for one to continue rewriting the possible in the premier class since he took his first and rookie title at the same venue in 2013, or a doggedly-fought and definitive first MotoGP™ crown for the man who would be the oldest since Mick Doohan in 1998 to achieve the feat.
There will be just one king because the crown cannot be shared, so keep your eyes on next Sunday at 14:00 (GMT +1) when the battle will have place.