The Malaysian Grand Prix is now history and the championship is still alive for the last round in Valencia in two weeks. Controversy and polemics were the main topic in Malaysia, as we saw two years ago, but this time it was between both Ducati riders.
Dani Pedrosa started on pole ahead of Zarco and Dovizioso on the front row. Marc Marquez started from seventh and dived up the inside, late on the brakes at the opening corner and was up to second. Pedrosa had a poor start but stayed in the top three, before the fast starting Ducati of Lorenzo passed both Repsol Honda’s later on lap 1. Zarco took the lead.
Johann Zarco ended the first lap in the lead with Lorenzo and Marquez in second and third. Dovizioso overtook Dani Pedrosa at the penultimate corner. Bradley Smith started on row six, and found his way to sixth, battling with Alex Rins.
Dovizioso caught and overtook Marquez at Turn 14, then he ran wide at the final corner allowing Marquez to go back through, Dovi cut inside and nearly collided with his title rival.
Dovizioso finally secured third at Turn 4, as he broke later than the Spaniard and swooped up the inside.
Alex Rins crashed out from sixth place at Turn 1, after losing the back-end of his bike mid corner, he re-joined at the back of the field.
Lorenzo then caught and overtook Zarco on Lap 9, his Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso immediately followed him past the French rider, putting a bike between himself and his rival Marc Marquez.
Jorge Lorenzo had a massive moment at Turn 15, with five laps to go. This mistake meant he ran wide and allowed his teammate through and into the lead.
Andrea Dovizioso won the race and took his sixth victory of the season, ahead of teammate Lorenzo, while Zarco joined them on the podium after securing third. Marquez finished in fourth. This meant the title would be decided in Valencia, with Dovi 21 points behind.
The top 10 were as follows: Dovizioso, Lorenzo, Zarco, Marquez, Pedrosa, Petrucci, Rossi, Miller, Vinales and Pol Espagaro.
The next and final round of the 2017 Motorcycle Grand Prix Championship will be held at Valencia on the 12th November. Marquez in the favourite for the title, as only a 11th place finish at the finale would get Marquez his sixth championship across all three categories.
Special thanks to DanMac who wrote this report and helped us this time that we don’t have time to make the comic due work reasons. Thank you.