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Dovizioso win takes Marquez title bid to wire


By John Anderson

Marc Marquez's quest for a fourth Moto GP world championship in five seasons will go to the final race of the year after he finished fourth in Malaysia.

Andrea Dovizioso's victory at the Sepang circuit reduced his rival's advantage to 21 points, but with only 25 points available to the winner in Valencia in a fortnight's time the Italian appears to have only delayed the inevitable.

Ducati recorded their first one-two of the season after Dovizioso overtook team-mate Jorge Lorenzo with four laps to go to claim his sixth win of the campaign, with Johann Zarco holding off Marquez to take third.

Dovizioso has not ruled out the possibility of winning his maiden title, however.

"The points are the reality and you can't change the reality," he told his post-race press conference.

"Even with what Marquez did this weekend, with a difficult weekend, he didn't fall - so for me to gain 21 points, something has to happen.

"But the pressure for sure is quite heavy."

Result: 1 Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 44mins 51.497secs, 2 Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Ducati 44:56.240, 3 Johann Zarco (Fra) Yamaha 45:01.235, 4 Marc Marquez (Spa) Honda 45:09.260, 5 Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Honda 45:20.641, 6 Danilo Petrucci (Ita) Ducati 45:21.877, 7 Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 45:22.266, 8 Jack Miller (Aus) Honda 45:26.735, 9 Maverick Vinales (Spa) Yamaha 45:29.550, 10 Pol Espargaro (Spa) KTM 45:31.344.

Leading World Championship Standings: 1 Marc Marquez (Spa) Honda 282pts, 2 Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 261, 3 Maverick Vinales (Spa) Yamaha 219, 4 Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 197, 5 Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Honda 185, 6 Johann Zarco (Fra) Yamaha 154, 7 Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Ducati 137, 8 Danilo Petrucci (Ita) Ducati 121, 9 Cal Crutchlow (Gbr) Honda 104, 10 Jonas Folger (Ger) Yamaha 84

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