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Marquez and Dovizioso eye prize in dramatic MotoGP finale


By Roy Harris

The MotoGP season comes to what should be a dramatic conclusion in Valencia tomorrow with the championship still to be decided between Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso - Spain versus Italy, Repsol Honda versus Ducati - with a big crowd set to enjoy the confrontation.

With one race to decide everything, Marquez is in the driving seat 21 points ahead of Dovizioso, the simple mathematics being that to win the title, Dovi must win the race and Marquez finish outside the top 12 - but this is motorcycle racing and just about anything can happen.

After yesterday's opening practice Jorge Lorenzo was fastest, from Dani Pedrosa, Dovizioso, Johann Zarco and Marquez, who suffered his 26th crash of the season in the final moments of free practice, emerging unscathed.

Locally, meanwhile, Josh Elliott from Ballinamallard is to return to the Morello Racing team for another crack at the British Superstock 1000cc Championship next year, a title he won with the team in 2015.

Elliott missed the start of the 2017 season having not secured a ride, but joined up with the Tyco BMW team as replacement rider following Ian Hutchinson's TT accident.

He also had a few outings on the team's Superbike when Christian Iddon was injured.

Elliott said: "I'm delighted to have a deal sorted so early and to be back with Morello Racing.

"They have given me the opportunity to win a second title," he continued.

"Danny Buchan won the title for them this year, so I have seen first-hand what the Kawasaki can do.

"I can't wait to go testing and get the ball rolling," added a happy Elliott.

Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club, in raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, asked all riders at this year's Race of Legends to sign a shirt, which was then framed and auctioned in a sealed bid event.

The club have announced that David Boyd from Kia Roadside Motors in Coleraine was the winning bidder and handed the money over to the local Macmillan Cancer Support group.

The Dromara Destroyers Tribute Motorcycle Show, in association with Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, continues today in Lagan Valley Leisure Centre between 10am and 5pm with the supported charity the NI Air Ambulance.

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