2017 MotoGP Results Sunday from Valencia

Press Release | November 12, 2017
MotoGP podium: Zarco, Pedrosa and Marquez
MotoGP podium: Zarco, Pedrosa and Marquez. (Courtesy MotoGP)

In a stunningly dramatic and tense #FinalShowdown at Valencia, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) took his sixth world title and fourth MotoGP™ World Championship despite a huge front end moment into Turn 1 and a run off track, coming home third in the race to defend his crown. Title rival Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) similarly suffered a run off from P4, but the Italian was unable to save it and sadly crashed out of contention in the race and Championship.

At the front, the race was a duel to the line between Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Johann Zarco – with the race decided in favour of the Spaniard on final lap as Pedrosa pounced and defended to perfection for his second victory of the year.

Marquez got the holeshot from pole, with teammate Pedrosa slicing through from the second row to take over in second – and Zarco pushed down to third. Dovizioso made a good start to move up to sixth, then past Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and glued to the back of the second Ducati of Jorge Lorenzo.

Early on, Zarco took over in the lead – with Marquez seeing him coming and slotting into second. Pedrosa remained in third, with the two Ducati machines glued together around a second behind and the tense tick of the clock counting down.
After a Zarco error, a Marquez pass and then the Frenchman hitting back, laps ticked down before Marquez struck for the lead – and ran wide. Sliding on his knee for a stunning save into Turn 1, the reigning Champion headed for the gravel – but managed to rejoin, yet behind Dovizioso.

Lorenzo then bolted to chase down Pedrosa and Zarco ahead, before the Ducati Team rider went down suddenly – and just as suddenly, the dream was over for his teammate. A run off into the gravel that couldn’t be saved saw Dovizioso’s title hopes disappear after a nevertheless stunning season to take the runner up spot.

Dani Pedrosa vs Johann Zarco was then the duel for the win, with Pedrosa initially attacking at the final corner but the Frenchman able to hit back. As the last lap dawned, the Spaniard tucked in and then pounced into Turn 1, managing to hold off Zarco around the tight Circuit Ricardo Tormo Circuit to take his second victory of the season.

Marquez, back into the podium places after the falls ahead, kept his calm to the end to take third and the title, making him the youngest ever six-time World Champion and the youngest to take four premier class Championships.

Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) put in an impressive rookie ride into fourth, ahead of Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) after a more difficult race for the ‘Doctor’. Iannone dropped back slightly after a run off at Turn 1 to take sixth, ahead of a great final race with EG 0,0 Marc VDS for Jack Miller in P7. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) moved up after crashing out in Q1 and qualifying outside the top ten to cross the line in P8, with Michele Pirro (Ducati Team) putting in another solid wildcard appearance to come home in ninth. Tito Rabat (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) also impressed, locking out the top ten.

Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) rounded out the Austrian factory’s first season in the premier class in P11, and it was a tough weekend and final race of 2017 for third-placed in the Championship Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), as the Spaniard came home in P12. Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing), Karel Abraham (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) and Hector Barbera (Reale Avintia Racing) completed the points in the #FinalShowdown, with the dust settling around the dramatic final race as the flag flew.

That’s a wrap on a stunning season to savour, with 2017 having provided some of the most incredible racing ever seen. Marquez retains the crown, and Dovizioso fought to the end – and on Tuesday, the clock resets once again. #2018StartsNow.


Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) made it a stunning third time in a row for KTM to cheer him over the line in the lead at Valencia
Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) made it a stunning third time in a row for KTM to cheer him over the line in the lead at Valencia. (Courtesy MotoGP)

Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) made it a stunning third time in a row for KTM to cheer him over the line in the lead at Valencia, hunting down Champion Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) to pull clear for win number three on the bounce. Teammate Brad Binder made it another double podium for the Austrian factory, completing the podium for a third visit to the rostrum in a row.

It was both EG 0,0 Marc VDS riders dueling into Turn 1, and Alex Marquez emerged with the early lead from pole before Morbidelli was able to battle through and take over – leaving a three-way scrap for second between Marquez, Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) and Oliveira before a sudden crash for the Italian. Marquez then held firm ahead of the KTM rider for a number of laps before Oliveira and teammate Binder were able to both attack, with the Portuguese rider then focused forward on the hunt for Morbidelli and a third consecutive win.

With seven laps to go, Oliveira had his KTM glued to the Kalex of Morbidelli and the following lap saw the Portuguese rider slam through into the lead at Turn 4. Oliveira then unstoppable in the lead, the newly-crowned Champion was forced to follow the KTM rider home and say goodbye to the intermediate class in second. Binder completed the podium after proving able to pull away from those behind.

Rookie of the Year Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46) battled Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) for fifth before pulling away from the Malaysian rider and then catching Marquez; able to pass the rider from Cervera in the latter stages. The number 73 took P5, with Syahrin in P6.
Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) said goodbye to the intermediate class ahead of his graduation to MotoGP™ with seventh, ahead of a solid final rookie ride for Fabio Quartararo (Pons HP 40). Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing) crossed the line in P9 after making some late progress, with Dominique Aegerter (Kiefer Racing) completing the top ten as top Suter once again.

Axel Pons (RW Racing GP), Isaac Viñales (BE-A-VIP SAG Team), Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP), rookie Augusto Fernandez (Speed Up Racing) and Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Racing Team) locked out the points scorers in the season finale, bringing the curtain down on another stunning year of racing as the cava flows and another season appears on the horizon…with testing underway soon.
For Morbidelli and Nakagami, soon means Tuesday as they prepare to move up to the premier class.


Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) took a stunning maiden win at the Valencia GP
Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) took a stunning maiden win at the Valencia GP. (Courtesy MotoGP)

Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) took a stunning maiden win at the Valencia GP, launching into the lead from his ninth pole position of the year and then able to escape at the front. Over three seconds further back over the line, newly-crowned Champion Joan Mir put in the ride of his life for second – recovering from the tail end of the top twenty to complete the podium in a stunning final Moto3™ appearance. Marcos Ramirez (Platinum Bay Real Estate) completed the podium, just unable to overtake the Majorcan in the final sector but close at the flag.

It was Martin who got the holeshot from pole with Gabriel Rodrigo (RBA BOE Racing Team) slotting into second, but the Argentinean rider then slid out early and left the polesitter out front – and Joan Mir off track as the new Champion was forced to avoid the fallen rider ahead of him. Martin’s gap was then over two seconds to the chasing group behind, with the battle for second seeing a squabble break out and the Del Conca Gresini Moto3 rider able to take further advantage to pull clear.

There was sudden drama in that battle soon after as Fabio Di Giannantonio (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) clipped Marcos Ramirez on the start finish straight, with the Italian rider managing to stay clear of the traffic as he fell, rider ok. Mir was on the fight back behind, already having moved up from P19 to P11 within a handful of laps – but then with more than two seconds to make up to reach the top ten. Head down and focused forward, the Majorcan was in the podium battle with nine to go as he sliced through the field.

By five to go, Mir was in second and starting to cut the gap to leader Martin – but with such a margin, it would prove an impossible task. The Majorcan reeled him in but Martin was solid at the front as the laps ticked down to his first win, pulling a wheelie over the line to convert pole into victory on the ninth time of asking.

Behind Ramirez it was an Italian battle for fourth as Romano Fenati (Marinelli Rivacold Snipers) just beat Enea Bastianini (Estrella Galicia 0,0) in the former’s last Moto3™ appearance, with Juanfran Guevara (RBA BOE Racing) locking out the top six. It was a magnificent seventh position for reigning FIM CEV Repsol Moto3™ Junior World Champion Dennis Foggia (Sky Junior Team VR46 Academy) as he put in a wildcard appearance at the track he dominated at junior level, ahead of another stunning slice through the field from John McPhee (British Talent Team) on his final outing with the BTT squad.

Reigning Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Champion and wildcard Kazuki Masaki (Asia Talent Team) completed the top ten behind local hero Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0), with P12 taken by Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse), who fell back slightly at the start but took good points.
Bo Bendsneyder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) took thirteenth ahead of a good race for Ayumu Sasaki (SIC Racing Team) – who confirmed himself as Rookie of the Year – with Niccolo Antonelli (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Philipp Oettl (Südmetall Schedl GP Racing) locking out the points scorers in the season finale.

Now, there are those who regroup for another assault in 2018 and those who move up for a new challenge in Moto2™. And the new season is just around the corner


MotoGP Race Classification 2017 

Cheste, Sunday, November 12, 2017

1 25 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 156.2 46’08.125
2 20 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 156.2 +0.337
3 16 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 155.6 +10.861
4 13 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 155.4 +13.567
5 11 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 155.4 +13.817
6 10 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 155.4 +14.516
7 9 43 Jack MILLER AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 155.2 +17.087
8 8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 155.2 +17.230
9 7 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 154.8 +25.942
10 6 53 Tito RABAT SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 154.7 +27.020
11 5 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 154.5 +30.835
12 4 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 154.3 +35.012
13 3 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 154.1 +38.076
14 2 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 153.9 +41.988
15 1 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 153.6 +47.703
16 76 Loris BAZ FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 153.6 +47.709
17 60 Michael VAN DER MARK NED Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 153.3 +52.134
Not Classified
44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 153.6 5 Laps
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 150.4 5 Laps
99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team Ducati 156.2 6 Laps
22 Sam LOWES GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 151.4 8 Laps
19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 149.7 16 Laps
45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 151.7 26 Laps
41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 151.7 27 Laps
36 Mika KALLIO FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 148.0 28 Laps



1 25 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 149.9 43’15.843
2 20 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 149.8 +2.154
3 16 41 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 149.7 +4.181
4 13 42 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 149.3 +11.181
5 11 73 Alex MARQUEZ SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 149.2 +12.146
6 10 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Petronas Raceline Malaysia Kalex 149.1 +14.595
7 9 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 148.9 +18.446
8 8 40 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Pons HP40 Kalex 148.6 +22.188
9 7 24 Simone CORSI ITA Speed Up Racing Speed Up 148.6 +23.592
10 6 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Kiefer Racing Suter 148.6 +23.751
11 5 49 Axel PONS SPA RW Racing GP Kalex 148.3 +27.388
12 4 32 Isaac VIÑALES SPA BE-A-VIP SAG Team Kalex 148.2 +29.688
13 3 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Dynavolt Intact GP Suter 148.1 +31.442
14 2 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ SPA Speed Up Racing Speed Up 148.0 +32.933
15 1 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI ITA Forward Racing Team Kalex 148.0 +33.150
16 5 Andrea LOCATELLI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 148.0 +34.335
17 51 Eric GRANADO BRA Promoracing Kalex 147.9 +34.731
18 27 Iker LECUONA SPA Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex 147.6 +39.828
19 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 147.6 +39.940
20 57 Edgar PONS SPA Pons HP40 Kalex 147.5 +42.678
21 2 Jesko RAFFIN SWI Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex 147.5 +43.275
22 87 Remy GARDNER AUS Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 147.0 +51.990
23 10 Luca MARINI ITA Forward Racing Team Kalex 146.8 +54.931
24 6 Tarran MACKENZIE GBR Kiefer Racing Suter 146.0 +1’09.494
25 89 Khairul Idham PAWI MAL IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 146.0 +1’10.070
26 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA JPN Teluru SAG Team Kalex 144.7 +1’33.876
Not Classified
97 Xavi VIERGE SPA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 148.8 11 Laps
9 Jorge NAVARRO SPA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex 147.5 16 Laps
11 Sandro CORTESE GER Dynavolt Intact GP Suter 147.0 19 Laps
19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex 143.9 20 Laps
88 Ricard CARDUS SPA CarXpert Interwetten Kalex 147.1 21 Laps
62 Stefano MANZI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 142.1 25 Laps



1 25 88 Jorge MARTIN SPA Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda 144.0 40’02.193
2 20 36 Joan MIR SPA Leopard Racing Honda 143.8 +3.760
3 16 42 Marcos RAMIREZ SPA Platinum Bay Real Estate KTM 143.8 +3.877
4 13 5 Romano FENATI ITA Marinelli Rivacold Snipers Honda 143.8 +3.953
5 11 33 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 143.8 +3.999
6 10 58 Juanfran GUEVARA SPA RBA BOE Racing Team KTM 143.7 +4.940
7 9 10 Dennis FOGGIA ITA Sky Junior Team VR46 Academy KTM 143.7 +4.735
8 8 17 John MCPHEE GBR British Talent Team Honda 143.7 +5.071
9 7 44 Aron CANET SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 143.7 +5.218
10 6 39 Kazuki MASAKI JPN Asia Talent Team Honda 143.6 +6.462
11 5 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 143.6 +6.544
12 4 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NED Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 143.6 +6.633
13 3 71 Ayumu SASAKI JPN SIC Racing Team Honda 143.5 +8.687
14 2 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI ITA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 143.0 +16.100
15 1 65 Philipp OETTL GER Südmetall Schedl GP Racing KTM 143.0 +16.156
16 16 Andrea MIGNO ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 143.0 +16.263
17 7 Adam NORRODIN MAL SIC Racing Team Honda 143.0 +16.398
18 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot 142.0 +33.128
19 95 Jules DANILO FRA Marinelli Rivacold Snipers Honda 142.0 +33.807
20 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA ITA Aspar Mahindra Moto3 Mahindra 142.0 +34.360
21 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT THA Honda Team Asia Honda 142.0 +34.629
22 96 Manuel PAGLIANI ITA CIP Mahindra 142.0 +34.403
23 75 Albert ARENAS SPA Aspar Mahindra Moto3 Mahindra 141.9 +34.958
24 27 Kaito TOBA JPN Honda Team Asia Honda 141.9 +35.730
25 14 Tony ARBOLINO ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 141.7 +39.331
26 6 Maria HERRERA SPA MH6 Team KTM 141.3 +46.209
27 11 Livio LOI BEL Leopard Racing Honda 141.0 +51.534
28 12 Marco BEZZECCHI ITA CIP Mahindra 139.5 +1’17.109
29 4 Patrik PULKKINEN FIN Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot 133.0 1 Lap
Not Classified
21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO ITA Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda 132.0 17 Laps
19 Gabriel RODRIGO ARG RBA BOE Racing Team KTM 140.6 22 Laps