Audi owned Ducati Course has a chance to win its first MotoGP championship in a decade.
Not since Casey Stoner departed at the end of the 2007 season has Ducati been this close to a MotoGP championship. Heading into this weekend’s final race at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso still has a mathematical chance at winning his first MotoGP championship. Unfortunately, his destiny lay in Marc Marquez’s hands.
Marquez is shooting for his fourth world title in his fifth season of MotoGP competition, should he take the crown on Sunday it would make him the most successful Spanish motorcycle racer of all time. Dovizioso trails Marquez by 21 points, so with 25 points available for a victory Dovi needs to win and hope for misfortune to befall the superhuman Spaniard to be in with a chance. But like the late, great, Nicky Hayden used to say, anything can happen on Sunday.
Winning the race isn’t enough for Ducati though, he needs Marquez to finish no better than twelfth place, which would leave the pair level on points. In the event of a tie, the championship would then be awarded to the rider with the most number of victories in 2017. Currently, Dovi and Marc are tied with 6 victories apiece, should Dovizioso win the race with Marquez in P12, Ducati would win on countback.
However, is Dovizioso doesn’t win the race Marquez wins the championship regardless.
The odds aren’t great for Ducati. In Dovi’s previous 15 races at Valencia, he’s only finished on the podium twice, while Marquez sports two wins and three podiums, and hasn’t finished worse than fourth since his second year on a 125cc bike in 2009.