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Dovizioso takes Malaysia MotoGP win to set up title showdown

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Andrea Dovizioso charged to his sixth win of the 2017 MotoGP season for Ducati in Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix to set up a final-race showdown with Honda’s Marc Marquez in two weeks’ time.

Marquez needed to only finish ahead of Dovizioso to clinch his fourth MotoGP title at the Sepang International Circut, and made a rocket start to rise from seventh to third on the opening lap.

Tech3 racer Johann Zarco swept into the lead ahead of Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo and Marquez, with Dovizioso sitting fourth early on.

The Italian was able to pass his title rival on Lap 5 before following teammate Lorenzo in pursuit of Zarco, with the pair rising into the top two before half distance.

Lorenzo and Dovizioso pulled away from the chasing pack, with Ducati then giving an order for them to swap positions in order to help the latter’s title bid.

Lorenzo allowed Dovizioso past at the final corner with five laps remaining and held position to the checkered flag where 0.7 seconds separated them.

Zarco completed the podium behind the Ducatis as Marquez finished fourth, meaning the Spaniard will enter the final race of the year in Valencia with a 21-point lead.

A finish of 11th or higher will be enough to give Marquez the title in two weeks’ time, while Dovizioso must win the race to stand any chance of taking a maiden crown.

Pole-sitter Dani Pedrosa never recovered from a poor start, finishing fifth ahead of Danilo Petrucci, while Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales struggled to seventh and ninth respectively, split by Jack Miller. Pol Espargaro completed the top 10 for KTM.

The final race of MotoGP season takes place in Valencia, Spain on November 12.

Dakar Rally Stage 10 video highlights: Cars, Bikes, Trucks, Quads

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After Monday’s Stage 9 was washed out due to weather and impassable course conditions, the 40th Dakar Rally resumed with Stage 10 on Tuesday.

Several top competitors struggled during the course of the stage, with some even being eliminated due to crashes or injuries.

Here’s some of the best video action of the stage, as seen on NBCSN:

BIKES: Matthias Walkner wins Stage 10 of after a major shakeup.

CARS: Carlos Sainz plays it safe in Stage 10

Stephane Peterhansel took the overall stage win while Cars leader Carlos Sainz played it safe and came in third.

TRUCKS: The Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten wins the stage, but Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, who finished fourth Tuesday, continues to hold the overall lead.

 

QUADS: Nicolas Cavigliasso bests Gonzalez Ferioli in Stage 10, but Ignacio Casale continues to make a push for his second Dakar crown.

Stage 11 is Wednesday and runs from Belen, Argentina to Fiambala, Argentina.