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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.

Eriksson snatches Macau Formula 3 pole from Norris

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Joel Eriksson snatched pole position for Saturday’s qualifying race ahead of the Macau Grand Prix after a thrilling fight with McLaren youngster Lando Norris and Ferrari junior Callum Ilott.

Norris headed into the second stage of qualifying on provisional pole after lapping almost a second faster than any other driver in Thursday’s first opening session, and remained in contention early in Q2.

Norris was the first driver to dip into the 2:10s with a time of 2:10.744, only for Eriksson to go 0.024 seconds faster minutes later and snatch pole away.

Despite a later effort to try and reclaim pole, Norris was unable to improve his time, and opted to remain in the pits for the final five minutes of the session after using up his allocated tires.

Ilott was the final driver to put in a serious bid for pole position, falling 0.09 seconds short with his final qualifying lap to sit third on the grid for the qualifying race.

Maximilian Gunther claimed fourth place for Prema Powerteam ahead of Ferdinand Habsburg and Dan Ticktum, with Mick Schumacher taking P7.

Yuhi Sekiguchi wound up eighth despite a late crash that brought out a red flag, while Sergio Sette Camara and Guanyu Zhou completed the top 10 positions in qualifying.

Saturday’s qualifying race will help form the grid for Sunday’s main event, the 64th Macau Grand Prix.