The 2017 MotoGP season will draw to a close Sunday at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Valencia. The season has ebbed and flowed with different riders and manufacturers passing the leadership baton. And now, with one race to go, the battle is between Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso; Honda v Ducati.
Marquez needs just five points to secure his fourth MotoGP crown in five years, while for Dovizioso only a win can give him a chance of the championship. Even were Marquez to no-score, second place for Dovizioso would leave him agonisingly short of the Spaniard by just one point. Marquez then is the hot favourite, but this is motorcycle racing and anything can happen.
The last time that Ducati won the championship was in 2007 with Casey stoner on board. Since then the championship has been the exclusive domain of Honda, 4 wins and Yamaha 5 wins. Stoner was also the last non-Spanish rider to win the championship when he claimed the title for Honda in 2011.