The emergence of Andrea Dovizioso as Marc Marquez's main challenger for the 2017 MotoGP title was a shock to everybody - even Marquez. A lot transpired to make his transition to Ducati's surprise team leader possible…
Although the Valencia finale provided a fittingly dramatic conclusion to this most exceptional of MotoGP seasons, it wasn't quite the fairytale ending for Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati for which many fans had been hoping.
It was always going to be a tall order for Dovizioso to beat Marc Marquez, faced with that mammoth 21-point deficit and a Ricardo Tormo circuit around which Honda held a decisive edge over Ducati's Desmosedici. He inevitably fell short.
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