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Champion at the last race: here's when Valencia decided the MotoGP title

As in 2022, it will be the last Round of the season that will decide the World Champion of the Top class. Here are all the previous times when the title was awarded in the last race of the year

MotoGP: Champion at the last race: here's when Valencia decided the MotoGP title

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For the first time in the MotoGP era, it will be the last race of the season that will award the title of World Champion of the MotoGP premier class for two consecutive years. Just as happened in 2022, it will in fact be the Round at the Ricardo Tormo in Valencia that will decide the fate of the championship, decreeing the winner of the World Championship. Although these are the most recent cases, these are not the only occasions when the MotoGP title has been awarded in the last Round of the year. Here are all the previous ones:

2006 - It was Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden who contended for the title in Valencia in the first and only race won by Troy Bayliss in MotoGP, replacing Sete Gibernau on the Desmosedici of the factory Ducati Marlboro team. Valentino boasted an eight-point lead over the American rider on race eve, but lost the title by five points due to a crash. Rejoining the race, Rossi crossed the line 13th, while Hayden finished third behind the Australian and Loris Capirossi. 

2013 - Leading the championship, rookie Marc Marquez arrived at the last race of the year in Valencia with a 13-point lead over Grand Prix winner Jorge Lorenzo. However, race success was not enough for the Mallorcan to snatch the crown from Marquez, who captured the first of his six MotoGP titles by finishing third.

2015 - Valentino Rossi came into the Valencia GP with a seven-point lead over Jorge Lorenzo, but Rossi had to start from the back of the grid due to the penalty he received after the "Sepang clash" with Marc Marquez. Lorenzo took the win and the title, while Rossi finished fourth.

2017 - Marc Marquez arrived at the Ricardo Tormo with a 21-point lead over Andrea Dovizioso. Despite a slip in Turn 1 in an attempt to pass Johann Zarco, the Spanish rider managed to win the title, taking advantage of a crash by Dovizioso.

2022 - Francesco Bagnaia arrived at the last Round in Valencia with a 23-point margin over Fabio Quartararo, having recovered 91 points over his rival. All he needed to win the title would have been to finish in the Top 14, and he did so by crossing the finish line in ninth place.

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