AP wire

Marquez takes pole, Dovizioso starts 9th in MotoGP finale

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CHESTE, Spain (AP) — Marc Marquez took pole position Saturday for the Valencia Grand Prix where the defending MotoGP champion has the chance to clinch his fourth title.

Andrea Dovizioso, the only rider who is still competing with Marquez for the championship, will start Sunday's race from ninth place.

Marquez can assure the title if he finishes 11th or better. Dovizioso's slim chances rest on him winning the race and hoping Marquez comes in 12th.

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