Honda won't use team orders - Marquez

Honda won't use team orders - Marquez
By AutoSport

01/11/2017 at 14:17Updated

Marc Marquez insists Honda will not use team orders in his MotoGP title decider with Andrea Dovizioso at Valencia.

Marquez had his first opportunity to clinch a fourth premier class crown last weekend at Sepang, but could only come fourth as Dovizioso ensured the title race goes to the final round with victory.

Dovizioso needs to win at Valencia and hope that Marquez finishes outside of the top 11.

Ducati employed team orders at Sepang, asking Jorge Lorenzo to let Dovizioso take the race lead, but Marquez ruled out Honda making any requests of his team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

"In Valencia, there won't be team orders inside Honda," said Marquez.

"The best team order would be Dani winning there.

"He has to give his 100 percent. It is one of the best circuits for him as he's very fast there and could win.

"I will try to give my best in all practice sessions and then, in the warm-up, let's see where we are and what we are able to do.

"I won't start the race to finish just 11th."

Although Lorenzo did not see Ducati's dashboard instruction to let Dovizioso past, he said he was aware of the delicate championship situation and did not need telling to allow his team-mate through.

Marquez says he "would have done the same" in Lorenzo's position.

"You could be fighting for a victory, but your team-mate and your manufacturer are fighting for the title," he said.

"Those are things difficult to accept, but are part of our job."

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