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Well it's here the last race of this season :( MM93 as we know has already repeated as world champion!! Now it's on for P2, Vale has a good lead (12 points) Dani is out for this battle, too bad really. May the best man/Yam win :thumbup:

Circuit info
Length: 4.005 m / 2.489 miles
Width: 12m
Left corners: 9
Right corners: 5
Longest straight: 876 m / 0.544 miles
Constructed: 1999

Introduction: The Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana was completed in 1999 and held rounds of the MotoGP and Spanish Motorcycle Championships in the same year. The Cheste track has several layouts, running anti-clockwise with varying lengths. MotoGP events are held on a 4km track comprising of five right handed corners, eight left handers and a 650m straight. Although the track is regarded as quite small, the pit complex contains 48 garages whilst the stadium style grandstands can seat up to 150,000 spectators. The circuit layout which allows all parts of the circuit to be seen from any stand helps to create a unique atmosphere enjoyed by Spanish and international riders alike and as the last race of the season there is always a party feeling to the Grand Prix, which was voted best GP of 2005 by IRTA.

Fastest Lap 2013 Marc MARQUEZ (SPA) Honda 1'30.237 159.7 km/h
Circuit Record 2013 Dani PEDROSA (SPA) Honda 1'31.628 157.3 km/h
Best Pole 2013 Marc MARQUEZ (SPA) Honda 1'30.237 159.7 km/h
Top Speed 2013 Dani PEDROSA (SPA) Honda 328.3 km/h

Current Points:
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 337
2 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 275
3 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 263

4 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 230
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 174
6 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha SPA 126
7 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 119
8 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha SPA 117
9 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 109
10 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 102
11 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 89
12 Scott REDDING Honda GBR 75
13 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 67
14 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati GBR 63
15 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati COL 53
16 Nicky HAYDEN Honda USA 44
17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda CZE 33
18 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 21
19 Alex DE ANGELIS Forward Yamaha RSM 14
21 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha USA 11
22 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 11
24 Michael LAVERTY PBM GBR 9
25 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia FRA 9
26 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA Yamaha JPN 4
27 Leon CAMIER Honda GBR 1

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Rossi and Lorenzo contest second as champion Marquez arrives home
This year will be the 16th Valencia GP, which has been held every year since the first visit in 1999 and indeed this is the 13th successive year that the Ricardo Tormo circuit has hosted the final race of the season.

Last year Marquez arrived at the Spanish track for the final round looking to become the youngest ever premier class World Champion and this time he arrives in a more relaxed mood, having made history this season with his incredible performances to become the youngest ever back-to-back title winner at the top level.

The win by Marquez in Malaysia at the penultimate round was his 12th victory this year, equaling the record for most wins in the premier class in a single season, held by Mick Doohan since 1997. Another triumph would see Marquez take the record outright, with the Repsol Honda rider having already also set a record of 13 premier class poles in a season last time out at Sepang.

Spanish riders have won the last 10 MotoGP races on Spanish soil and the last non-Spanish rider to win a MotoGP race in Spain was Casey Stoner at Jerez in 2012.

The task for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s nine time World Champion Rossi is to end that run, which would also see him clinch second place in the 2014 World Championship over his teammate Lorenzo, who trails him by 12 points as they head to Valencia.

Meanwhile, Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa is out of the race for second but could well be a contender for victory on Sunday. Pedrosa is the most successful rider at the Valencia circuit with six wins, three in MotoGP, two in 250cc, and one in the 125cc class. No other rider has had more than three GP wins at the Valencia circuit.

Since the introduction of the four-stroke MotoGP formula in 2002, Honda has been the most successful manufacturer at Valencia with seven wins, whilst Yamaha has had three and Ducati two.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) will do his best to add to the Italian manufacturer’s Valencia win tally, with the Italian rider set to race alongside his British colleague Cal Crutchlow for the last time this weekend. Crutchlow will head to the CWM-LCR Honda Team for 2015 and in the post Valencia test next week he will get his first ride with his new squad.

Sunday’s race will also see the battle for sixth place overall come to a head, with Monster Yamaha Tech 3 teammates Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith, in addition to Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) and Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP), all in contention.

Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) still has an outside chance of taking sixth but it would require a race win from the Italian on his return from injury, after he missed the Sepang contest due to a severe contusion to his left arm. Pol Espargaro will have checks on his injured foot this week but is expected to be fit to race.

Only two riders have competed at all 15 previous Grand Prix events at the Valencia circuit. Rossi is one of them and Randy de Puniet is the other, with the Frenchman set to extend that run of appearances with a wild card ride for Suzuki as the Japanese factory prepares to return to MotoGP in 2015.

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The Miller Marquez #'s
Below are the scenarios with regard to the World Championship title:

- If Miller wins the race, Marquez needs to finish on the podium to become World Champion

- If Miller finishes second, Marquez needs to finish sixth or better to become World Champion

- If Miller finishes third, Marquez needs to finish 10th or better to become World Champion

- If Miller finishes fourth, Marquez needs to finish 13th or better to become World Champion

- If Miller finishes fifth, Marquez needs to finish 15th or better to become World Champion

- If Miller does not finish in the top five, Marquez will become World Champion.

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Chapter ending for Bautista and Redding with new challenges ahead
The Gresini team are set to make the switch to Aprilia bikes for 2015, with current rider Alvaro Bautista on board, whilst his colleague Redding will move on to a new challenge next season riding a factory specification Honda RC213V for Marc VDS Racing Team as they move up to the premier class.

Fresh from an unlucky race at Sepang, where he was forced to retire after being hit by another rider after just two laps, Bautista will try to finish a difficult season with a good result in front of his home crowd. In the last two years, the Spaniard has finished in the top five in the season finale at Valencia - fourth in 2012 and fifth in 2013.

Bautista commented, “We head to Valencia after a long and really difficult season. Of course we will try to end the year in the best possible way, even if there is not much to say, given the recent results. It seems that this is not our season, definitely! We struggled with a lot of problems and we also suffered bad luck in the last race at Sepang, with a crash on the second lap in which we were involved with no faults. Simply, we have to wait and see what will be the situation after the first free practice, then we will give our best, as always”.

His teammate Redding, meanwhile, will try to defend the top position in the standings among the riders aboard the Open Class Honda RCV1000R.

The English rookie, who has 75 points in total - thanks to 15 point scoring finishes from 17 races - counts on an eight point advantage over Hiroshi Aoyama, his closest Open Honda rival in the championship.

Redding stated, “We expect another tough battle. We will try to confirm ourselves once again as that the best Open Class Honda, which would mean also keeping the first position in the championship among the riders aboard the RCV1000R machine. This is our goal and it would be nice to end the season achieving it.”

HRC announce Aoyama as test rider for 2015
The first step of this new project will see Aoyama riding the new Honda Open Class bike with a pneumatic valve engine, the RC213V-RS, in Valencia this weekend - for his final race with the Drive M7 Aspar team.

In next week’s three-day test at Valencia the 2015 RC213V-RS machine will be shared between Karel Abraham and Nicky Hayden.

Shuhei Nakamoto, HRC Executive Vice President, commented, "We are very pleased to confirm Hiro as a test rider for next year. He’s done a very good job this year and especially in these final races. This is an important project for HRC and we believe that he will be a valued addition for the development of HRC machines in the future. We have a long relationship with Hiro, and we look forward to continuing this into the future."

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I am really looking forward to seeing the Suzuki wildcard.
Me too! gsx double r yayyyy!!!

I hope for the love of God De Puniet doesn't crash the Suzuki. Please keep it upright De Puniet! Really looking forward to it too.

Also hoping for a Vale win and a fight to the line without crashes!
and this is why they decided to not sign De Puniet for next year. go vale go!!!

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I want to know the number for what it will take for VR to take the runner up title.

He is ahead by 12 points, so he doesn't need to place in front of Lorenzo

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I want to know the number for what it will take for VR to take the runner up title.

He is ahead by 12 points, so he doesn't need to place in front of Lorenzo
only way Vale will not take P2 overall is if he finishes worse than 4th, this is of course with JL99 winning. if he takes 4th it's a tie in which case Vale still takes it in a tie breaker. So P5 for Vale with JL99 winning then Lorenzo takes it

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Rossi evaluates title chances for 2015
Rossi has produced another remarkable set of performances in 2014, improving on his 2013 form with 12 podiums and two victories this year – in his 15th premier class campaign.

The nine-time World Champion believes a tenth World title is achievable and gave this assessment of his chances, “I think that it is not impossible next year. This is the target and I say that because we can improve from this year to next year. Already the work for next year started, throughout all this season, in fact from the last test of last season. We have demonstrated good potential already.”

“I think I can improve next year, especially my team and especially Silvano (Galbusera - Crew Chief) with one year more of experience. He can improve because he knows MotoGP better. We can also improve the way of working between us because it has just been the first season. I know him better now and he knows me more, and the way I want the bike.”

However, Rossi also acknowledged, “But at the same time it will be very, very hard, because firstly I expect Jorge to be very strong from the beginning. At the beginning of this year he had some problems but from Sachsening he’s been so strong at all the tracks, so he is a real contender. Then with Marc we cannot forget that he won 12 races this year. That is ten more than me and he has a lot of points advantage!”

“So to try to fight for the championship with these two guys we have to make another step. I will try.”

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FP1 Results:
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 325.0 1'31.296
2 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 322.5 1'31.489 0.193 / 0.193
3 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 316.9 1'31.640 0.344 / 0.151
4 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 329.0 1'31.647 0.351 / 0.007
5 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 324.6 1'31.767 0.471 / 0.120
6 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 323.7 1'32.019 0.723 / 0.252
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 324.3 1'32.071 0.775 / 0.052
8 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 322.5 1'32.153 0.857 / 0.082
9 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 325.3 1'32.155 0.859 / 0.002
10 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 322.0 1'32.499 1.203 / 0.344
11 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 327.2 1'32.544 1.248 / 0.045
12 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 320.7 1'32.698 1.402 / 0.154
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 322.2 1'32.700 1.404 / 0.002
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 324.7 1'32.711 1.415 / 0.011
15 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 324.9 1'32.837 1.541 / 0.126
16 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Team Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 306.5 1'33.345 2.049 / 0.508
17 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 309.2 1'33.473 2.177 / 0.128
18 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 325.9 1'33.523 2.227 / 0.050
19 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 311.5 1'33.533 2.237 / 0.010
20 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 323.8 1'33.711 2.415 / 0.178
21 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 309.8 1'33.820 2.524 / 0.109
22 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 312.9 1'33.974 2.678 / 0.154
23 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 312.3 1'34.393 3.097 / 0.419
24 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 306.9 1'35.276 3.980 / 0.883
25 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 305.8 1'35.607 4.311 / 0.331

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Marquez moves ahead in final stages of morning practice
Repsol Honda rider Marquez goes in search of a record 13th premier class win in a single season this weekend and he started the final round of the season in good shape as he dislodged Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) from P1 by 0.193s at the end of the session. Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) trailed Marquez by 0.344s in third.

Also inside the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana FP1 top five were Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), both within half a second of Marquez’s best time.

Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing), Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Ducati wild card Michele Pirro were all in the top ten.

Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) was 15th on his return from injury and wild card Randy de Puniet (Team Suzuki MotoGP) was 16th as he debuted the GSX-RR, just over two seconds off the pace

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Marquez the pace setter as final round gets underway
Marquez’s (Repsol Honda Team) time of 1’31.296 from the morning session was the fastest of the day, with Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) second best overall courtesy of a 1’31.489 lap. Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was third fastest on Friday courtesy of his best lap from FP2, which was less than 0.1s off Lorenzo’s pace.

Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) were both in Friday’s top five, which featured a real mix of manufacturers and technical packages.

Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team), Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP), Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) completed the top ten.

Wild card Randy de Puniet (Team Suzuki MotoGP) improved by over a second towards the end of the FP2 session, before a technical fault with the GSX-RR saw him pull over at trackside with smoke pouring from engine. He was 19th overall.

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"Wild card Randy de Puniet (Team Suzuki MotoGP) improved by over a second towards the end of the FP2 session, before a technical fault with the GSX-RR saw him pull over at trackside with smoke pouring from engine. He was 19th overall. "

oh boy....
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