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Moto GP Round 18 Valencia ***SPOILER***

So it's come down to this, a season full of drama, crashes, and pure excitement. The 20 year old rookie Marc Marquez leads the points and only needs a 4th place or better to take the 2013 Title. Jorge Lorenzo has given his ALL and has battled this year through injuries and had a perfect race in Motegi, he will need to win the race and hope Marc makes a mistake for him to repeat as world champion. This is going to be a great final race, not as close as Moto3 lol but it should be good nonetheless


It’s the reigning champion against the 20-year-old upstart. It’s Yamaha Factory Racing versus Repsol Honda Team. It’s Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez. And of course it’s 99 versus 93. There are more than six numbers between them, though…
To start with, Marquez has clearly mastered the challenge of a Saturday, having managed no less than eight pole positions including four on the spin between Silverstone and Sepang. Podiums haven’t been sparse, either, with 15 for the 20-year-old in comparison with 13 for the 26-year-old. However, it is Lorenzo who has more wins to his name (seven to six) and has led many more laps (208 to 82!).
When it comes to falls and crashes, there is a real element of irony involved. Lorenzo may have badly injured his collarbone twice and missed the race in Germany as a consequence, but he has crashed only three times this year in comparison with Marquez’s 15 mishaps. However, the Cervera man has made the most of his races and only crashed at Mugello; injuries have been sustained, but nothing on Lorenzo’s level.
Marquez also leads the way when it comes to points…penalty points, that is. His racing licence is marked with three of them: just one away from a costly back-of-the-grid penalty. With this in mind, the Honda rider may elect to adopt an element of caution in order to avoid any discrepancy across the duration of the race weekend.
And so: it has been seven years since the title last went right down to the wire. Back then, Rossi headed to the Ricardo Tormo circuit with an eight-point cushion back to Hayden, but an unexpected fall from number 46 left him an unlucky 13th by the time the chequered flag flew. The title was Hayden’s as the Kentucky Kid finished third.
This time around, a single fourth place is all Marquez requires, regardless of whether Lorenzo wins the race or not. Although sometimes that is easier said than done. One race remains out of 18 and the title battle is still wide open. Place your bets…

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AFTER WINNING THERE FIRST TITLES IN THERE RESPECTIVE CATEGORIES. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT...


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Stefan Bradl is confident of returning to full health for the season-closing Grand Prix of Valencia, having ridden to fifth place in Japan on Sunday despite suffering pain.

Jorge Lorenzo’s impressive win in the Japanese Grand Prix marked a significant milestone for Yamaha as the Japanese marque celebrated its 200th race victory in the premier class of the World Championship.

Casey Stoner has come to the end of a three-day test at Japan’s Sportsland Sugo circuit, run between Monday and Wednesday. The two-time MotoGP™ World Champion worked on the 2013 and 2014 RC213V Honda prototype machines


Valencia Circuit
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.





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Current Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 318
2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 305
3 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 264
4 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 214
5 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 179
6 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 147
7 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 135
8 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 127
9 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 111
10 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 99
11 Aleix ESPARGARO ART SPA 88
12 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 55
13 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 50
14 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki USA 36
15 Randy DE PUNIET ART FRA 33
16 Hector BARBERA FTR SPA 31
17 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter ITA 24
18 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati COL 20
19 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR JPN 13
20 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki ITA 11
21 Ben SPIES Ducati USA 9
22 Alex DE ANGELIS Ducati RSM 5
23 Karel ABRAHAM ART CZE 5
24 Michael LAVERTY PBM GBR 3
25 Bryan STARING FTR Honda AUS 2
26 Javier DEL AMOR FTR SPA 1

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some pics from this season, end of the day these guys are both superior riders, and prob both very competitive, but i'm sure they have a mutual respect for each other. JL has what it takes to be a world champion, ive never seen a more consistent rider before, and man can he get the hole shot or what, every race it seems he's leading into the first corner and not all from pole. What can I say about Marquez, he has exceeded EVERYONES expectation this year, I remember the first race comments, we all thought he'd maybe win a race or 2 and maybe get on the podium etc etc. The only person that prob isn't surprised by his success is prob himself, guy has a crazy determination to be the BEST he can be no matter what it takes. Which leads us to the last race of the year!!









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Should be a good race, with plenty to win and plenty to loose...

Will be interesting to see the sportsmanship displayed by the two of them at the end of the race! God only knows you won't see much from Pedrosa...

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I hope you guys have enjoyed these race threads, i try to get the most up to date info i can, and of course post result when they're avil, thx again Moe, Nico and whomever else for adding info / results when i'm not avail to do so. I will try my best to start up again next year, cheers MotoGP Fans
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I'll be headed to Valencia next week to see the race live. I have pit passes which should lend me some pretty good photo opportunities -- I'll post what I can here.

Championship down to two Spaniards in Spain..... this is going to be a show for sure.
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Also to note: This year, Valencia hosts the first final-race MotoGP™ title-decider since 2006. Back then, it was Hayden versus Rossi. This time, it’s Marquez versus Lorenzo and one gets the impression that we are yet to witness the last surprise…
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Comunitat Valenciana
Valencia MotoGP Circuit The traditional finale of the MotoGP season, the Ricardo Tormo circuit at Valencia in Spain also hosts the World Superbike championship, usually the opening European round of the season.

Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana
Round 18 – 10/11/2013
Other than its 876m main straight, it’s a tight and twisty track – nine lefts and five rights – and is set in a natural bowl with grandstands that offer views of virtually the entire 4.005km length. The circuit is just 23km from the centre of one of Europe’s most dynamic cities and even less distant (18km) from the international airport.

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Circuit Information
First race 1999
GPs held 14
Laps 30
Race distance 120.150km / 74.670 miles
Track length 4.005km / 2.489 miles
Track width 12m
Longest straight 0.876km / 0.544 miles
Corners 14 (5 right, 9 left)
Pole position Right
Circuit Records
Pole position 1m 30.844s (158.711km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2012)
Race lap 1m 32.582s (155.732km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2008)
Race time 46m 43.533s (154.283km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2007)
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Testing - Sugo - 30/10/2013
HRC test rider and two time World Champion Casey Stoner has completed a gruelling three day test at Sportsland Sugo, Miyagi Prefecture. On this occasion the testing was held in good conditions with rain arriving only after lunch on day three, when the test programme was completed.

The 3.737 km facility played host to the HRC test team as Casey worked on the 2013 and 2014 RC213V prototype machine. He tested various items including a new frame and new engine. However, he did not have time to complete more test time on the Production Racer, instead these duties were left to Takumi Takahsahi.
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CASEY STONER“It’s been quite a good three days and we got a lot of track time considering it gets dark and cold here quite quickly! We had a busy test schedule based on the current 2013 bike and an updated version of the 2014 bike. Both have some very positive aspects and we’re just trying to get a better understanding of them. It was a little tricky to get a true feeling here in Sugo as we had no comparison - with it being the first time we’ve ridden here. All in all it was a good test and the first time we’ve not been interrupted by rain!”
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We all know without the Gird Girls the Races ain't that HOT so here is a look back with Valencia 2012



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Google Map link, not as exciting as Motegi lol, cool to just look around though, think ill include the google maps link and the After the flag segments for next year

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Marc Marquez insists he is not worried about Jorge Lorenzo's run of form heading into what the MotoGP championship decider at Valencia.

Marquez has won only once in the past six races, while Lorenzo has triumphed four times, and he was also disqualified for a pit infringement at Phillip Island. As a result, a 44-point lead over Lorenzo has been trimmed to 13 with one race left.

The Spanish rookie admits he was unable to live with Lorenzo's pace last time out at Motegi, but says his desire was also limited by his still-healthy championship margin.

"In the race [at Motegi] I had good confidence from the beginning, but then every lap I felt more on the limit," he said. "I tried to overtake Jorge but I saw that there was too much risk and then in the end when he pushed a little bit more I felt I was too much on the limit.

"I had two big moments and then I said, 'OK, it's much better to take 20 points for the championship,' Now Valencia will be interesting. I must just concentrate on my job, on my bike and try to do my best.

"We cannot forget that it's my first season and that [the title] was not the target but, anyway, we will try 100 percent to get it."

Marquez has previous form at Valencia, having pulled off a remarkable victory from the back of the field in his 2012 title-winning Moto2 campaign.


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The last time was 2006. Honda’s Nicky Hayden, who in the previous round had been taken out of action by rookie teammate Dani Pedrosa, claimed the ultimate honour in the most unbelievable of circumstances as Valentino Rossi made a rare mistake. Seven years on, more drama is certain as Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo go head-to-head at the climax of a magical season. The amazing newcomer up against the hard-charging seasoned campaigner and two-time World Champion.

The year all began with a Lorenzo win in Qatar while Marquez surprised the world by cheekily overtaking Valentino Rossi en route to a podium. Who would have believed that the 20-year-old Catalan would go on to celebrate rostrum results in every GP he has finished this year? The only two blots on the copybook are the crash out of second place at Mugello and the much-publicised disqualification due to a trivial team mistake while challenging for victory at Phillip Island. Just how decisive that was to be will be revealed at around quarter to three on Sunday afternoon…

Of course, Lorenzo has his ‘What Ifs?’ as well. His Assen ride was nothing short of breathtaking under extraordinary circumstances, having crashed on Thursday and returned to race via an operating table in Barcelona. A feat all the more remarkable, should he go on to claim a third world title on Sunday – incidentally, this would mark the first time the Mallorcan had retained a premier class crown. Let us not forget the Sachsenring crash, as well, as perhaps the most costly moment of them all. Marquez has certainly not been without his slip-ups either, having walked away from a number of sizeable accidents which would have left many on the sidelines for weeks. ‘He is young and he bounces well,’ has been a popular phrase in the paddock this year.

They have both pulled off incredible victories and heart-stopping overtaking maneuvers, not to mention entertaining the world with their Silverstone battle which went down in MotoGP™ folklore as one of the very best of all-time. Some say Marquez should have wrapped up the title already. Others say he is more than lucky to have escaped major injuries. Equally, many claim Lorenzo deserves it more as he has been forced to try harder, whereas others would hate a sudden charge to glory by the reigning Champion. Opinions will vary and not all will be pleased with the result.

Whether you sit on the Marquez fence or take the side of Lorenzo (or neither), the facts are set in stone. Marquez heads to Valencia with a championship-leading advantage of 13 points, meaning a single fourth place would guarantee the title no matter what Lorenzo is capable of. Why are Honda fans still worried, then? Because they know their dream could still crumble all too easily…lapped traffic, inclement weather and freak technical problems all spring to mind. On the other hand, Marquez boasts an astonishing six race wins, eight pole positions, 14 front row starts, 15 podium finishes and 11 fastest laps. That surely all goes in his favour, doesn’t it?

Lorenzo’s 2013 success is nothing to be ashamed of, either. The Champion of 2010 and 2012 has now won seven races this year – one more than Marquez. His heroics in Holland need no more explaining and the fact he still stands a chance of the title – despite ‘only’ four pole positions and two fastest laps – is evidence in itself. Furthermore, he has retired from not a single race he has started and – unlike his rival – has never had to pass through Q1 qualifying. Perhaps the biggest achievement has been his continual belief that winning the championship was still possible despite one fifth place, one sixth and one seventh as well as his quintet of third place finishes, all behind Repsol Honda one-twos in Texas, Jerez, Indianapolis, Brno and Sepang.

And so, let battle commence for the final time. Two men each deserving of the world title for their own discrete reasons and each with their legions of fans, to be left either euphoric or disconsolate on Sunday evening in Spain. Stand-by for the finale of the 2013 MotoGP™ World Championship. One last hurdle in a truly outstanding season.

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A triangular shootout for Moto3™ glory


Any one of three riders could leave Valencia this weekend with a maiden Moto3™ world title. At present, a blanket could be thrown over the trio, with Luis Salom, Maverick Viñales and Alex Rins covered by just five points.


In 2012, Germany’s Sandro Cortese clinched the first ever Moto3™ title with a pair of races to spare. A year later, a campaign of mixed results has left Luis Salom, Maverick Viñales and Alex Rins with almost equal opportunities heading into Valencia. It was those three, in that very order, who won the opening three races of the year and, until Rins’ teammate Alex Marquez triumphed for the first time in Japan, no other rider had clinched a lightweight class victory in 2013.

Ask a panel of paddock insiders their tip for the title and responses will vary greatly. Such is the nature of the World Championship, there is just as much chance of the trophy heading the way of the Salom shelf in Palma as there is the Maverick mantelpiece in Roses or the Rins rack in Barcelona. Salom leads Viñales by just two points, with Rins only a further three in arrears; minor workings aside, this essentially ensures the mouth-watering scenario of he who finishes ahead taking the title.

At the same time, Marquez will be keen to complete the year with back-to-back wins, while Jonas Folger (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3) and Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra Racing) would certainly be deserving of a victory should they achieve the feat. As for the Constructors’ fight, KTM has hit its fourth century of points and was the first title winner in any class this year, sealing that particular honour back at Silverstone.

Whether the Champion is Salom, Viñales or Rins, he will become the 108th different title winner since the World Championship originated in 1949. That year, the class title for the then-named 125 tier went to Italy’s Nello Pagani of Milan.

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Heading to Valencia for the last round of 2013, Moto2™ is the only category in which the title has already been decided, in favour of Pol Espargaro. However, plenty of rivals will be looking for a confidence-boosting victory at the end of another tiring campaign.


With just the sole round still to run, Espargaro (Tuenti HP 40) heads the luckless Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team) by the unassailable margin of 41 points, with a maximum of 25 still on offer. Until Australia, where the Englishman fractured a wrist and was left on the sidelines, the Spaniard had not topped the riders’ standings since his win in Qatar at the start of the year.

Compounding a dreadful end to the triple-header, Redding was taken out of the Japanese Grand Prix in a crash triggered by third title contender and Espargaro’s teammate, Tito Rabat. Both men will now be looking to put one over the Champion in Valencia, with Espargaro and Redding then heading to MotoGP™ for 2014 while Rabat remains in Moto2™ with Marc VDS.

There will be plenty more to fight for at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, as well. Fourth, eighth and tenth in the championship, Mika Kallio (Marc VDS), and Aspar Team Moto2 pairing Nico Terol and Jordi Torres will all be searching for one more win before the end of the season, whereas no less than four of the riders in the overall top ten are still on the lookout for a victory before moving into the off-season. In terms of Constructors’ honours, that is all sewn up too, with Kalex holding a comfortable 109-point buffer over Suter as Speed Up completes the top three.

Last year’s Moto2™ race in Valencia was won by World Champion Marc Marquez, who is now targeting the MotoGP™ crown – surely the ideal motivator as those in the intermediate class aim for such glory in the future.

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Championship Title decider at final round in Valencia



After a week’s break, following an intense three-week schedule in Asia, the Repsol Honda Team head to Valencia this weekend with all to play for.

With the Team Championship being won in Japan, as a result of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa’s 2nd and 3rd placings respectively, the two Spanish riders will be fighting to secure Honda’s 62nd Constructor’s Championship this weekend - they currently have a 14 point advantage over their nearest rivals. It is also a crucial race for Championship leader, Marc, who leads the Championship by 13 points heading into this last round.

The MotoGP race at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana is 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 stadium style grandstands can seat up to 150,000 spectators, and it's sure to be a sell out this weekend.

Marc has stood on the podium just once in Valencia, after his emphatic victory from last place on the grid to 1st here last year in Moto2. Dani has celebrated eight podiums which include six 1st positions - 2012, 2009, 2007 (MotoGP), 2005, 2004 (250cc), 2002 (125cc).


Marc Marquez Championship Standing: 1st - 318 points

“It’s been nice to have a week at home after a long three weeks away, after my accident in Motegi I’ve doing muscular rehabilitation on my neck in anticipation for the race, and it now feels much better. We’ve had good races in Valencia; I’ve always tried to give it my best there. I have fond memories of last year’s race in Moto2 but the weather will also be a factor to consider because it is very changeable. I’m already looking forward to getting back in the pit garage and getting on the bike! Obviously we know what is at stake in this final Grand Prix of the year, but we will - as ever - approach it as we have done every other race, and work hard from the Friday and do our best”




Dani Pedrosa Championship Standing: 3rd - 280 points

“I’m looking forward to going to Valencia and racing in front of the home fans! We’ve had a long trip in Asia and it will be nice to race in Valencia again, where the atmosphere is always very special. Even though we are out of the Championship now, I’ve had good results here in the past with many victories - including last year when we won after starting from the pits - and I want to end the season on a high”



Rider Statistics - Marc Marquez
Age 20
Racing number 93
Race machine Honda RC213V
Date of birth February 17, 1993
Birthplace Lleida, (Catalonia) - Spain
Height 168cm
Weight 59kg
Hobbies Mountain Biking, Video games
Grand Prix debut 2008, 125cc Portugal GP, Estoril
First GP win 2010, 125cc Italian GP, Mugello
GP wins 32: 10 x 125cc, 16 x Moto2, 6 x MotoGP
GP podiums 54: 14 x 125cc, 25 x Moto2, 15 x MotoGP
GP pole positions 36: 14 x 125cc, 14 x Moto2, 8 x MotoGP
World Championships 2: 1 x 125cc (2010), 1 x Moto2 (2012)
Previous results in Valencia 2012 1st (Moto2), 2011 DNS (Moto2), 2010 4th (125cc), 2009 17th (Moto2)


Rider Statistics - Dani Pedrosa
Age 28
Racing number 26
Race machine Honda RC213V
Date of birth September 29, 1985
Birthplace Sabadell - Spain
Height 160cm
Weight 51kg
Hobbies Cycling, Music
Grand Prix debut 2001, 125cc Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka
First GP win 2002, 125cc Dutch Grand Prix, Assen
GP wins 49: 8 x 125cc, 15 x 250cc, 25 x MotoGP
GP podiums 124: 17 x 125cc, 24 x 250cc, 83 x MotoGP
GP pole positions 44: 9 x 125cc, 9 x 250cc, 26 x MotoGP
World Championships 3: 1 x 125cc (2003); 2 x 250cc (2004, 2005)
Previous results in Valencia 2012 1st (MotoGP), 2011 5th (MotoGP), 2010 7th (MotoGP), 2009 1st (MotoGP), 2008 2nd (MotoGP), 2007 1st (MotoGP), 2006 4th (MotoGP), 2005 1st (250cc), 2004 1st (250cc), 2003 DNS (125cc), 2002 1st (125cc), 2001 3rd (125cc)


Championship standings

1 Marc Marquez 318 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 305 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
3 Dani Pedrosa 280 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Valentino Rossi 224 pts ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5 Cal Crutchlow 188 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Alvaro Bautista 160 pts SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
7 Stefan Bradl 146 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
8 Andrea Dovizioso 133 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Nicky Hayden 118 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Bradley Smith 107 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
11 Aleix Espargaro 88 pts SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
12 Andrea Iannone 57 pts ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
13 Michele Pirro 50 pts ITA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
14 Colin Edwards 40 pts USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
15 Randy De Puniet 36 pts FRA SUZUKI Suzuki Test Team
16 Hector Barbera 31 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
17 Danilo Petrucci 24 pts ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
18 Yonny Hernandez 21 pts COL DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
19 Hiroshi Aoyama 13 pts JAP FTR Avintia Blusens
20 Claudio Corti 11 pts ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
21 Ben Spies 9 pts USA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
22 Katsayuki Nakasuga 5 pts JPN YAMAHA Yamaha YSP Racing Team
23 Karel Abraham 5 pts CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
24 Alex De Angelis 5 pts RSM DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
25 Michael Laverty 3 pts GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
26 Bryan Staring 2 pts AUS FTR-HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
27 Javier Del Amor 1 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
28 Martin Bauer 0 pts AUT S&B SUTER Remus Racing Team
29 Lukas Pesek 0 pts CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
30 Luca Scassa 0 pts ITA ART Cardion AB Motoracing
31 Ivan Silva 0 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
32 Damian Cudlin 0 pts AUS PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
33 Blake Young 0 pts USA APR CRT Attack Performance


Circuit information

First race 1999
GPs held 14
Laps 30
Race distance 120.150km / 74.670 miles
Track length 4.005km / 2.489 miles
Track width 12m
Longest straight 0.876km / 0.544 miles
Corners 14 (5 right, 9 left)
Pole position Right

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Circuit records

Pole position 1m 30.844s (158.711km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2012)
Race lap 1m 32.582s (155.732km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2008)
Race time 46m 43.533s (154.283km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2007)
2012 Winner Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
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Heading to Valencia for the last round of 2013, Moto2™ is the only category in which the title has already been decided, in favour of Pol Espargaro. However, plenty of rivals will be looking for a confidence-boosting victory at the end of another tiring campaign.

With just the sole round still to run, Espargaro (Tuenti HP 40) heads the luckless Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team) by the unassailable margin of 41 points, with a maximum of 25 still on offer. Until Australia, where the Englishman fractured a wrist and was left on the sidelines, the Spaniard had not topped the riders’ standings since his win in Qatar at the start of the year.

Compounding a dreadful end to the triple-header, Redding was taken out of the Japanese Grand Prix in a crash triggered by third title contender and Espargaro’s teammate, Tito Rabat. Both men will now be looking to put one over the Champion in Valencia, with Espargaro and Redding then heading to MotoGP™ for 2014 while Rabat remains in Moto2™ with Marc VDS.

There will be plenty more to fight for at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, as well. Fourth, eighth and tenth in the championship, Mika Kallio (Marc VDS), and Aspar Team Moto2 pairing Nico Terol and Jordi Torres will all be searching for one more win before the end of the season, whereas no less than four of the riders in the overall top ten are still on the lookout for a victory before moving into the off-season. In terms of Constructors’ honours, that is all sewn up too, with Kalex holding a comfortable 109-point buffer over Suter as Speed Up completes the top three.

Last year’s Moto2™ race in Valencia was won by World Champion Marc Marquez, who is now targeting the MotoGP™ crown – surely the ideal motivator as those in the intermediate class aim for such glory in the future.



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Pedrosa aims for fourth win in Valencia

Should Dani Pedrosa triumph in Valencia this weekend, the Repsol Honda Team rider would have won the season-closing MotoGP™ event on no less than four occasions.
Valencia has hosted the final race of the MotoGP™ season since 2002, with Pedrosa’s trio of wins to date having come in 2007, 2009 and 2012.

“I’m looking forward to going to Valencia and racing in front of the home fans!” the Sabadell rider says on Tuesday. “We’ve had a long trip in Asia and it will be nice to race in Valencia again, where the atmosphere is always very special.

“Even though we are out of the championship now, I’ve had good results here in the past with many victories - including last year when we won after starting from the pits - and I want to end the season on a high.”

Pedrosa’s 2013 title chances mathematically evaporated at the last Grand Prix in Japan, as he heads into the finale 38 points in arrears of teammate Marc Marquez.



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The news came on Tuesday during the EICMA bike show in Italy.

“In 2016, Aprilia will return to MotoGP™ with the goal of winning and discovering the same success we have enjoyed in World Superbikes,” commented Roberto Colaninno, CEO of Piaggio. “

The Italian marque was last part of the World Championship as a factory team in 2004.

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