The Grand Finale: <b>The Valencia MotoGP </b>

The Grand Finale: The Valencia MotoGP

What a season it has been with an incredible lineup in all classes. Ups and downs along the way have all added up to the grand finale where everyone wants to shine once more. And with our long-time hero Álvaro taking the stage to make his final MotoGP appearance. For now, that is.
11-14-2018
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About VALENCIA

With space for up to 150,000 spectators, the Valencia track is the perfect setting for the final race of the year. Despite this year’s championship - which has already been decided in all classes - riders have a point to make before stepping up to a new team, a new class, or before saying goodbye to MotoGP. Although relatively small, the 4-kilometer-long Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana has a recorded top speed of over 335 km/h behind its name.

Valencia Track
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Valencia has bittersweet undertones for Álvaro Bautista as he’ll be moving to World Superbikes after 9 seasons as a MotoGP rider; all of which he represented the REV’IT! colors. However, he is on an incredible run this year and he’s not looking to say goodbye that easily. Danilo is hoping to improve upon his previous record at the Spanish track before moving over to the Factory Ducati garage after 4 seasons at the Pramac Racing squad.

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Bautista & Petrucci preview Valencia
Bautista Valencia preview
Bautista Valencia preview
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Petrucci Valencia preview

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#9 Danilo Petrucci

MALAYSIA RESULT: P9

“I’m not happy with the way things went in Malaysia. We had a good pace throughout the weekend but during the race, I couldn’t manage the tires and I struggled from the start. I tried to do my best, but the temperature didn’t help. Conditions will be different at Valencia and I hope to get a good result to finish the season.”

Petrucci Preview for Valencia

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#19 Álvaro Bautista
MALAYSIA RESULT: P7

“It is always special to race at home, for the team and I, in Valencia. It is the last race of the season, my last race in MotoGP - for now - and it’s at a small track for the MotoGP bikes, where you hardly get chance to breathe from one corner to the next. You can’t get the most out of the power, so you need a bike that handles and turns well. It is another challenge for us, but we will try and maintain the same positive curve we have been on. I would like to finish the season with an enjoyable weekend with the fans and the team, and let’s see if we can score a good result. With the material we have available, we can fight for the top-ten and that will be the main objective. After that, we’ll see.”

Bautista preview Valencia
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It’s been quite the season for the new-for-2018 NTS chassis inside the RW Racing Squad, but solid progress and points behind both riders’ names make it a successful season. That doesn’t mean both Steven Odendaal and Joe Roberts will take things easy at Valencia. At a track they both know well from the European championship, they aim to show their potential one more time before the entire Moto2 class switches to the Triumph triple for next year.


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Odendaal preview Valencia
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#16 Joe Roberts
MALAYSIA RESULT: P18

“This race wasn’t so bad for us even if we didn’t end up where we were aiming for. But we were close to the points positions again which was good. At one point in the race, I was thinking that I could get in front of the guys ahead of me, but honestly, I didn’t have anything left in the last couple of laps. But apart from that, it was a positive weekend overall because we have shown good practices and we have been inside the top 15 several times. I think for our first time in Malaysia, it wasn’t so bad, and I definitely can understand what I have to do for next year, preparing for this particular race.”

Roberts ready for Valencia

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#4 Steven Odendaal
MALAYSIA RESULT: P21

“It was such a difficult race for us because I battled a lot with front end and rear grip issues, especially toward the end of the race. These temperatures had a massive factor to the grip though this was the same for everyone. Honestly, there is nothing more to say other than I think that I did the best I could during the race and finished it to collect more information. So, let’s try to come back stronger in Valencia.”

Odendaal ready for Valencia
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It was an up and down season for Jaume Masiá, with the highs definitely outweighing the lows. The Spanish rookie qualified on the front row twice, noted the fasted lap of the race on two occasions, and fought numerous battles in the front group, some ending in solid results, while others ended less fortunately. It’s the learning curve of an eager rookie, and with one more race in front of his home crowd, he will be ready to show his potential before the 2019 season starts.


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Masiá preview Valencia
Masiá preview Valencia
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Yurchenko preview Valencia

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#5 Jaume Masiá
MALAYSIA RESULT: DNS

“I wanted to race but unfortunately I wasn’t declared fit. However, I can only look forward and I will not lose my smile. We have one more race - my home GP - and I will, of course, aim for the top.”

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