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Valencia: MotoGP Pre Race Review

The 18th and final round for the 2010 MotoGP season will come to a close at Spain’s Valencia circuit.  The Ricardo Tormo Circuit is best known for its inviting overtaking opportunities by the riders, making it one of the most thrilling tracks to witness! With a stadium style layout, Valencia is distinguished by its initial fast entry into turn one, low speed tight corners, short straights contrasted by the chicanes with a long final left-hand turn.

Fiat Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo, will be entertaining his homeland fans for the first time as World Champion this season and aiming for another podium win. Valencia is one of only three venues the Mallorcan has never placed a win in any class. His obtainable target will be to make a new point’s record by making a podium finish and surpassing his teammate Valentino Rossi in his 373 points record from 2008.  

To quote Jorge:

“Finally the end of the season is here and for me it is so special to finish in Spain, with all of my fans. I have already celebrated in Mallorca but this will be the first time I ride in Spain as the World Champion and I am so proud to do so. It has been an incredible season for us and I was so happy to win again last weekend. We have won the Triple Crown now so our targets are complete, but I would like to make a new points record, which I can do if I finish on the podium. I have never won in Valencia so I would really like to try this weekend.”

 

The most successful rider to race Valencia and second in standings is Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa. A total of 5 victories at the Spanish circuit, Dani has a good chance at holding his second spot with a 19 point advantage over the newly third placed Rossi. Still recovering from a broken collarbone, Pedrosa is unsure of his strength, but plans on giving it his all!

To quote Dani:

I’m happy to be back here at Valencia, where I did a good race last year,” “I think we will have a great Sunday, because the crowd is always amazing, especially for the Spanish riders. This year I’m coming from injury, so I don’t know what my level is, but I hope to do a great race.

Valentino Rossi will be saying farewell to his team, Fiat Yamaha this weekend after very successful partnership for the past seven years. With 116 races, 46 wins and 4 World Championships, Rossi hopes to exit the season with a top three finish in the Championship for his factory team. An incredible accomplishment considering his injury set backs earlier in the season. Rossi’s team manager, Davide Brivio will also be leaving Fiat Yamaha after a 19 year tenure with the team.

To quote Valentino:

“So here we are, my last race with Yamaha and it will be an emotional weekend for all!” Of course I would really like to try to win this final race because it would be a great end to this partnership, which has had so many beautiful moments.”

“We improved the setting of our bike again in Estoril so I hope we will be in good shape in Valencia, although it hasn’t been the best track for me in the last few years. “Anyway this is a special weekend so we will do everything that we can. I am third in the Championship after Estoril and second is not impossible, although we know Dani is strong in Valencia and he is still 19 points ahead.”

Marlboro Ducati’s Casey Stoner continues to hold his 4th place position regardless of his poor results from last weeks torrential weather conditions during practice sessions at Estoril. Not a favorite as of late for the Aussie, Valencia was a bitter disappointment last year when he went down on a warm up lap due to cold tyers. Valencia will also mark the last race with Ducati, Casey will be joining Repsol Honda and partnering with Dani Pedrosa for 2011.

To quote Casey:

“After the awful weather we had to put up with in Portugal I hope that Valencia is a bit better and we get chance to work well and get a good set-up for my final race on the Ducati.”

“I have always liked the circuit and I had my first ever win here in 125cc. It is a tight but flowing circuit and even though there are a lot of second and third gear corners they are quite long and you can let the bike run, keeping some good speed up. This also helps you to find a gearbox setting quite quickly because apart from the straight, obviously, you only really need two gears. In the past we have always been able to find a good set-up so I we are confident. I really want to have a good race this weekend.”

Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso is in a strong 5th position; Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Ben Spies is tied in points with fellow American rider Marlboro Ducati’s Nicky Hayden. Hayden placed 5th last year at Valencia and where he also clinched his 2006 MotoGP title. He hopes to improve his standing this weekend.

Valencia race schedule:

November 5th Friday:

1st Free Practice 10:05am – 10:50am

2nd Free Practice 2:05pm – 2:50pm

November 6th Saturday:

3rd Free Practice 10:05am – 10:50am

Qualifying Practice 2:05pm – 2:50pm

 

November 7th Sunday:

Warm up 9:40am – 10:00

Race 2:00pm

MotoGP World Standing 2010

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 358
2 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 236
3 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 217
4 Casey STONER Ducati AUS 205
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Honda ITA 195
6 Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 163
7 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 163
8 Marco SIMONCELLI Honda ITA 115
9 Randy DE PUNIET Honda FRA 110
10 Marco MELANDRI Honda ITA 100
11 Colin EDWARDS Yamaha USA 99
12 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 82
13 Alvaro BAUTISTA Suzuki SPA 78
14 Aleix ESPARGARO Ducati SPA 60
15 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 51
16 Loris CAPIROSSI Suzuki ITA 44
17 Mika KALLIO Ducati FIN 43
18 Alex DE ANGELIS Honda RSM 11
19 Roger Lee HAYDEN Honda USA 5
20 Kousuke AKIYOSHI Honda JPN 4
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November 5, 2010 - Posted by | Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso, Ben Spies, Casey Stoner, Colin Edwards, Dani Pedrosa, Ducati, Estoril, Jorge Lorenzo, Loris Capirossi, marco simoncelli, Mika Kallio, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, motorcycles, Nicky Hayden, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

1 Comment »

  1. As always, you leave me wishing I was attending every race! Keep up the great work informing us all.

    Comment by mtajudy | November 5, 2010 | Reply


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