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MotoGP’s Valencia Pre Race Review 2011

Spain’s Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana will mark the 18th and very emotional final round for the GP calendar starting this Friday. The Cheste track is a relatively small 2.4 mile (4.0km) circuit, but furnishes grandiose grandstands that can comfortably fit up to 150,000 spectators at one time.  The odd-shaped venue incorporates 5 right and eight left turns with a long straight that runs anti clockwise and was voted best GP track in 2005 by IRTA. Because Valencia is traditionally the last race of the season, it also plays host to a special annual celebration to honor the ending of a memorable season.

There is no denying Valencia will be the culmination of the sweet and the sorrow to this 2011 season. The shock of the sudden and tragic loss of San Carlo Grisini’s Marco Simoncelli atMalaysia’s Sepang race less than two weeks ago still lingers on and will no doubt weigh heavy on the riders this weekend. It is overwhelming to experience and to observe how much Marco touched the lives of so many people by virtue of his short-lived racing career. I can honestly say, I have not been the same since.

Team owner Fausto Gresini has decided to run both MotoGP and Moto2 teams this weekend to pay tribute to the fallen Marco Simoncelli. It was a difficult choice by Grisini, but felt by participating it was the most appropriate way to show honor and support to Marco. Hiroshi Aoyama and Moto2’s Michele Pirro and Yuki Takahashi will be representing the teams in the finale race.

Fausto Grisini:

“The decision to participate was not an easy one, but we have made this choice as it is what Marco would have wanted.

Going out on track at Valencia is definitely the best way to honor him by doing what he most loved to do: Ride and experience the world of MotoGP. This is why I believe that the best show of affection that we can make to Marco is by lining up our teams and riders for this race.

“‘Super Sic’ will be present in the hearts of Hiroshi Aoyama, Michele Pirro and Yuki Takahashi, and I am sure that they will give him a most fitting tribute with their performances on Sunday.”

Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner will most likely be taking it easy in finishing up this last round after confirming his 2011 MotoGP World Championship on his home turf at Phillip Island. Even though Casey has not been the ideal role model for being personable with the fans, he has exhibited a great amount of compassion to riders less fortunate as of late. Whether it be a humbling resolve because of his vulnerable position as a husband and soon to be father or as one professional rider to another, it’s evident there has been a softening of the heart over this past season.

In the light of things, I would like to see Casey Stoner traditionally receive his due acknowledgement in becoming World Champion; it’s the appropriate thing to do.

Casey Stoner:

“It will be difficult to return to racing this weekend after Marco’s terrible accident in Sepang but I think it is the best thing we can do to honour him. My thoughts go out to his family and I hope that they are coping through this period. After the race here in Valencia we will have the two-day test on the 1000cc machine and then we can take a well deserved break and reflect on the ups and downs of a very long hard season. We will go out there this weekend and try to put on a good show for all the fans and especially in memory of Marco.”

Teammates, Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso will be battling it out for third for the Championship. Andrea Dovizioso was probably considered Marco’s longest and greatest rival on and off the track. Competing against each other since they were kids in the 125cc and 250cc classes and most recently, competing to secure a worthy deal with Honda with the simultaneous end to their contract with HRC. Andrea was one of the many attendees’ at Marco’s funeral last Thursday at the Church of Santa Maria Assuntain Coriano,Italy.

Andrea Dovizioso:

“I’m very sad for the loss of Marco, “I’m going to Valencia not in the right frame of mind for a race. I will wear Marco’s number 58 on the chest of my leathers, close to my heart; this is the only thing that counts.
I have raced with Marco throughout my whole career, he was ‘the rival’ and now that he is no longer with us, he has left a big void and I want to convert this feeling of emptiness to determination.”

Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo is also in a solid second place for the season. Still in recovery from plastic surgery on re-attaching the tip of his ring finger that he sustained during the warm up session at Phillip Island; it looked like Jorge might test his abilities for Valencia with the first free practice round. But cooler minds prevailed and Yamaha test rider, Katsuyuki Nakasuga will fill the hefty boots of Jorge Lorenzo for the second consecutive time this season. It is still unconfirmed who will be testing the all new 2012 1000cc prototype next week, the announcement is scheduled for Monday.

Teammate, Ben Spies will be attending the final race at Valencia after sitting out the last two races due to a minor head and rib injury during qualifying at Phillip Island. Ben was commentating at Sepang when the horrific accident occurred that cost the life of Marco Simoncelli. The American rider was no stranger to rubbing elbowz with Simoncelli in race battles, finishing side by side in race results 5 times for 2011. Now, the only rider that stands between Spies and a 4th for the Championship is Valentino Rossi.

Ben Spies:

“I can’t believe I won’t be battling Marco on the track this weekend, it’s an incredibly sad way to finish the season,” said Spies. “I’m going to honour him in the best way I know how, on the track.”

The now very solemn Colin Edwards will not be able to finish out his season with Yamaha’s Monster Tech 3 team as a GP rider. It’s extremely unfortunate that Colin was at the wrong place at the wrong time when his M1 hit Marco Simoncelli in the second lap at Sepang, triggering a shocking end to the race. Not only does the talented Texas rider have to deal with the pain sustained physically from the crash, but mentally as well. It will undoubtedly be a heavy cross to bear for some time, even though it was clearly a tragic accident. AMA Graves Yamaha Superbike two-time Champion, Josh Hayes will be joining Colin’s teammate, Cal Crutchlow for Valencia. The American rider has never raced the Valencia circuit or the Yamaha YZR-M1 before, so this will be an all new learning curve for Hayes.

Colin Edwards:

“I watched Marco’s funeral yesterday and I really wish I could have been there. I wanted to go but unfortunately my injuries meant I was unable to travel. I know Valentino spoke to Marco’s family on my behalf and I thank him for that. It was a great service and a fitting celebration of his life.

A good friend, mentor, rival and big brother, this is the glue that binds Marco Simoncelli with Valentino Rossi. Although Valentino has remained fairly quiet on his feelings concerning Marco’s fate, nothing speaks to me stronger than the look on Valentino’s face looking back while still astride on his bike after the doleful event took place. There was no question, he knew what had happened and I could tell all he wanted to do was turn around and go back. To lose a close long time friend is difficult enough, but to be involved in the accident makes it that much harder to comprehend.

There has been speculation that the loss of Marco could motivate Rossi to take an early retirement. I have never seen the charismatic Italian so sad and I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened.

Pramac Ducati’s Loris Capirossi will be racing his 328th and last race this Sunday at Valencia after officially announcing his retirement in MotoGP. With a racing career that spans over 22 years, it will be another sad day to see the talented Italian rider exit off the track permanently; Loris is truly a class act!

Loris Capirossi:

“It will be difficult to be in the paddock without Marco, as everyone will miss him. No one will feel like going on the track, but we have to do it for him and for all fans of motorcycle racing. It will be my final race, and I still don’t know what will be going through my head, but I want to do it as well as possible.”

All racing events at Spain’s Valencia is set to commence this Friday, November 4th starting with the first free Practice at 10:10am (GMT+1) With race day on Sunday at 2:00pm.

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MotoGP World Standing 2011

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Casey STONER Honda AUS 325
2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 260
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Honda ITA 212
4 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 208
5 Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 156
6 Marco SIMONCELLI Honda ITA 139
7 Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 139
8 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 132
9 Colin EDWARDS Yamaha USA 109
10 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 94
11 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 77
12 Alvaro BAUTISTA Suzuki SPA 67
13 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 57
14 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 56
15 Toni ELIAS Honda SPA 55
16 Randy DE PUNIET Ducati FRA 49
17 Loris CAPIROSSI Ducati ITA 36
18 Kousuke AKIYOSHI Honda JPN 7
19 John HOPKINS Suzuki USA 6
20 Shinichi ITO Honda JPN 3
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November 3, 2011 - Posted by | Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso, Ben Spies, Casey Stoner, Colin Edwards, Dani Pedrosa, Elena Myers, girlracer, Jorge Lorenzo, Loris Capirossi, marco simoncelli, melissa paris, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, Nicky Hayden, phillip Island, Sepang, superbike, Valencia, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

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