Fight for the Finish: MotoGP™ Takes on Valencia

    By Rory Harris

    For the grand finale of the MotoGP™18 race worldwide circuit, teams will head to the beautiful Valencia, Spain at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valencia Ricardo.

    Track Facts

    • The Circuit de la Comunitat Valencia Ricardo is a world famous track that sits right outside the city of Valencia
    • It's a two and a half mile track with five right-handed turns and eight left-handed turns
    • It features one straight, less than a half mile long
    • The circuit's named after two-time world champion MotoGP™ racer, Ricardo Tormo, who died of leukemia in 1998
    • The track follows the American canon circuit which allows full visibility of the race
    • It is known for its unique ability to show spectators’ all parts of the circuit, regardless of their seat placement
    • It's located 10 miles outside of the city of Valencia, and is a fan favorite for its favorable weather conditions and its spacious layout
    • The circuit is considered a technologically advanced track
    • The official motorsport venue in the entire Valencian province and also hosts the Formula One Championship
    • A relatively smaller circuit, but can hold an audience of up to 150,000 people
     
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    The race continues to find the MotoGP Championship™ runner-up, as Marc Marquez has already clinched the World Champion title.

    The front runners and Yamaha teammates, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, will duel it out for second place overall in the MotoGP™ 2014 season at Sunday's race. 

    The teammates have been going head-to-head since Marquez won his championship at the Japan MotoGP™ race in Oct. With Rossi leading by only 12 points, it is sure to be a close fight to the finish.

    No Place Like Valencia

    Moto-Experiences-MotoGP-VIP-Village-2014-Moto3(IV)With some of MotoGP’s best riders being native to Spain, it is no surprise that thousands showed up last Thursday to the Annual Day of Champions at Valencia to help the MotoGP™ charity Riders for Health auction.

    Spain must give its riders quite a homecoming, considering the last 10 MotoGP™ races held at Valencia have been won by Spanish riders.

    A home track advantage along with all of the local support may push Spanish riders Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo to pull out all the stops at the final race of the season.

    Although Honda Dani Pedrosa is out of the running for second in the overall standings, he could pull a surprising victory on Sunday. Pedrosa has an impressive history at Valencia, with six total career wins at the track, three of those wins being in a MotoGP™ race. He is the only rider that has ever had more than three wins in MotoGP™ Grand Prix at Valencia.

    What’s at Stake

    Marquez also will have the chance to finally beat the record of a legend. If he can win at Valencia, the 21-year-old Spaniard will have won 13 races in one season, surpassing MotoGP™ Australian racer Mick Doohan’s record from 1997.

    Although the 2014 season has not been Jorge Lorenzo’s most impressive season, the native Spanish rider will return to his stomping grounds this weekend to see a possible second place finish. His primary competition for second place standing is teammate Valentino Rossi.

    Rossi, with more years of experience and more overall wins, has livened up his racing for the last few races of the 2014 season and managed to finish in first at Phillip’s Island several weeks ago.

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    In addition, with a win from Marquez’s younger brother, Aleix, the Honda Repsol team could win their first lightweight Moto3 race since 2001. If the young rider is able to pull of a win, his victory would mark Honda’s 16th Constructor’s Championship.

    He is not without competition, though. Aleix Marquez faces contenders such as Yamaha tech riders Pol Espagrao and Bradley Smith, and Espargaro’s brother, Aleix, from Forward Racing and LCR Honda’s Stefen Bradl. It will most likely be a close race between these up- and-coming riders this weekend.

    In a sport where overtakes are common and positions are constantly shifting, there is no guarantee of what may happen!

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