Last MotoGP race of the season was traditionally held in Valencia, Spain. It was also one of the most intense races of the season as the riders put on their best performances seeing the championship results were already decided.
Valencia Moto2 race
After an intense battle throughout the Moto2 race with Franco Morbidelli, who ended in third, Johann Zarco took the highest step on the podium. The reigning back-to-back Moto2 champion put on a flawless performance from start to finish. The Italian on the other hand just managed to hold on till the end due to extreme tire war, allowing Luthi to take second position just a few laps short of the waiving flag.
Valencia MotoGP race
Jorge Lorenzo put on a top tier performance in Valencia MotoGP. He made a perfect launch at the start and just disappeared from the other riders. He was literally in a class of his own, gaining ground second by second. He truly couldn’t wish for a better goodbye from his first and until now, only team in MotoGP. We will be seeing him next year on the fierce Ducati bike.
But the pursuing group was where we saw most of the action thanks to Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez, Andrea Iannone and Maverick Viñales battling for top positions throughout the race. We saw a race full of overtaking and very aggressive riding. Honda and Yamaha showed their advantage in the corners, but Ducati’s sheer power allowed Iannone to regain lost places at every straight.
It was only in the last six laps that Marc Marquez managed to overtake the Italian and pull ahead. He started to chase Lorenzo, but he was a few laps short of catching him.
KTM bike made its debut but disappointingly retired before the end of the race due to a sensor issue. Mika Kallio was forced to pit and retire after 19 laps of racing at Valencia.
2016 Valencia MotoGP Results:
1.Jorge LorenzoESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 45m 54.228s
2.Marc MarquezESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 45m 55.413s
3.Andrea IannoneITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 46m 0.831s
4.Valentino RossiITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 46m 1.896s
5.Maverick ViñalesESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 46m 4.838s
6.Pol EspargaroESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 46m 12.606s
7.Andrea DoviziosoITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 46m 12.645s
8.Aleix EspargaroESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 46m 12.906s
9.Bradley SmithGBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 46m 20.221s
10.Alvaro BautistaESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 46m 29.293s
11.Hector BarberaESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 46m 30.653s
12.Danilo PetrucciITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 46m 36.643s
13.Stefan BradlGER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 46m 44.051s
14.Scott ReddingGBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 46m 46.263s
15.Jack MillerAUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 46m 49.853s
16.Eugene LavertyIRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 46m 52.482s
17.Tito RabatESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 46m 52.783s
18.Loris BazFRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 47m 0.392s
Mika KallioFIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) DNF
Cal CrutchlowGBR LCR Honda (RC213V) DNF
Dani PedrosaESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) DNF
Yonny HernandezCOL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) DNF
If this was a taste of the season to come, we can’t wait for 2017 Qatar Grand Prix!