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Intense 2016 MotoGP finale in Valencia

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.

shiftndrive Valencia MotoGP 2016 Johann Zarco

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.

shiftndrive Valencia MotoGP 2016 Jorge Lorenzo

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.

shiftndrive Valencia MotoGP 2016 Andrea Iannone

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.

shiftndrive Valencia MotoGP 2016 Marc Marquez

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.

shiftndrive Valencia MotoGP 2016 KTM debut Mika Kallio

2016 Valencia MotoGP Results:

1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 45m 54.228s
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 45m 55.413s
3. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 46m 0.831s
4. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 46m 1.896s
5. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 46m 4.838s
6. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 46m 12.606s
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 46m 12.645s
8. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 46m 12.906s
9. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 46m 20.221s
10. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 46m 29.293s
11. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 46m 30.653s
12. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 46m 36.643s
13. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 46m 44.051s
14. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 46m 46.263s
15. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 46m 49.853s
16. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 46m 52.482s
17. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 46m 52.783s
18. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 47m 0.392s
Mika Kallio FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) DNF
Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) DNF
Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) DNF
Yonny Hernandez COL 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!

Anze Hribar

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