Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana
18 November 2018
Ricardo Circuit in Valencia
Dovizioso The Monsoon Master In A Re-Started Valencia MotoGP Season Finale
A Race In A Crash Plagued Water-Logged Circuit
It was a hugely dramatic race of attrition in two halves.
In 'Race 1' Álex Rins led with Maverick Viñales second and Andrea Dovizioso as Pol Espargaró battled with Marc Márquez and Viñales.
The rain was relentless, the leader Dovizioso called for the race to be stopped and the race was red-flagged as heavy rain fell with lots of riders crashing out. Including both Espargaró brothers, Aleix and Pol, Marc Márquez, Jack Miller, Franco Morbidelli, Bradley Smith and Maverick Viñales.
The race restarted with Rins leading Dovizioso, Rossi, Pol Espargaró and Pedrosa.
Soon Rossi was on the rear tyre of race leader Dovizioso, with Rins third and Espargaró fourth.
How did they fair in 'race 2?' Read the full report below.
First, The Practice Sessions.
Márquez Leads Pramac Pair In The Valencia MotoGP In A Red Flagged FP1
The session started with a wet track, Marc Márquez, the 2018 MotoGP champion, came to his home GP fighting. He was fastest in free practice one at Valencia, which was red-flagged early on due to the wet weather water logging the circuit. The rain abated, which is forecast for the whole of the weekend.
The red flag came out soon after Álex Rins avoided having a crash at Turn 13 and Maverick Viñales ran through a huge puddle at turn 14.
After 30 minutes the session restarted the times improved in the first half of the session.
Márquez dominated, improving his time with each lap. Leading by over a second but when he went into his paddock garage. The field caught him up and Danilo Petrucci demoted him to second with a 1 minute 40.479 seconds lap.
When Márquez went out back on track he set a time of 1 minute 39.787 seconds, which was not matched by the rest of the riders.
Jack Miller closed the gap down to just 0.086 of a second and he looked like he was going to go even faster with just two minutes to go, then the Australian crashed without injury at Turn 10.
Márquez, who had another impressive save towards the end of the session, held on to top spot. He went faster again, by another two hundredths of a second as the chequered flag fell to increase his gap over Miller to 0.106 of a second.
Miller's Alma Pramac Ducati team-mate Petrucci went third fastest, with Peturcci's next year's Factory Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso going fourth fastest.
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa started his final race weekend in fifth, followed by Ecstar Suzuki's Andrea Iannone and Maverick Viñales, the Movistar Yamaha rider was more than a second off the pace.
Factory Ducati test rider and wildcard for the Valencia GP, Michele Pirro was eighth as KTM's Pol Espargaró and the other Ecstar Suzuki man, Álex Rins completed the top 10.
Valentino Rossi after his strong race in Sepang was looking competitive. But in the closing stages he went off-track at Turn 8 he finished 12th quickest ahead of Johann Zarco on his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha.
Stefan Bradl, the German, was riding injured Cal Crutchlow LCR Castrol Honda, he came 16th, while the still recovering Jorge Lorenzo took 19th on the second Factory Ducati in his final race with them.
As well as Miller, fellow Ducati privateers Alvaro Bautista and Xavier Simeon also crashed in the closing stages of the practice.
MotoGP Free Practice 1 Classification
The Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Cheste, Friday 16 November 2018
Track Condition Wet
Petrucci Sails Ahead Of Márquez In A Drenched FP2 Valencia MotoGP
Danilo Petrucci on his Alma Pramac Ducati managed to stay afloat to top a soaking wet second free practice at Valencia by almost half a second faster than Marc Márquez in the 2018 MotoGP final round.
The heavy rain, which poured down in FP1, returned before the second free practice began so there was no chance of any improvement in the lap times compared to the morning free practice session.
Álex Rins was the early pace-setter on his Ecstar Suzuki. Johann Zarco was the first rider to slide off at Turn 12, which brought out the red flags as the rain worsened. After a 10-minute stoppage the rain eased to see the session resume with Márquez and Petrucci swapping fastest lap times.
After his crash Zarco said
"The crash was because the rear tyre was too cold and we were not able to get enough temperature in the rear tyre, left and right, but on the right side it is worse because it is less corners.
"After the crash I did a few laps quite slow and feeling that we cannot improve. Also the other riders when it was raining even more they were not going so fast."
Petrucci's best time of 1 minute 41.318 seconds was almost two seconds slower than the FP1 top times as the rain intensified again in the closing stages of the session meaning very few riders improved.
Valentino Rossi was one of the few to improve to take third on his Movistar Yamaha ahead of Ecstar Suzuki's Andrea Iannone who edged his future team and team-mate Aleix Espargaró on the Aprilia.
Pol Espargaró went well in the wet on his Red Bull KTM, which meant all six different MotoGP manufacturers were in the top six, with Maverick Viñales taking seventh on his Factory Movistar Yamaha.
Scott Redding had a good start to his final MotoGP ending FP2 in eighth place on his Aprilia before he moves to British Superbikes next season.
Bradley Smith on his Red Bull KTM and Álex Rins on the other Ecstar Suzuki completed the top ten ahead of Xavier Simeon who crashed his Reale Avintia Ducati at Turn 12 moments before Stefan Bradl managed to do the same with Cal Crutchlow's LCR Castrol Honda.
Andrea Dovizioso could only manage 12th in FP2 on his Factory Ducati, almost two seconds slower than Petrucci, but quicker than Jack Miller carefully riding his Alma Pramac Ducati. The Malaysian Hafizh Syahrin, who had a good result in his home race last time out, brought his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha in 14th and Jorge Lorenzo Factory Ducati, was 15th returning for his final race with Ducati after his injury.
Because of the poor wet conditions a number of riders only completed a minimal number of laps in free practice 2 including the new MotoGP Legend Dani Pedrosa who ended the session down in 24th place for Repsol Honda.
MotoGP Free Practice 2 Classification
The Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Cheste, Friday 16 November 2018
Track Condition Wet
Petrucci Tops The FP3 Timesheets Again Rossi Slides Off, He And Viñales Have To Go In Q1
Danilo Petrucci has had great pace in the tricky wet conditions all weekend. He pushed off Marc Márquez from top spot.
Rain again arrived just as MotoGP's third practice began so a quick lap would be hard to achieve. Alma Pramac Ducati's Danilo Petrucci topped the Saturday morning MotoGP practice at Valencia as Valentino Rossi crashed and was resigned to Q1 alongside Maverick Viñales and Jorge Lorenzo
Rossi led the way early on while times were in the 1 minute 41 seconds region, but Rossi's progress ended with a highside crash in the wet at Turn 4 while on a quick lap to try and break into the top 10.
Rossi was able to return to his garage to continue on his second Factory Movistar Yamaha, while Andrea Iannone also came a cropper on or off his Ecstar Suzuki.
The rain died down as the session progressed, so the times began to drop compared to the wet during Friday's practice sessions which saw Petrucci go top with a 1 minute 39.712 seconds that's 0.088 seconds quicker than Márquez's best time on Friday.
Andrea Dovizioso was another to get to grips with the wet track and moved up to second in the session and third overall with Márquez third in FP3 and Jack Miller taking fourth for Pramac Ducati despite a late crash.
After the rain had abated, it started raining almost immediately as the field went out, with the exception of Marc Márquez, couldn't get close to the Honda rider's Friday benchmark of 1 minute 39.767 seconds for the majority of the session.
Factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso set a 1 minute 39.800 seconds and led into the final 10 minutes. Petrucci was able to improve again in the dying stages and topped the session with a 1 minute 39.712 seconds.
Dovizioso and Márquez were second and third, with Jack Miller taking fourth and then he had a crash just before the chequered flag fell.
Johann Zarco was the top Yamaha again in fifth, as both factory riders were outside of the top 10 and had to go into Q1.
Maverick Viñales missed out of the top 10 by 0.061 of a second in 11th with Rossi finishing two places further behind.
Márquez's Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa finished in sixth, followed by an impressive Pol Espargaró in seventh on his KTM.
Álex Rins on his Ecstar Suzuki and Aleix Espargaró on his Aprilia in eighth and ninth respectively, with Ducati wildcard Michele Pirro holding on to 10th despite a late crash.
Rins fell at the end of the session, with Ecstar Suzuki team-mate Andrea Iannone and Aleix Espargaró also having incidents during the practice.
Iannone ended up only 15th, with the recovering Jorge Lorenzo taking just 17th, 1.3 seconds off the pace.
Márquez took over at the top and held a comfortable lead for a big part of the session until Petrucci edged him out by half a tenth.
Movistar Yamaha's both missed out on going straight into Q2 and have to prove themselves in Q1 as Rossi slides off going for his fastest lap and missed out of the top 10.
Johann Zarco brought his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha to fifth place, the first Yamaha on the timesheets. Much improved Dani Pedrosa on the second Repsol Honda was sixth.
Red Bull KTM's Pol Espargaró continued to impress taking seventh place ahead of Álex Rins on his Ecstar Suzuki. He was pushing for a fast time late in the session and went over the limit to slide off into the gravel trap. Aleix Espargaró managed to push his Aprilia in a final lap flyer to get into the Q2 places.
Factory Ducati test rider and this weekend's wildcard rider Michele Pirro took the last Q2 place to push Maverick Viñales out of top 10. Viñales continued to struggle in the wet.
Top Rookie, Marc VDS Honda's Franco Morbidelli split the Factory Movistar Yamaha's in 12th place with Rossi only 13th after running off track during his final fast FP3 lap in another attempt to get into the top 10.
Iannone already had crashed his Ecstar Suzuki earlier in the session, was another to miss out on the Q2 spots in 15th place.
Jorge Lorenzo was finding it difficult with his painful left wrist, he continued to ride getting up to 17th place on his Factory Ducati.
Xavier Simeon was a Friday faller, he sustained an injury and suspected concussion in an off in Friday practice he was declared unfit for the remainder of the Valencia MotoGP, missing his final race for Reale Avintia Ducati Team.
MotoGP Free Practice 3 Classification
The Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Cheste, Saturday 17 November 2018
Weather Condition Wet
Márquez Manages To Better Zarco's Fastest Time.
The rain in Spain was falling mainly on Valencia this weekend.
On a wet circuit Marc Márquez managed to go faster than Johann Zarco and the Espargaró brothers, Pol and Aleix with Andrea Dovizioso going fifth fastest and Maverick Viñales in sixth. Petrucci brought his Alma Pramac Ducati in seventh, Malaysian Syahrin managed a flying lap to jump up to eight. Movistar Yamaha Rossi was down in 22nd having tried out and changed a few settings on his bike in an effort to improve his bike and times.
As it was tricky conditions most of the riders concentrated on getting a race set-up rather than a fast time.
MotoGP Free Practice 4 Classification
The Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Cheste, Saturday 17 November 2018
Weather/Track Condition Wet
Iannone Went Fastest In Q1 Ahead Of Viñales In Valencia
While the track had been too wet for slicks for all the other practice sessions, Slick tyres were used for the first time on a drying track with occasional damp patches. The Q1 pacesetter was Andrea Iannone on his Ecstar Suzuki. Second was Viñales both progressed to the Q2 pole position shootout.
Jorge Lorenzo, making his return to MotoGP qualifying after his wrist injury, he made a surprise challenge for the second Q2 place, ending up half a tenth short of the final Q2 spot that was taken by Viñales.
Lorenzo put on a valiant effort to only just miss the Q2 places by 0.042s on his Factory Ducati, with the Spaniard lining up on the fifth row for his farewell outing for the Bologna marquee as he continued to recover.
Next were Honda rookies Taka Nakagami and Franco Morbidelli who will start the race next to each other. Franco Morbidelli was just a few hundredths ahead in 15th for Marc VDS team's final premier class race.
Valentino Rossi did not have the pace in the dry in FP4 or Q1, and missed the Q2 pole shoot-out for the third time this season that the Italian has fallen out of contention in Q1.
Rossi had a shocker of qualifying, as he could only muster 16th on his Factory Yamaha. Rossi struggled for speed throughout Saturday having had an early FP3 crash. Rossi had a slide sending him into the gravel while pushing for a fast lap at the end of the session.
He is in a battle for third place in the Championship with his team-mate Viñales. Rossi leading by only two points ahead of Viñales, looks like he'll have his work cut-out to hang on to third. His team-mate Viñales progressed to Q2 and went on to take pole.
MotoGP rookies, Takaaki Nakagami, LCR Honda Idemitsu and Franco Morbidelli, Marc VDS Honda, pushed Rossi down to sixth place in Q1 which put Rossi down to 16th on the starting grid for the final race of 2018.
With Iannone and Viñales progressing through to Q2, Jorge Lorenzo, still recovering from his wrist injury, was the 13th placed rider to narrowly missing out on Q2 on his Factory Ducati, pushed out by Viñales by four-hundredths of a second at the chequered flag.
Rossi sandwiched between both of the Marc VDS Hondas, his protege, Franco Morbidelli and Tom Lüthi who returns to Moto2 for 2019, will start from 18th.
Abraham and Bautista brought their Independent Ducati's in 18th and 19th. While Cal Crutchlow's LCR Castrol Honda replacement, Stefan Bradl could only managed 20th. Hafizh Syahrin has been struggling all weekend to bring his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha in 21st place.
The Britons, Bradley Smith and Aprilia's Scott Redding, who like Lüthi are ending their full-time MotoGP rides, could do no better than 22nd and 24th respectively with Tito Rabat's stand-in Jordi Torres sandwiched between them.
MotoGP Qualifying 1 Classification
The Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Cheste, Saturday 17 November 2018
Weather/Track Condition: Dry
Viñales Storms Through Q1 To Take Pole In An Epic Valencia MotoGP Qualifying
Maverick Viñales has taken his first MotoGP pole position of the year as Marc Márquez takes fifth place. On his first flying lap he managed to crash his Repsol Honda, in a dramatic frantic qualifying session.
Viñales, the Movistar Yamaha rider battled through Q1 to take his first pole position since Aragon last year in a scintillating final qualifying session of the 2018 season in Valencia.
Even though Viñales had come close to missing out of Q2, having to go in Q1 and almost pushed to third by Lorenzo. He got through to go quickest in a close Q2 battle with crashes by Márquez and Johann Zarco.
Slick tyres were on the bikes again for this practice sessions, the pre-qualifying FP4 session finally had a change in conditions, allowing for the pole shoot out to take place in the dry with all the riders using slick tyres for the first time of the weekend.
Having demonstrated almost untouchable pace in FP4, Márquez, in Q2. on his first flying lap he crashed only three corners later at Turn 4, sliding off after pushing too much too soon with a cold right side of his tyre not able to grip and almost wrecked his own qualifying chances.
While he was rolling through the at Turn 4 gravel trap at speed he managed to dislocate his shoulder. Although he was back on his feet quickly, he was in obvious pain, holding his left shoulder.
Danilo Petrucci on his Alma Pramac Ducati was quick straight out of the box, ending the first runs four tenths clear of nearest rival Álex Rins with a 1 minute 31.531 seconds.
Both Viñales and Rossi, the Factory Movistar Yamaha pair had to go into Q1 after missing out on the top ten during the wet practice sessions.
After getting through the first qualifying session behind leader Andrea Iannone, Viñales lowered the benchmark by two tenths as he began his second run, before posting a marginal improvement to clinch pole position. Viñales' produced a blitzing pace to take pole position with a 1 minute 31.312 seconds.
Ecstar Suzuki's Rins came closest to deposing the Yamaha man, but had to settle for second, seven hundredths off, Viñales secured his first front-row start in the premier class.
Viñales beat Álex Rins by 0.068 of a second for the 2018 finale. Andrea Dovizioso managed to do enough to get onto the front row in third, only 0.012 of a second behind Rins.
Early pace-setter Danilo Petrucci, who's been quick all weekend on his Alma Pramac Ducati, could only manage the front of the second row. However, he is in a good position to take the MotoGP Independents title, as his rival Zarco crashed out on his late very fast flying lap.
Márquez returned to qualifying 10 minutes after his crash to go quick enough to get onto the second row. Petrucci's time pushed Márquez down to fifth place.
In an overshadowed impressive performance from Red Bull KTM's Pol Espargaró to take the team's best qualifying performance with sixth place ahead of Iannone in seventh and Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, in eighth.
Retiring Repsol Honda man, Dani Pedrosa took ninth and completed the third row in his final MotoGP race having benefited from late qualifying crashes by Jack Miller Alma Pramac Ducati and Johann Zarco Monster Tech 3 Yamaha who ended up in 11th.
Petrucci's Alma Pramac team-mate Jack Miller, who was obviously pushing hard all weekend, crashed for the fourth time in five sessions and could do no better than 10th. While wildcard Michele Pirro on the Factory Ducati completed the fourth row in 12th place behind Zarco.
MotoGP Qualifying 2 Classification
The Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Cheste, Saturday 17 November 2018
Weather/Track Condition Dry
Márquez Dominates A Wet Warm-up For The Valencia MotoGP And Leads Espargaró
Marc Márquez was 0.805 of a second ahead in rain-soaked MotoGP Warm Up. The 2018 Champion dominated in the Warm Up session to lead Aleix Espargaró and Valentino Rossi before the final race of the year.
Márquez still in some pain, bounced back from his crash in qualifying by going fastest in a wet warm-up in Valencia.
For much of the session, his closest challengers were Rossi and the Alma Pramac duo of Jack Miller and Danilo Petrucci. Márquez first took the lead with a 1 minute 44.042 seconds eight minutes into the session and gradually lowered the benchmark to end up with a 1 minute 40.154 seconds at the top of the timing screens.
After dislocating his shoulder yesterday, Márquez riding his Repsol Honda, shrugged off any signs of his injury to go 0.805 of a second quicker than anyone else in the Warm Up at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana. His 1 minute 40.154 seconds beat Espargaró of the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, as the two Spaniard's set the only 1 minute 40 seconds, with Rossi managing to bring his Movistar Yamaha in third, 0.955 of a second back from Márquez. However, the Italian starts from 16th for the final race of 2018.
Espargaró jumped up to second as the chequered flag fell. The Aprilia rider beat Rossi by one and a half tenths with Petrucci and Miller completing the top five.
Petrucci could only manage fourth fastest this time, after going so well in all the practice sessions. Can he grab a podium or even his maiden win on his last rider for the team before joining Dovizioso in the Factory team? While team-mate Jack Miller completed the top five, with Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team, ending the morning in 13th ahead of his farewell MotoGP race.
Andrea Iannone managed to crash his Ecstar Suzuki early on in the session, he got up disgruntled and continued in the session on his second bike. Iannone lost the first half of the session with that crash at Turn 12 but recovered to get 10th.
Andrea Dovizioso Factory Ducati was over 1.4 seconds slower than Márquez in sixth and could only just beat Marc VDS Honda's Franco Morbidelli and KTM's Pol Espargaró by 10 and 17 thousandths of a second respectively.
Espargaró and his team-mate Bradley Smith both spent most of the session within the top 10, the Briton ending up right behind his team-mate ninth.
Iannone led pole man, Maverick Viñales and his team-mate Álex Rins and Dani Pedrosa, who ended his last warm-up as a Repsol Honda factory rider in 13th.
Johann Zarco after a promising practice and qualifying could only take 16th while Jorge Lorenzo on the second Factory Ducati was 21st, 2.620 seconds off the pace.
MotoGP Warm Up Classification
The Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Cheste, Sunday 18 November 2018
Weather/Track Condition Wet
It Was A Dramatic Race Of Attrition As Dovizioso Masters The Monsoon In A Restarted Valencia MotoGP Finale Winning From Rins And Pol Espargaró, Who Takes The Factories Maiden KTM Podium
Pol Espargaró recovered from an off in the opening race to power to the podium, taking Red Bull KTM's first-ever podium in the premier class.
In a hugely dramatic two-part season finale saw 'Race 1' red-flagged as Andrea Dovizioso, the Ducati rider, leading the race waved to red flag the race.
The red flags coming out after 14 laps as heavy rain fell, with several riders crashing out of contention, including Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, Andrea Iannone, Ecstar Suzuki, Marc Márquez, Repsol Honda, Bradley Smith, Red Bull KTM, Maverick Viñales, Movistar Yamaha, both Alma Pramac Ducati riders, Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller, both Marc VDS Honda riders, Franco Morbidelli and Thomas Lüthi. Fortunately all the riders survived without injury.
It the second restart, Valentino Rossi, while trying to hunt down race leader Dovizioso, also spectacularly hi-siding off, handing Álex Rins second and Pol Espargaró third and KTM took their first ever premier class MotoGP podium.
In 'Race 1', from second on the grid, Rins on his Ecstar Suzuki, took the hole shot and produced a stunning opening lap, getting the Spaniard 1.7 seconds ahead as the field crossed the line, with Viñales, Movistar Yamaha, getting a good start to go second before Dovizioso on his Factory Ducati used the Ducati Desmosedici grunt to get by on the straight. Meanwhile, Espargaró riding the wheels off his Red Bull KTM, had got off to a flyer from sixth, and getting the better of Marc Márquez who seemed to struggle somewhat on his Repsol Honda and Viñales but it was all about Rins and his Ecstar Suzuki pulling out a lead of over three seconds after three laps.
Rossi had a good start, taking six places on the first few turns. He continued to make progress as the race went on.
However, the rain was relentless and track conditions were deteriorating, leading to several crashes. Aleix Espargaró and Jack Miller were both fallers at turn 3, before the drama happened at the front. Espargaró crashed out of fourth at turn 3, he was able to re-join, with 2018 World Champion Márquez then crashing on the same lap at turn 9, with the Spaniard thankfully walking away without looking in too much pain with his shoulder. However, Márquez was unable to continue and his bike was too badly damaged.
After a chaotic couple of laps, Rossi was now in third behind race leader Rins, whose lead was now 2.2 seconds and Dovizioso. It was a race of attrition as Bradley Smith, Red Bull KTM, also crashed but Dovi and Rossi were closing in on Rins, the gap now down to nothing.
Rossi's team-mate Viñales was in hot pursuit of 'The Doctor'. But then, on lap 13, Viñales suffered a huge crash at turn 13 as the rain continued to hammer down, fortunately he was ok, then Franco Morbidelli, Marc VDS Honda, also crashed on the same lap at Turn 8, the Italian crashing out of a career-best fifth place.
Dovizioso demonstrated superior pace as the rain relented to reel in Rins and pass the Ecstar Suzuki rider into Turn 1 before building a useful lead. With Rins settling for second place.
Then Rossi got the better of Rins after he went wide at turn 11. Rins had just lost the lead to Rossi and Dovizioso as the leaders crossed the line, Dovizioso raised his hand and the race was red-flagged on lap 14, the race had to be stopped due to the amount of standing water on the track.
With three-quarter race distance not completed, a 14-lap race was scheduled with only the riders who were classified on lap 13 allowed to re-start, with their positions on lap 13 deciding the order of the grid.
After the initial race was red-flagged due to several crashes and heavy rain making track conditions unsafe, the Valencia MotoGP restarted with a 14 lap sprint race but with notable absentees including Marc Márquez and pole man Maverick Viñales as a well as a number of riders who crashed out in the first start.
The second restart race was the quick re-start procedure and pit-lane was open for only 60 seconds for the 16 riders to make their way to the grid. Rins on pole, Dovi in second and Rossi third on the grid with Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda, starting from fourth in his last MotoGP race.
As the lights went out for the restart of the race, Rins darted into the lead in the same style as he'd led the opening race, being chased by Dovizioso and Rossi in a three-rider breakaway.
The front row held their places and all 16 riders safely negotiated the opening turns, with Rins leading. Dovizioso reeled in Rins and was once again able to get the power down on his Ducati GP18 to power past Rins the Ecstar Suzuki rider into Turn 1 at the start of the second lap with Rossi in close pursuit.
Dovizioso demonstrated superior pace as the rain relented and built up a useful lead with Rins settling for second place once again.
The three leaders quickly gapped fourth place Espargaró by 2.9 seconds, Pedrosa tucked in behind the KTM rider in fifth.
The rain was once again starting to fall and conditions were still incredibly treacherous as the leading trio were all in the low 1 minute 43 seconds, two seconds quicker than anyone else as it soon became a three man race for the final win of 2018.
On lap 6, Dovizioso pulled the pin to create a one second gap back to Rins, with a 1 minute 49.921 second lap, the gap increased. 1.5 seconds now splitting the trio. Dovi put in another fastest lap.
Rossi made his move past Rins for second place on Turn 4, with still 1.5 seconds the gap to his compatriot Ducati rider, with eight laps to go. Dovizioso got into his rhythm and pulled away with six laps to go. The gap went up again to 2.4 seconds and a lap later Dovizioso's lead was over three seconds.
Then, Rossi, pushing to catch Dovizioso, 'The Doctor' had a vicious hi-side, coming off at Turn 12, crashing with only his pride hurt and a few bruises. Which instantly gave the Ducati rider a gap to control the race ahead of Rins and it put Espargaró and KTM into a potential podium position.
Everyone held firm and soon it was last lap time, Dovi's advantage was four seconds to Rins as both crossed the line to take the Factory Ducati Team to a fantastic season ending results and to take a Ducati victory for the first time in 10 years at Valencia. Dovizioso ended the season as he began with a win at Qatar and here at Valencia.
Espargaró kept Michele Pirro the wildcard Ducati test rider at bay to take his and KTM's maiden MotoGP podium, a phenomenal result from both rider and the KTM factory alike.
Ducati test rider and wildcard Michele Pirro rode to an impressive fourth place as Dani Pedrosa signed off his MotoGP career with a fifth place before becoming a KTM development and test rider next year and top finishing Honda rider. Top rookie was Takaaki Nakagami impressing in sixth place for the LCR Honda team.
Johann Zarco was first Yamaha home and won the top MotoGP Independent honours for a second straight year in a row, with seventh place for Monster Tech3 Yamaha on their final race with Yamaha.
Britain's Bradley Smith, another to restart after an opening race crash, he ended his Red Bull KTM partnership with his best result of the year in eighth place. Next year Smith will be the Aprilia test rider and MotoE rider. He finished ahead of LCR Castrol Honda stand-in Stefan Bradl. Bradl riding as replacement for the injured Cal Crutchlow and the second Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider Hafizh Syahrin bringing his Yamaha home in tenth.
Scott Redding another to end his MotoGP career riding his Aprilia to 11th place before starting his new era in British Superbikes next season.
Another mover, Jorge Lorenzo battled in pain with his recently operated left wrist to take 12th place in his final Factory Ducati race before he joins the Repsol Honda Team.
Rossi remounting to finish in 13th place on his Factory Movistar Yamaha. Ahead of Karel Abraham aboard his Angel Nieto Ducati and Jordi Torres, riding as replacement for Tito Rabat on Simeon's Reale Avintia Ducati took the last points as the final finishers. Xavier Simeon was declared unfit after his Friday fall.
Torres was returning from a hand injury he sustained at Sepang. Tito Rabat plans to return at the post-race test. Alvaro Bautista fell foul of the treacherous conditions to slide off his Angel Nieto Team Ducati in the latter half of the race with only seven laps to go.
As Dovizioso and Rins sprayed the champagne it was an emotional podium for the Spaniard Pol Espargaró taking his very first podium with the KTM team.
MotoGP Race Classification
The Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Cheste, Sunday 18 November 2018
Post Race Interviews And Reactions
MotoGP rider and team managers thoughts on Valencia the season finale.
Race Winner Andrea Dovizioso Italian Ducati Team #04
Race Points 25, Championship Position Second, 245 Championship points
"Today's was truly a spectacular victory! I have finally managed to win at Valencia, which for me and for Ducati has always been rather a tough track.
"The first race was very difficult, because Rins started off really strong. I stayed clam however and reeled him in, but Rossi was also recovering and he was very quick so I had to manage the situation while the rain was increasing lap after lap.
"In the second race we managed to make all the difference because we were able to use a new tyre we hadn't used in the morning warm-up as well as making a small change to the set-up. I'm really pleased with the way we worked together with the team and to have been able to give them this win, which really helps cheer everyone up.
"It was a great way to finish the season!"
Luigi Dall'Igna Ducati Corse General Manager
Team Riders Andrea Dovizioso, Jorge Lorenzo and Michele Pirro
"It was a great win in a really tough race: conditions today, especially in the first part, were so difficult and Dovizioso was on top form and he managed to administer a very complicated situation in an intelligent way. Making a mistake in these conditions is always easy but Andrea was simply perfect.
"Pity about Jorge, who unfortunately struggled in his last race with us, while I'm so pleased with the fourth place by Michele Pirro, who after a crash in the first part made an extraordinary recovery to finish the race just off the podium."
Second Álex Rins Spanish Ecstar Suzuki Team #42
Race Points 20 Championship Position Fifth, 169 Championship points
"I'm very happy and we made had an incredible weekend.
"During the first part of the race I was leading for twelve or thirteen laps and I pulled a good gap, but when the rain came Dovizioso and Rossi caught me.
"For the second half of the race, after the stoppage, I had more or less the same strategy; I tried to get the best start possible, and I pushed a lot because I really wanted the podium and fifth place in the championship.
"It feels great to have another podium. I hope next year I'll be at the front in almost all the races, we got a lot of experience this year and I think we're ready for it."
Ken Kawauchi Suzuki Technical Manager
"From Motegi to here we've managed to take four consecutive podiums and three consecutive second places - this is incredible and I'm very happy.
"Today was Andrea's last race with us and unfortunately he crashed despite performing well. I want to thank him very much for these two years together, I'll never forget working with him.
"Álex has matured so much this season and achieved a lot, so we're really looking forward to next year, we feel a win is coming!"
Davide Brivio Ecstar Suzuki Team Manager
Team Riders Álex Rins, Andrea Iannone and Sylvain Guintoli
"We've achieved another podium, which is a great way to finish this season! We got nine in total, which is a record for Suzuki in the MotoGP era.
"Four of these nine podiums came from Andrea and today was a real pity for him, because he showed good speed and I feel we could've had both riders at the front. I'm really sorry for Andrea that his race ended in this way, and I want to say thank you to him for these past two years together. He gave an important contribution to our development thanks to the internal competition that Álex and him created, I want to wish him all the best for his career.
"Álex's attitude in these very tricky conditions was impressive, he was able to push and control everything well. In both parts of the race he was very strong and I'm really pleased with his performance.
"We hope to keep hold of this happy feeling throughout the winter."
Third Pol Espargaró 14th Spanish Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team #44
Race Points 16 Championship Position 14th, 51 Championship points
"It's unreal. I felt good all weekend in wet and dry conditions.
"I was playing around all weekend with a few Yamahas and I was fast; I could do good lap-times. To always be in the top eight was building my confidence up.
"It was wild out there. The red flag was like a 'message' because the bike was still working after that big crash and I said to myself 'man, this is your opportunity, take it'.
"I just pushed and Valentino was so fast, super-fast. I stayed in that position and was safe, then I fought with Dani but could finally finish in third position.
"After this year it is unbelievable for me, for my team, wife and all the crew around me.
"Finally we are super-happy with the results for KTM today. You don't know how much effort and investment they are putting in the project and for them to finish the year in those positions was amazing."
Mike Leitner Red Bull KTM Team Manager
Team Riders Pol Espargaró, Bradley Smith and Mika Kallio
"For the whole KTM group and Red Bull this was a fantastic day. We knew a result like this would be possible because we were 'there' in dry and wet conditions, especially with Pol but Bradley was there as well.
"To finish the season with a podium and eighth position for Bradley is very nice. It is great that he leaves in that way and we wish him all the best with his future.
"I don't think we expected this podium but it was super-crazy and for Pol to recover from a crash, come in and focus again and perform again to make the podium is a wonderful story that I don't think anybody would have believed this morning!"
Pit Beirer KTM Motorsports Director
"I said all year that we are better than we could prove on paper because we had injured riders and we were not so lucky. We fell into a big hole in Sachsenring at a time when we were first in warm-up with a new bike and we thought 'now we'll make progress' but Pol injured himself at the next race. Everything went wrong.
"There was a critical moment two months ago when we looked at the new bike and elements like the chassis and, together with strong people at the factory, we decided to stick to the plan because we were sure we were on the right way. It was important not to lose the direction and today was the first big payback.
"We had Pol completely free of pain and with a good feeling. In this sport you need super-fit riders to compete on this level. This is a big payback for the whole company. I think every single department in KTM was somehow integrated to make this project work and the whole race team and everybody else put in so many hours.
"Third place is perhaps more than we expected today but this is the best way to give something back to racing people: a result. It means so much and it is difficult to find the right words how I feel."
Fourth Michele Pirro Italian Ducati Team #51
Race Points 13, Championship Position 22nd, 14 Championship points
"It was a difficult race because I crashed in the first part, damaging the bike a bit, but I was able to get back on and then the race was interrupted.
"After the restart, I managed to run at a good pace and I'm disappointed only because I missed out on a podium by just over a second. I'm very pleased however because after my crash at Mugello I once again did a good MotoGP race and Ducati won again at Valencia after many years, which is important for all of us."
Fifth Dani Pedrosa Spanish Repsol Honda Team #26
Race Points 11 Championship Position 11th, 117 Championship points
"For sure I had a particular feeling before today's race, knowing that the moment of my final race had arrived. Well, actually it turned out that I had two!
"Unfortunately the weather was really tricky. In both races, I struggled so much with the rear and couldn't really get on the gas. I was actually expecting to have a better feeling in the second race, as there was less water on the track. But we changed the tyres and I had no grip, so I could only try and finish the race with no crashes.
"It's a bit of a shame, but when I got back to the pits, I found everybody waiting for me, the team, my family, my people and there was a very emotional atmosphere. I was pleased to see their emotion.
"It meant a lot to me. Now I'll have several events to attend, but after that I'll try and have some time to myself and relax a bit before next year."
Sixth Takaaki Nakagami Japanese LCR Honda Idemitsu Team #30
Race Points 10 Championship Position 20th, 33 Championship points
"It was really tough. I was scared on every lap, each corner, but it's an amazing feeling. It's a little bit strange, I never thought I'd finish as the top independent rider, but it's an amazing day for me and a great race.
"There was a lot of pressure, but last night Cal Crutchlow texted me and told me to concentrate, make no mistakes and, because I had nothing to lose, push hard.
"That was great, so thanks to him, and also to my team, it's an unforgettable day. It's so good to finish the season like this and now we will look to next season, starting with the test here on Tuesday. But tonight we will definitely have a party!"
Seventh Johann Zarco French Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team #5
Race Points 9 Championship Position 6th, 158 Championship points
"It has been a tough Sunday. We had a lot of rain in the grid and I got a good feeling on the first start. The rain was so strong and the level of the water on track was pretty complicate to control. We saw many crashes happen.
"I could do my laps and have a good position. After the restart the others were faster than me and I could not follow them, but the target was to finish the race, be the first independent rider, which was our main goal at the beginning of the year and I'm so happy I managed to fulfil it.
"It's pretty good for me and the team, plus our history with Yamaha, because we did the last two years on a very great level. I'm really proud and happy about that situation.
"It was possible to fight for the top 5 in the championship, but this weekend, Álex Rins has been very fast. He rode perfectly, so congratulations to him! He deserves this position.
"Finally, I want to say, thank you to everybody for the two amazing years I had together with Tech3. I'm happy about the move for next year, because we will still share very good moments, even if we are not in the same garage during the race weekend."
Herve Poncharal Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team Manager
Team Riders Johann Zarco and Hafizh Syahrin
"Finally the 2018 season is over. It was almost a season that never wanted to stop, because we thought we would have our last start in Valencia and then we had another start. So, as I was telling some of our guests, don't complain, you have two starts for the price of one.
"Anyway, it's been in a way a difficult weekend, because the weather was not what you expect for the big finale, not what you expect in sunny Valencia, but at the end of the day, it made it very exciting, very unpredictable, of course with a lot of crashes, when you have so little grip.
"But overall, I think it made the races maybe even more interesting and exciting than what it would have been in the dry, because you saw some strange results and a different podium. I want to say, that I am very happy and very proud that for the second year in a row Johann Zarco managed to clinch the best independent rider, sixth in the championship. I think this is quite an achievement.
"Today he was again the first Yamaha. I know we were not the fastest, but it was important to stay on your wheels today and finish the race and this is what Johann did. Two years ago we started the adventure with Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger and after two years with Johann we are twice best independent rider and last year's rookie. I think we did a good job together and I'm proud of what we have done.
"I just want to thank Johann a lot for his two seasons with us. He has been a very professional rider, he has been fast, he has been clever and I wish him good luck for his new challenge.
"On the other side, Hafizh Syahrin had a tough weekend, because he almost never rode the MotoGP bike with the Michelin tyres in the wet, so it was a good weekend to learn and I think he learned a lot. His nickname is 'Pescao', which normally means fish and usually a fish is happy when you have a lot of water. But clearly, although tenth position is maybe not what he was dreaming of, but I think he had a solid weekend and from FP1 on Friday to today the improvement of his riding style, of the gap to the top has been unbelievable. Clearly, this guy has a very special feeling on the wet and the feeling he was having in the Moto2 is coming in the MotoGP.
"I'm also very glad, that he could witness how good his future bike is on the wet condition, because this is a big challenge for all of us. Hafizh is part of this challenge and from Tuesday morning we will start a new chapter of our life as a team.
"Before ending my quote, I would like one more time to thank Yamaha a lot from the bottom of our hearts from the whole team, our two riders: big, big thank you to everybody, Yamaha management, engineers, because all what we've done during these last two seasons with Johann and this year with Hafizh has been possible because of the great support we had from Yamaha. So, this is the end, again thank you very much."
Eighth Bradley Smith British Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team #38
Race Points 8 Championship Position 18th, 38 Championship points
"Some things are just meant to be. I was pushing back to get to bike No.2 just to finish the race because there was only fifteen guys at that point. I did not want to 'go out' like that, with a crash and thinking 'what could have been': that's not what I'm about.
"I was running inside the top ten and my ambition this weekend was to get six points so I might be able to beat Pol in the championship. I got eight but he did a fantastic job today. It was obviously great to see and great for the team and all the boys.
"I'm happy I go out on my 'high' this was my best result. I cannot ask for much more."
Ninth Stefan Bradl German HRC Honda Team LCR Honda Castrol Team #6
Race Points 7 Championship Position 24th, 10 Championship points
"First of all I would like to say thank you to HRC and LCR for the support and help I have received after replacing Cal for these two races.
"I also wish Cal well and hope he can return next year even stronger on the bike. I enjoyed working with LCR again, there are still a lot of things I remember from the past.
"Today was an incredibly difficult race as you could see from the track condition, the amount of water there was incredible and there were many crashes. My confidence in the wet was not great because I don't have any experience riding the MotoGP bike in the wet, so for this reason I needed some laps to feel good. It took a while, but in these conditions it's easy to make mistakes and I'm happy I finished the race in ninth position. It's ok and thanks to the team for all their efforts."
Tenth Hafizh Syahrin Malaysian Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team #55
Race Points 6, Championship Position 16th, 46 Championship points
"First of all, I just want to say thank you very much to my team. We didn't expect, that we can arrive in the top 10 in wet conditions. There was a lot of drama, many riders crashed.
"We stopped the race and I was in P10. We believed that we can give a challenge to the other riders. For me, it was the first time, that I could do a full race in the wet, I learned many things.
"In the end, I'm just four points behind the best rookie, Franco Morbidelli. Congratulations to him! Anyway, I did my best.
"I want to thank all our sponsors, all my family and fans, that come to support me. I'm really happy to be here in MotoGP. Next week we start a new journey and I will keep on working hard. Thank you very much to everybody!"
Scott Redding 11th British Aprilia Racing Team Gresini #45
Race Points 5 Championship Position 21st, 20 Championship points
"This was a rather dangerous race. At the start, I couldn't see anything, there was so much water being kicked up by the other bikes. Only when I had some free track in front of me was I able to pick up the pace a bit.
"The bike was doing a lot of aquaplaning, like the others were, and the numerous crashes are a demonstration of that. I think it would have been right to stop the race earlier than it was.
"The conditions were truly risky. I think that my biggest limitation today was the rear tyre cooling down. I was constantly at the limit with grip, even trying to take it very easy on the throttle.
"After the second start, things were substantially the same for me and, considering the many riders who retired, at a certain point I was just thinking about taking home the best possible result."
Jorge Lorenzo 12th Spanish Ducati Team #99
Race Points 4, Championship Position Ninth, 134 Championship points
"So we've arrived at the end of my period in Ducati and I wasn't able to do the race that I wanted. The conditions were really complicated and it was easy to make a mistake and crash so I preferred not to take too many risks, given the state of my wrist.
"I did the best I could on this track but I was unable to be competitive. I feel bad for the team because I wanted to say goodbye to them with a good result, but in any case I want to remember all the positive things in the last two years. Even though we know we weren't able to obtain what we wanted to achieve when I joined Ducati, this year's wins were really special and I will always have a special place for them in my heart.
"The rapport with the team has been magnificent: they have always helped me in difficult moments and we have established a friendship that goes beyond mere racing. The professional level of all the engineers and technicians is very high and together we were able to make the Desmosedici GP one of the most competitive bikes on the grid, something that makes me very proud.
"I also want to thank all the Ducatisti for the support they have given me since the very first day I came to the factory at Borgo Panigale. I will never forget these two years together and a part of my heart will always be a Ducatista."
Valentino Rossi 13th Italian Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team #46
Race Points 3 Championship Position Third, 198 Championship points
"The feeling was very bad, because the conditions were tricky with four laps to go. We needed this result for my team and Yamaha, to finish the season in a nice way, but unfortunately I made a mistake.
"It's a great shame. It was a very similar crash to the one in Malaysia. We don't understand very well what happened. Maybe at the end we need to pay more attention.
"Still, it remained a good performance. Until that moment I enjoyed it, because I was strong, and I remained in third place in the championship, which is important."
Massimo Meregalli Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team Director
Team Riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales
"It's disappointing to end both the race weekend and the season in this manner, especially considering how well Valentino and Maverick were riding in the first race.
"After this morning's Warm Up, we knew that Vale had a good chance to be competitive at the front, even though he had to start from 16th on the grid. To me his riding was super impressive - he was fighting for the lead!
"But then the red flags came out, so that meant he had to start from third. He was again strong in the restart, so it's a great shame that he didn't get the result today that matched his pace and also his efforts.
"Maverick was very unlucky in the first race. He managed to ride around the problems a technical issue was giving him and was competing in fourth place. Had just set a new personal best lap when he crashed at very high speed. Of course, the first priority is that he's OK, and we're glad that he didn't sustain any major injuries.
"However, it was a pity that he crashed during lap 12 and the restarting grid was based on the results as of the start of lap 13. Clearly this is not the way we wanted to finish the season, but our riders really pushed hard in very difficult conditions today, so we couldn't have asked for more.
"It was a difficult season overall, but towards the end we made progress, which is the direction we will continue to work in starting from the first official testing days, held this Tuesday and Wednesday."
Marc Márquez Spanish Repsol Honda Team #93
No Race points, Championship Position First, 321 Championship points
"Today I had a big high-side, but the shoulder was okay, just a bit painful from yesterday. Unfortunately, it was a mistake that I chose the medium rear tyre on the grid, as that turned out not to be the best option.
"I said sorry to the team, as it was my decision; I had felt really good on it in FP3, but when it began to rain heavily after the start, everything became very difficult and got worse and worse, as it was difficult to keep the temperature in the tyre.
"Anyway, now it's time to enjoy these final moments having achieved the Triple Crown, which is something really special. The season has been very good, one of my best, without too many mistakes; today's was probably my worst one. I'm really proud of my 2018 season, but a new one begins on Tuesday."
Maverick Viñales Spanish Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team #25
No Race Points, Championship Position Fourth, 193 Championship points
"After the crash, I feel OK. I have no big injuries, only some pain in my shoulder. Anyway, it's been difficult, because I had a technical problem that didn't allow me to be faster at the start of the race. But then I concentrated so well, and I tried to ride very fast.
"I risked a lot, because for the championship I just needed to be in front of Valentino and he was riding really fast. It was a pity I had this issue, because without it, I would have been at the front fighting with Álex and Dovi.
"Anyway, we have to be happy that this is the third wet race where we are challenging at the front. I came back very strong from towards the back.
"Honestly, I'm happy the last five races have been so good. I was consistent and I felt very confident. We understand the bike and found out in which direction we needed to go, and we regained our confidence, so that's something to take away from 2018. It's important to understand what happened at the beginning of the season, so we can be smart and don't make the same mistakes.
"Now it's important to try the engines during the upcoming test, but I'm very happy with Yamaha. We are excited to start and I'm very motivated!"
The Championship is over for another year. He's how the rider's finished up after the 19 races.
Final MotoGP 2018 World Championship Standings
Statistics from motogp.com website and used to create all the above tables.
Within the in MotoGP Championship there are also some other Championships.
Top Independent Rider
This year Johann Zarco won the title again. He won it last year in his rookie year as well.
MotoGP Team Championship
This is the team whose riders both amalgamate the highest amount of points. This year Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez combined points won the title for Repsol Honda.
MotoGP Constructors Championship
The six manufacturers also fight for the Constructors Title and once again Honda won the title.
The MotoGP Triple Crown
In doing so HRC Honda (Honda Racing Corporation) won The MotoGP Triple Crown. That is the MotoGP Riders Championship, the MotoGP Team Championship and the MotoGP Constructors Championship,
Congratulations To The Winners Of The MotoGP Championship
The Championship has been won by Marc Márquez. He was presented with his trophy the evening of the Valencia race. Along with the second and third riders in the Championship, Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi.
Congratulations also to the winners of the Moto2 Championship and the Moto3 Championship.
The Moto2 World Championship
- Francesco Bagnaia KÁlex Italian
- Miguel Oliveira KTM Portuguese
- Brad Binder KTM South African
The Moto3 World Championship
- Jorge Martin Honda Spanish
- Fabio Di Giannantonio Honda Italian
- Marco Bezzecchi KTM Italian
Well what a Valencian dramatic MotoGP race!
That brings to a close another exciting season.
Now we look to next year, the 2019 season.
What will it bring?
With some riders are leaving the Championship, some changing teams and some new riders and teams joining the MotoGP premier class.
So let's look at the MotoGP rider changes for 2019
Johann Zarco goes to the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team and Dani Pedrosa joins him as KTM's test and development rider.
Danilo Petrucci joins the Factory Ducati Team.
Jorge Lorenzo moves to the Repsol Honda.
Andrea Iannone goes to Aprilia along with Bradley Smith who joins Aprilia as their test rider. Smith will also race in the new championship the MotoE, which is a new championship for 2019, all the machines are powered by electric motors.
Karel Abraham swaps satellite Ducati teams moves over to the Reale Avintia Ducati Team.
The new MotoGP teams for 2019
Two new teams join the MotoGP Championship
Malaysian SIC (Sepang International Circuit) Petronas Yamaha Team with Fabio Quartararo who is partnered by Franco Morbidelli who moving from the defunct Marc VDS Honda MotoGP Team.
KTM have a new satellite team, the Red Bull KTM Tech 3 Team managed by Herve Poncharal, basically the old Monster Tech 3 Team with riders Hafizh Syahrin and Miguel Oliveira, who progresses from Moto2.
The 2019 Rookies
The new 2019 riders joining MotoGP are Francesco Bagnaia joining the Alma Pramac Ducati Racing Team. Joan Mir joins the Ecstar Suzuki Team.
Jonas Folger returns to MotoGP as the Factory Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP test rider.
The 2018 Riders leaving MotoGP are
Thomas Lüthi who drops back down into Moto2
Alvaro Bautista surprisingly could not get a ride in MotoGP and goes to world superbikes.
Scott Redding who will compete in British SuperBikes with the Paul Bird Motorsports Ducati Team.
Also Xavier Simeon leaves MotoGP after one season, but stays with the Avintia Team to race in MotoE. Simeon will compete in the new electric MotoE World Championship series with the Avintia Team.
The 2019 MotoGP Teams and Riders are:
Alma Pramac Racing Ducati Team, Jack Miller, Francesco Bagnaia
The Factory Aprilia Team, Andrea Iannone, Aleix Espargaró, Bradley Smith
Factory Ducati Team, Andrea Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci, Michele Pirro
LCR Honda, Cal Crutchlow (Castrol), Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu)
SIC Petronas Yamaha SRT Team, Fabio Quartararo, Franco Morbidelli
Reale Avintia Ducati Racing Team, Karel Abraham, Tito Rabat,
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team, Johann Zarco Pol Espargaró, Dani Pedrosa
Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM Team, Hafizh Syahrin Miguel Oliveira
Repsol Honda Team, Marc Márquez Jorge Lorenzo
Ecstar Suzuki Team, Álex Rins Joan Mir
Monster Energy Yamaha Team, Valentino Rossi, Maverick Viñales, Jonas Folger
The 2019 MotoGP Season
The new season has started already, on Tuesday 20th November with the first of the two day pre-season testing. It took place at Valencia. With the riders trying out their new 2019 machines. Another test will be at Jerez.
The 2019 calendar looks like this
All of the 19 2018 MotoGP races have had their fair share of drama and incidents. Some with surprises, some with misfortune but all off them have been packed with wheel to wheel, fairing bashing close racing battles.
Overtakes by the hundreds and unpredictable outcomes. Which is why MotoGP is the largest growing and most exciting sport, as Lewis Hamilton said MotoGP IS the most exciting sport in the world.
I hope you have enjoyed reading all my MotoGP reports and all the photos. Keep coming back as I will be writing some interesting articles during the close season.
- Roland Potter