2009 Final MotoGP World Championship Standings After Round 17, Valencia, Valencia

MotoGP Championship standings for round 17, 2009

2009 Final 250cc World Championship Standings After Round 17, Valencia, Valencia

Championship standings for round 17, 2009

2009 Final 125cc World Championship Standings After Round 17, Valencia, Valencia

Championship standings for round 17, 2009

2009 Valencia MotoGP Race Result - Warm Up Incident Throws Result In Air

Result and summary of the final MotoGP round of 2009 at Valencia:

2009 Valencia 250cc Race Result - Title Settled In Chaotic Race

Results and summary of the last ever 250cc race, in which the World Champion is crowned:

2009 Valencia 125cc Race Result - Last-Lap Duel Settles Final Honors

Results and summary of the 125cc race at Valencia:

2009 Valencia 250cc Warm Up Result - Simoncelli Readies For Battle

Alex Debon went out for a test lap, but was in too much pain. So the final 250 race ever will start with a different polesitter. Debon qualified on pole, but because he won't be starting, Marco Simoncelli will be starting from pole, alongside Hector Barbera, Ratthapark Wilairot and Hiroshi Aoyama, who moves up onto the front row.

Results: 

Saturday Images From Valencia

Sadly, our regular photographer Scott Jones couldn't make it to Valencia. Fortunately, we ran into Israeli TV commentator Tammy Gorali, who also happens to be a pretty mean snapper herself. She was kind enough to allow us to use some of the shots she took today during qualifying.


Hello knees, hello toes


Robot dancing attracts a particular kind of groupie


Andrea Dovizioso has a specially designed helmet on this weekend

MotoGP Back To 1000cc From 2012

The 800cc formula is dead. MotoGP is set to return to 1000cc from 2012, according to a proposal submitted to the Grand Prix Commission at Valencia today. The 800cc bikes have received a deluge of criticism, almost from the moment they were introduced, and that deluge has finally buried them.

The decision has hinged upon a change of mind by the MSMA, the manufacturers association. So far, the manufacturers have been opposed to any changes to the MotoGP formula, partly because high costs of entry created a barrier to new entrants in the class, allowing the existing participants to dominate the class. But the high costs have taken their toll even on the existing manufacturers, and with the future of Suzuki in the class in doubt under the current rules, and even doubt about just how long Honda was prepared to continue, a change was almost inevitable. 2012 is the earliest date it is possible to make the change, as the current 5 year contract that exists between Dorna, the FIM and the MSMA expires at the end of 2011. That contract states that no changes may be made to the engine capacity without a unanimous decision by all of the manufacturers in the MSMA.

Rookies-Only Test Approved For November

The reduction in testing has been a double-edged sword in MotoGP, allowing costs to be cut on the one hand, but punishing the six rookies due to enter the class for the 2010 season. With so many rookies coming, the factories - or at least one of them - have been keen to bend the rules to help the incomers adapt to MotoGP. The request for more testing for the rookies faced a lot of opposition, and up until this morning, it looked like it would be denied.

Once in the Grand Prix Commission, held at Valencia this afternoon, things swung the other way. At the request of Suzuki, the MSMA put the request to the Permanent Bureau (consisting of Dorna CEO and FIM president Vito Ippolito), bypassing the Grand Prix Commission, and the Permanent Bureau approved one extra test to be held at Estoril in the middle of November. This was a compromise proposal, as the MSMA had initially requested one extra test for the rookies, plus one day extra prior to the three official MotoGP tests to be held at Sepang and Qatar in February and March of 2010. The Permanent Bureau rejected the extra day of testing for the rookies at the three official tests, but allowed two days of testing at Estoril.

2009 Valencia 250cc QP Result - Polesitter Crashes In Final Minute

Results of qualifying for the 250 class at Valencia:

2009 Valencia MotoGP QP Result - Pole Taken With Comfortable Advantage

Results of qualifying practice for the MotoGP class:

2009 Valencia 125cc QP Result - Pole Settled By Four Thousandths

Results of Qualifying Practice for the 125cc class:

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