Press release previews from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 face final round of the 2015 season
Valencia will be the final destination for the Moto3 World Championship; a last round of the 2015 season that the Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders arrive at very motivated. For Navarro, the Valencian Grand Prix is a true ‘home race’, and teammate Quartararo returns from injury for the season finale.
Jorge Navarro and Fabio Quartararo are prepared for the last Grand Prix of the season, which takes place this weekend at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo. The venue is a very special track for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0, as last year Álex Márquez was crowned Moto3 World Champion there for the team after a thrilling race –in which he finished on the podium.
Arriving at the end of this season, just nine days ago, Navarro was on the rostrum once again at the Malaysian GP, claiming third place at Sepang after challenging for the win. The Spaniard had been strong right from the opening Free Practice, and was able to run a good strategy in the race. He will attempt to get onto the top step of the podium this weekend, in order to delight his home crowd and end the season on a high note.
Across the garage, Fabio Quartararo will rejoin Navarro for this Grand Prix, after recovering from an injury to his right foot. The young Frenchman, currently tenth in the overall standings, has worked intensively to arrive at Valencia in the best condition possible for the season closer.
Another local rider, Aaron Canet [Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0,0], suffered a crash during last Friday's free practice session for the FIM CEV at the Jerez circuit, and will now not participate as planned as a wild card in the Valencian GP. Canet will instead focus on the final two Spanish Championship races, which take place just one week after the World Championship’s visit to Valencia at the same track. The young protégé of Emilio Alzamora was treated by Dr. Jimeno at the Hospital Universitario Quiron Dexeus, and will not undergo surgery –instead undertaking intensive physiotherapy.
Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo
Did you know...?
The Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo is named after a Valencian rider who was twice World Champion in 50cc-the first time in 1978 and the second time in 1981. Tormo was also the first Valencian rider to win a world title.
The circuit is located very near the town of Cheste. Due to the good weather that is usually found in this area of the peninsula, many teams in the World Championship choose it as a testing track in preseason.
The track design allows spectators to see the entire 4 kilometres of the circuit from different positions, encompassing 9 left corners and 5 right corners.
Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider
10th in the overall standings with 92 points
"We have worked very hard to get to Valencia in the best shape possible"
"I have recovered quite a lot from my injury, but I’m still I'm not one hundred percent fit. Taking part in practice and the race will be quite a challenge, but we have worked very hard to get in the best physical shape possible. Not participating in the Malaysian Grand Prix also allowed me to recover more quickly. In addition, we are going to a track that I like a lot, because I know I can be very fast there and it isn’t very technical. I will work very hard with my crew from the opening day, in order to do my best in the race and fight in the front group."
Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider
8th in the overall standings with 137 points
"The Valencian GP will be very special for me because it’s my 'home race' "
"The weekend of the Valencian GP will be very special for me, because it is my home race in front of my fans and my family. In addition, we also had a very good last race in Malaysia and were fighting for the win until the end, but we know it's important to go to Valencia calm and not to put pressure on ourselves because of the circumstances. Both my crew and I will work as we have been doing all season, and if we can win at home to end the season, it would be perfect."
Rabat returns for season finale at Valencia
Gosselies, Belgium – 3 November 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS will be back to full strength at Valencia this weekend, with Tito Rabat returning from injury to ride alongside Álex Márquez in the final race of the season.
Rabat missed the three overseas races after sustaining a fractured radius in his left arm in a training crash at Almeria. The former Moto2 World Champion attempted to race in Japan and Australia, but a free practice crash at Phillip Island exacerbated the injury and the 26-year-old Spaniard was forced to return to Europe for further treatment.
Since arriving back in Europe Rabat has followed an intensive rehabilitation program aimed at improving both the mobility and the strength in his injured left wrist. The 26-year-old Spaniard is quietly confident that the injury will not be a limiting factor this weekend at Valencia, as he looks to mark his final Moto2 appearance before stepping up to MotoGP with a strong result.
After three difficult overseas races in which he scored just seven points and slipped from 11th to 14th in the championship standings, Márquez is keen to end his rookie Moto2 season on a high note this weekend in Valencia, where he finished on the podium and was crowned as the Moto3 World Champion just 12 months ago.
Although not reflected in the results, the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider continued to make significant steps forward with his Kalex Moto2 machine during the overseas races and he heads into the final race of the season keen to capitalise on this progress in front of his home crowd.
“Since returning from Australia my only focus has been on recovery, with three hours of physiotherapy on my injured left arm every day in addition to my normal training. The arm is now much stronger than it was in Japan and Australia and the articulation in my wrist is also a lot better, so I’m confident that I am ready to return to racing. I head to Valencia with no expectations; we will set goals for the weekend only once I’ve ridden the bike on Friday, after which I will have a much better idea of what is possible. This will be my last race in the Moto2 class, so I’d like to bow out with a good result on Sunday, before preparing myself for the MotoGP test on Tuesday and Wednesday.”
“We made so many steps forward in Malaysia but then in the race the conditions had changed, I had a lot of problems and then I crashed out after making a mistake. So the result wasn’t what we were expecting, but now we understand why there were problems, so we go into this weekend with some confidence. My motivation is high for the final race of the season at Valencia, a circuit where I have a lot of good memories. I hope that, with the support of the Spanish crowd behind me, I’ll be able to end the season on a high note this weekend.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“It’s been a tough season in general, but the three overseas races were particularly difficult ones for us. Tito was unable to ride in any of the triple-header races because of his injury, whereas Álex struggled to find his form and picked up points only in Australia. But that’s racing and the sign of a strong team is the ability to bounce back from setbacks such as these, which is exactly what I expect us to do this weekend in Valencia. Tito’s condition is much improved since Australia. He has a lot more mobility and strength in his injured wrist now, but we need to see him on the bike on Friday before we start setting goals for the weekend. A good result on which to end the season would go a long way to restoring Álex’s confidence after three difficult overseas races. He has the pace to be in the top five this weekend, or even the top three, but he needs to avoid the mistakes that cost him points in both Japan and Malaysia.”
BASTIANINI READY TO DEFEND THIRD PLACE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP AS DI GIANNANTONIO DEBUTS AT VALENCIA
The Ricardo Tormo Circuit at Valencia will host this weekend the final round of the 2015 Moto3 World Championship. An important race for the Gresini Racing Team Moto3, determined to return to fight for victory with Enea Bastianini and ready to replace Andrea Locatelli, still recovering from the fractured tailbone remedied last September 12th in Qualifying at Misano, with 17-year-old Grand Prix rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio.
While Danny Kent and Miguel Oliveira will take on the final battle for the world title, the main target for Enea Bastianini will be to defend the third position in the Championshp: the 17-year-old rider from Rimini, who has 196 points in the standings, can count on an advantage of 20 points on the closest rival, Romano Fenati.
Aboard the second Honda NSF250RW machine Fabio Di Giannantonio will make his debut in the World Championship: born October 10th, 1998, the rider from Rome this year was runner-up in both the Moto3 Italian Championship, where he took second place with two victories, and the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup (second in the standings with three wins).
“Compared to the tracks where we’ve been racing recently, Valencia is very small, so we will need to get accustomed to it! Unfortunately in the last three races we were a bit unlucky, but we are determined to bounce back: we will not give up till the end because we absolutely want to end the season on a high note. Recently it took us a bit of time to find the right set-up, so this time it will be important to start well right from the first free practice session, in order to be prepared for the race and collect a good result to defend the third position in the standings. Kent and Oliveira will fight the title and Oliveira will definitely attack because he has nothing to lose; I hope to be able to fight for the top positions as well, and of course I will give the maximum!”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO
“I’m very happy! Racing in the World Championship is the dream of every rider and for me this dream is slowly coming true. Everything will be new for me, so I have no particular expectations and I don’t have specific targets, other than to have fun and to live a beautiful experience. I never raced in Valencia, so I also have to learn the track, but I’m not worried about it: last year, in my debut season in the Rookies Cup I was able to quickly adapt to the tracks, which were all new for me. At least one thing will not be new, and I mean the other Italian riders, including Enea, with whom I raced together in minibikes and MiniGP. It will be nice to race again with them!”.
“We come to Valencia determined to finish the season in the best possible way: with Enea we’ve been competitive throughout the whole season, even though in the last few races we have collected less than we expected, so we want to bounce back. We will have to defend the third position in the standings, but apart from that we would like to come back in the fight for the top positions. Unfortunately Andrea Locatelli is still struggling with his fractured tailbone so he won’t be able to take part at the Grand Prix: Fabio Di Giannantonio will replace him; he’s a young and very interesting rider that this year did well in both the Moto3 Italian Championship and in the Red Bull Rookies Cup. We are pleased to give him this opportunity”.
Moto3 - Valencia is the last seasonal date for San Carlo Team Italia
Stefano Manzi and Manuel Pagliani will make their best to close 2015 season.
Integral part of World Championship since 1999, the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo is the theater of the last seasonal date of 2015 Moto3 World Championship, the top of meaningful season for San Carlo Team Italia. With the celebration of thirtieth anniversary of its foundation, Italian Motorcycling Federation team during the last seventeen rounds goes on with its own sports training of young Italian riders, gained important targets during last period.
Starting from his last performance at Sepang, Stefano Manzi will try to close at his best his first season on Moto3 World Championship at Valencia. The sixteen rider from Rimini is steadily growing up during all the Championship and he achieved three point placements on last five races, succeeding to place himself at sixth position into “Rookie of the Year” ranking, reserved only for newcomer riders.
Meaningful is also the progress of Manuel Pagliani (18th at Motegi QP, 13th at Phillip Island Race) who wants end this good moment with a spectacular performance at Valencia.
Cristiano Migliorati (Sport Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"Overpast positively the triple transfer outside Europe, all team perks up and now is ready to make its best for this last date at Valencia. Our motorbikes are okay, the team is focused on its target and riders want show again their value with great enthusiasm came from the results gained during the last period. We are on the right way and we don’t hyde our target for Valencia: end the race with both of our riders at points. It will be a great way to close this season for all of us and also for Manzi and Pagliani, who want make the best in order to clench their talent and potential."
Johann Zarco looks to make history in Valencia
The new Moto2 World Champion could this weekend set a new season record for podiums and points in the intermediate class.
11/04/2015 - Comunitat Valenciana Circuit, Spain
Ajo Motorsport rider Johann Zarco arrives at the Valencian Grand Prix prepared to continue making history, thanks to the results he has achieved this season. Ahead of him is the chance to claim two new records in the intermediate class. At Malaysia he equalled the 14 podiums in a season of Marc Marquez (2012) and Tito Rabat (2014), and he can take the record outright by placing on the rostrum this weekend. If he finishes higher than twelfth, he would also set a new record for most points in a season in the intermediate class, but the Frenchman is only focusing on winning.
The new World Champion continued his excellent season with an eighth win of the year at the Malaysian Grand Prix. After a fight for first place with Thomas Luthi, Zarco claimed the win on the final lap and thus took his 14th podium of the year. Now he heads to Comunitat Valenciana Circuit, where on his last two visits in the Moto2 class he has finished third. It is a good setting for him to finish off the best season of his career.
The Ajo Motorsport rider will line up on the grid on Sunday at 12:20pm, when the Moto2 riders take on their season finale.
5 JOHANN ZARCO
"We are looking forward to the final round of the World Championship in Valencia. Last year I managed to get on the podium, so we have a good memory coming into this weekend. It was also there that we had some of our first tests with the Kalex last season, and where I started to understand how to go fast with this bike. Now we are in November and it is already starting to get cold, so we must adapt to the conditions. Valencia is a nice circuit, which had its surface relayed a few years ago –allowing us to go very fast. It has many left handers, so when you have a right hander you need to be careful.
The goal, as always, should be the victory. We will focus on that and put the records to one side. If I do my work as I have at each Grand Prix up to now, the records will come. Also, doing a good job will help us for 2016."
Nothing is impossible for Oliveira
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider reaches final round in Valencia with title chance, after clawing back 86 points in 5 races. Brad Binder and Karel Hanika look to complete the year with good results.
11/04/2015 - Comunitat Valenciana Circuit, Spain
Few would have bet that Miguel Oliveira would be in the fight for the Moto3 title coming into the Valencian GP, after he was some 110 points behind the series leader following the British Grand Prix. However, the belief of both he and Red Bull KTM Ajo have taken the Portuguese into the series finale with a chance. Three wins and two second places from the past five races have taken him to 24 points off the top spot, with 25 still in play. Brad Binder, who has been on the podium at the last two races, and Karel Hanika, will head to the Spanish track looking complete the year with good results.
For Miguel Oliveira to win the title on Sunday, he must win the race and hope that rival Danny Kent places no higher than fifteenth. His streak over the last five races, in which he has cut the gap between the two by 86 points, allows him to keep dreaming. The best result for the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider at Valencia to date is eighth place last year.
Third in Australia and second in Malaysia, Brad Binder has made a solid push in the final stage of the season. More comfortable than ever over on his bike, the South African has become a regular fixture in the top positions. At Valencia in 2012, he came close to the rostrum with fourth place.
A crash whilst riding in the leading group prevented Karel Hanika from completing the race in Malaysia amongst the frontrunners. In the final race of the year, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider wants to round off his second season with the team in a positive manner –improving on the tenth place he took at Valencia last year.
The final Moto3 race of the season takes place at 11am this Sunday. For the third consecutive year, the Red Bull KTM Ajo team reach the last GP of the year with a chance of winning the title –a feat no other team has managed in Moto3.
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"This last race in Valencia will be a special race, as the new World Champion will be decided in Moto3, although this will not change our usual way of working. From Friday, the team will work together as we have always done to get the win on Sunday. We will try to get the most out of my KTM, with which I feel comfortable, and ride our own race. Once we have crossed the finish line on Sunday we will see how we have done. Valencia is a track where we are used to having good races and conditions should be favourable, so we'll see what happens and make this final push of the year; it’s sure to be worth it."
41 BRAD BINDER
"The Valencia circuit is very special to me. Now not only because the race is the last of the year, but because it is also the track closest to where I live in Spain. I can go there easily by car and on the Thursday, so everything will be easier. In addition, it will be a special weekend not only for me but for the team, as Miguel [Oliveira] has a chance to win the title. It should be a great GP. I’m sure there will be very good atmosphere in the team to finish the year as high up as possible. Personally, I have always enjoyed riding at this track. I'm sure if we work hard, I feel comfortable and I push hard, we can take a great result. I can’t wait for the weekend to begin."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"I am looking forward already to this last Grand Prix in Valencia, because last year we didn’t do too badly there. We started from the second row and completed the race in the Top 10, after being up in fifth and sixth along the way. I like the circuit and have tested there several times, always feeling quite comfortable and fast. I hope I can finish the season with a good result."
SIMEON RETURNS TO SPAIN FOR 2015 SEASON FINALE
Xavier Siméon and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 return to Spain this weekend for the final round of the 2015 Moto2 World Championship, the Grand Prix of Valencia on the twisty Ricardo Tormo circuit. Having scored 17 points in the flyaway triple-header of races, with a fifth place finish at Phillip Island and the tenth place at Sepang, the 26-year-old Belgian rider is determined to finish on a high note a good season that saw him often fighting for the top positions.
On a track where he has shown a good level competitiveness during winter testing, Siméon will therefore try to battle for a podium finish, as well as defending the seventh position in the Championship from Takaaki Nakagami, who is 18 points behind him in the standings.
“It's good to be back racing in Spain and I can’t wait to get on track: I’ve always loved the Valencia circuit. In the winter tests carried out before the season we’ve been very competitive at this track, so we are very confident about our chances to fight at the top. I would love to finish the season and the two years together with Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Team with a podium finish, so I will give my maximum to get it!”.
“In Valencia we will find a nice track, where we have been very fast during winter testing: Simeon is very motivated and he has the potential to fight for a podium finish. Both in Australia and in Malaysia we have found a good level of competitiveness, so we arrive in Spain very confident of being able to finish the season in a good way”.
Valencia to host the final act of the Moto3 World Championship for the Sky Racing Team VR46
Fenati is to celebrate the 70th GP of his career. Migno ready to end his rookie season with a bang. Moto3 World Championship debut for Nicolò Bulega as wild card.
#IOSTOCONVALE – For the grand finale in Spain, the Sky Racing Team VR46 will be supporting Valentino Rossi with a motorcycle fairing dedicated to him
Final act of the World Moto3 ™ for the Sky Racing Team VR46 at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. There are many topics of interest gravitating around the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, that on Sunday, November 8, will award the title of World Champion in the lightweight class: in the title fight British rider Danny Kent (253 points) and the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira (229). The fight for the 3rd place in the overall standings is still open with an all-Italian challenge between Enea Bastianini (196), Romano Fenati (176) on the Sky Team Racing VR46 and Niccolò Antonelli (174).
Special occasion for Romano Fenati that in Valencia will reach the prestigious milestone of 70 GPs in his Moto3™ World Championship career. Since his debut in 2012 in Qatar (2nd), Fenati has imposed himself as the most successful Italian rider in the category with 6 wins (5 of which on the Sky Racing Team VR46), one pole position (this year at Motegi) and other 7 podium finishes. Fenati will celebrate this special anniversary at a circuit where he has not got great fortunes in the World Championship (18th, 11th and 14th in the 2012-2014 period).
Valencia is without doubt one of the best known circuits by Andrea Migno. The nineteen-year-old rookie from Romagna, currently 4th in the special ranking "Rookie of the Year" for riders in their first full season in the Moto3 series, has had several chances to ride at the Ricardo Tormo in the CEV since the 2010 season, surprising everyone in 2011 with a convincing 8th place on the starting grid (14th in the race), winning the points in 2012 (13th) and even finishing 6th in the two races scheduled in 2013, after having got away from 5th on the grid.
Alongside Romano Fenati and Andrea Migno in Valencia there will be the new talent of the Sky Racing Team VR46 for season 2016, Nicolò Bulega taking part in the race weekend as wild card. Turned sixteen last October 16, the rider from Romagna will head to Cheste for his debut in the Moto3™ World Championship, confident of the victory he took last Sunday in the Moto3™ World Junior Championship at Circuito de Jerez.
#IOSTOCONVALE. The Sky Racing Team VR46 will be supporting Valentino Rossi with a dedicated motorcycle fairing in a race valid for his tenth world championship title.
ON TV. Sunday November 8, Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, last round of the Moto3 World Championship, will be aired at 11 am live on Sky Sport MotoGP HD and live FTA on Cielo (DTT channel 26, Sky channel 126 and Tivùsat channel 19) and in simulcast on MTV8 (channel 8 of DTT or 121 of Sky remote).
PABLO NIETO / Team Manager
2015 was an exciting year for us, as it started with the stunning victory at Le Mans, then continued with several podium finishes and the great experience lived together which has further cemented our group. Now we can’t wait to race in Valencia to end this season with a flourish: Romano has a few chances to finish in the top-3 of the overall standings while Andrea’s aim is to stay in the top 10. They are both highly motivated ahead of the race and we will try to comply with their requests in order to go into the weekend at best. Valencia will also feature Nicolò Bulega’s debut in the Moto3 World Championship as a wild card: he will get onto the track in shining form after his first victory of the season in the Moto3™ World Junior Championship he got at Circuito de Jerez, but his main aim will be to learn and have fun ahead of next season as a regular.
ROMANO FENATI / Rider
We have come to the last race of the World Championship. The last three rounds outside Europe were very challenging but they gave us some satisfaction too, so I came back home with a great motivation and I resumed training ahead of the championship finale. Valencia hosts a key race, we are still in the fight for third place in the overall standings and this will spur us into giving our best to end this 2015 season on the Sky Racing Team VR46 with a bang.
ANDREA MIGNO / Rider
This will be the last race of my first season on the Sky Racing Team VR46 so we will try to make the most of the experience we have gained so far to get a great result on Sunday. 2015 was an amazing year, it will stay with me forever. We will try to pull off a good race in Valencia, that would be a great confidence boost ahead of next season.
NICOLO' BULEGA / Rider
I'm happy, proud and above all excited for this great opportunity to be in Valencia and participate in the race of the Moto3 World Championship. I will make the most of this chance I have been given and I will give 100% or even more, also ahead of next weekend when, on this very same circuit, I will be fighting for the CEV title.
LEOPARD RACING HEADS WELL PREPARED INTO THE FINAL SHOWDOWN
The Valencian Grand Prix welcomes the Moto3 World Championship for the season’s finale already, with a fierce battle for the lower cylinder category crown expect to be decided between Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent and Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira. Kent, who missed out the chance to clinch the title for three times in the last races sees himself in a good position as he just needs two points to bring it home whilst his teammates Efren Vazquez and Hiroki Ono are targeting to round up their 2015 campaign in style respectively.
Teams and riders in the World Championship arrived well back in Europe to head for the finale at Spain’s Valencia circuit this weekend where they are welcomed by bright skies and ambient temperatures. The weather forecast for the weekend is good, so everything is set for a great showdown at the awesome circuit.
21-year-old Danny Kent from Great Britain still leads the championship in a comfortable way with a 24 points gap over his one and only rival Miguel Oliveira. This means, that Kent has to score just to points to be crowned Moto3™ World Champion 2015 this Sunday. Kent and his crew put all pressure from their shoulders, trying to be focussed working on their race pace and try to avoid any troubles throughout the probably most important weekend of the year.
Meanwhile the team’s Spanish rider Efren Vazquez looks forward to another home race for him but this time even more motivated due to the Valencian Circuits awesome location that provides an atmosphere like a football stadium. This of course is something new for the team’s rookie Hiroki Ono, who knows the track but never raced there in front of the full-seated grandstands around the 4 kilometres track.
Race action on track gets underway with Friday’s first free practice before the competition to fierce up Saturday afternoon with the all-important qualifying. The final showdown for this year’s Moto3 crown is set to start on Sunday at 11:00 am. After demanding 24 laps we hopefully will see Danny Kent with the well-earned number one place on his Honda machine.
#7 Efren VAZQUEZ - World Championship position 6th (155 points):
“I really look forward to this weekend’s season finale in Valencia because for my opinion it’s the best place to conclude the championship at this amazing circuit. It is always nice to race there in front of the huge Spanish crowd and in this awesome atmosphere. Of course, I want to finish this year’s championship with a high note as well as giving a big thank you to my team for their great efforts throughout the season. However, we have to wait and see how the weather will appear because the conditions there are that much different if it is dry or wet. Therefore, the Valencia track is a really difficult one in rainy conditions. In any way I will go out there for a strong result this Sunday just to keep the good momentum before heading into the winter break.”
#52 Danny KENT - World Championship leader (253 points):
“Well, we’re going into the finale race with a 24 points lead so everybody is asking me if there is pressure on my shoulders but I have to admit that we even missed it three times already to clinch the title, though we just need to gain two points by finishing within the top 14 riders if Oliveira wins. Nevertheless, to achieve that we need to try to avoid getting involved in troubles not only during the race but also throughout the entire weekend. Anyway, I hope we can do like that and we will leave Valencia as world champions. But honestly speaking, this is racing and everything can happen. In any case we arrived in Valencia after a great year for us so I really look forward to the season’s finale even it will come down to the line this Sunday for us. The target is clear mentioned already so for this we must be clever and work the entire weekend for a strong race pace. Of course, I will go out there and try my best to do a great job for my team and me. It will be a tough job ahead of us because for me Moto3 is the hardest class to plan how to approach a race in terms of tactics. It happens many times that you go out from the last corner in first position and enter the next turn in tenth position or something like this. So from this we have to keep focussed working on our race pace. As we already missed three times the chance to win the championship I would say, it is better to win it late as never. As said I’m ready to go out for it again.”
#76 Hiroki ONO - World Championship position 22nd (21 points):
“I know the Valencia Circuit from last year when I raced there in CEV Spanish Championship. The memories are not as good as I crashed and suffered a hand injury. Anyway, it is a nice track but with some difficulties to get to grips with it but I really look forward to go out on track there because of the awesome atmosphere to be expected this time. I think we will race in front of a full house and of course I want to round up this season with good results for me and my team.”
Moto3’s Kent & Oliveira fight for championship – whilst Oettl & Loi fight for first #ForeverForward award in Valencia
While Johan Zarco was crowned 2015 FIM Moto2 World Champion in Japan, for the third consecutive year the Moto3 World Champion will be decided at the final round. In Valencia on 8th November. Only in the first year of Moto3 was the title clinched before the season finale when Sandro Cortese took the win with two round in hand. Since then it has been a battle to the last lap of the season. This year, Danny Kent or Miguel Oliveira will lift the trophy – Kent has a 24 point advantage with 25 available for the race victory. Kent has taken six wins to Oliveria’s five but the Portuguese rider has won the last two rounds back-to-back.
Valencia Dry Tyre Allocation
Valencia holds the 18th and final round of the MotoGP championships on 8th November. Dunlop’s engineers have recommended soft and medium tyres with the exception of the Moto2 rears for which the two hard options will be available.
The prize for the most positions gained during a race throughout the season, is essentially being decided between Philipp Oettl and Livio Loi, but there are also outsiders who could spring a surprise and claim the first ever Dunlop #ForeverForward award
• With fights from the back of the grid being a hot topic in Valencia, Dunlop riders have already proved that it is possible to pass far more than 20 competitors in a race:
o Oettl – 31 positions gained in Indianapolis
o Kent – 27 position gains at Le Mans
o Fenati – 26 position gains in Argentina
o Loi – 25 position gains in Indianapolis and 23 gains at Silverstone
o Suzuki – 23 position gains at Silverstone
o Locatelli – 20 position gains at Motegi
• All the 20+ gains so far were in Moto3 – Franco Morbidelli was Moto2’s highest scorer in an individual race gaining 17 places by finishing in 5th having started in 22nd for the Argentinian race.
• Oettl – gained more places in Austin, Le Mans and Indianapolis than 73 riders’ full season tallies up to Valencia.
• Jesko Raffin is Moto2’s highest scorer.
• Franco Morbidelli was Moto2’s highest scorer in an individual race gaining 17 places by finishing in 5th having started in 22nd for the Argentinian race.
• Ana Carrasco gained an impressive total of 97 places during the season but up to Valencia hasn’t yet scored a championship point – it won’t be long with that track record
Simon Betney, International Event Manager, Dunlop Motorsport:
“We’ve still got one event to go which promises to be an exciting end to the year. The racing just seems to get better – we have some very talented riders competing on our tyres out there. I think the manoeuvres that we’ve seen and the sheer number of position gains throughout the year have been fantastic. The Dunlop #ForeverForward league has been good for highlighting some of the promising fighters who have consistently pushed their way through the pack and they have one more chance to make their mark this coming weekend.”