Press releases from the teams and Bridgestone ahead of the final round of MotoGP this weekend at Valencia:
Valencia ready to host firecracker finale to 2015 season
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 17:06
Nicky Hayden and Eugene Laverty desperate for a good result to sign off from the season in style at POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar Team's home race
After three exhausting weeks of intense work on the other side of the planet, the MotoGP World Championship returns to Europe this weekend for the final round of 2015, the Gran Premio de la Comunidad Valenciana. Tickets for the Ricardo Tormo circuit sold out weeks ago in anticipation of a final-round title-decider, which is exactly what the fans will get on Sunday. Like in 2013 when he fought to the bitter end with Marc Márquez, Jorge Lorenzo goes into the final weekend with a championship chance but trailing on points, this time to his team-mate Valentino Rossi, who himself missed out on the title in the last race of the season at Valencia back in 2006. The Italian leads the Spaniard by seven points although recent headlines have been more related to the recent clash between Rossi and Márquez at Sepang. Regardless of the controversy that still surrounds that race, there is a championship at stake on Valencian soil this Sunday.
The MotoGP World Championship title that Rossi missed out on back in 2006 famously went to Nicky Hayden, who this weekend contests his final MotoGP race and his last as a POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar Team rider before heading to World Superbikes. It is a fitting place for the American, who will be inducted as a MotoGP Legend, to sign off but his main focus, as ever, is on securing the best possible result for himself and the team. On the other side of the garage Eugene Laverty is aiming for the best result of his rookie MotoGP season. The Irishman is also keen to give the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar Team reason to celebrate in their home round.
Nicky Hayden: “Well it's Valencia, the last race of the season! Valencia is a track I enjoy. It's kind of small but I really like the atmosphere and the layout. It is a very tough track because you really have to hit your marks and put all of the corners together because each one kind of leads into the next. It's also a place that holds great memories for me and we know this is going to be my last ride in MotoGP so I am looking forward to trying to have some fun there this weekend. I know it won't be an easy weekend but I am desperate to leave with a smile and I am looking forward to it very much.”
Eugene Laverty: “The final round of the season brings us back to Europe after the three hectic flyaway races. I'm still a little concerned about the burn under my right foot from the Sepang race. The extent of the injury only became visible 72 hours after the race and these things take time to heal. Thankfully Valencia is an anti-clockwise circuit with just a few right hand turns so I hope that I can ride without too much discomfort. Valencia is the final race of the Open class category before the rule changes for 2016 and I'd love to be the rider to win it. The problem is that there are several others thinking the same thing! Valencia is the team's home circuit and so that gives us extra motivation to go out and finish the season on a high."
Marquez and Pedrosa en route to Valencia for 2015 season finale
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are headed for the ultimate race of 2015 in front of their home fans.
The MotoGP race at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana is held on a 4km track comprising of five right handed corners, eight left handers and a 650m straight. Although the track is regarded as quite small, the stadium style grandstands can seat up to 150,000 spectators.
With their recent run of form – winning the last three races – the Repsol Honda Team will be hoping to make it four in a row this weekend, ending the season on a high note and putting the situation in Malaysia between Marc and Rossi behind them.
Marc, who won in Phillip Island but unfortunately crashed out in Sepang after contact with Rossi, has enjoyed three podiums at this track including two victories – 2014 (MotoGP) and 2012 (Moto2). Dani, who has won two of the last three races (Malaysia and Japan), has a fantastic record here celebrating ten podiums which include six 1st positions – 2012, 2009, 2007 (MotoGP), 2005, 2004 (250cc), 2002 (125cc).
Championship Standing: 3rd - 222 points
"It’s been a difficult week after what happened in Sepang but I’ve tried my best to put it behind me and concentrate on my training and looking forward to the final race of the season. We want to finish on a high note so we will work hard from Friday to get the bike setup well and give ourselves the best chance for the race. I’ve had mixed results here in the past but I enjoy racing here in front of the home fans. I hope the events of the past week can be put behind us and we can focus on the race."
Championship Standing: 4th - 190 points
"It’s been a great but tiring few weeks. We’ve worked hard and won two races and this is something I couldn’t have imagined in Qatar at the beginning of the year. Now we arrive in Valencia for the final race of 2015 and it would be great to finish with another victory. I’ve had good results here in the past so I hope to be able to put on a good show in front of all the Spanish fans and fight for the win."
Yamaha Gears Up for the Spanish Grand Finale
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo prepare to go head-to-head during the final round of the 2015 MotoGP season at Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo this weekend where the championship will be decided.
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP have made their way back to Europe to wrap up the 2015 MotoGP season in Spain this weekend at the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana.
With just seven points separating Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo in their battle for the championship title, the riders are shaping up for a fierce battle on Sunday.
After three intense race weekends overseas Valentino Rossi arrives in Spain with a chance to win his tenth World Championship Title, which would be his eighth in the premier class. Though Valencia is admittedly not his favourite stop on the MotoGP calendar, he has enjoyed his fair share of success there and hopes to add another top result to his tally. In previous years he secured two premier class wins in 2003 and 2004, three second places in 2002, 2009 and 2014, and three third places in 2005, 2008, and 2010.
Teammate Lorenzo rode three very strong races during the fly-away rounds and arrives at his fourth and final home Grand Prix of the season ready for battle. He looks forward to delighting his fans with another podium place this weekend and hopes to celebrate with them his fifth World Championship title victory, his third in the MotoGP class. So far Lorenzo has claimed two premier class victories at this circuit in 2010 and 2013 and a third place podium position in 2009.
The 4.0 km Ricardo Tormo circuit was completed in 1999 and has a unique atmosphere since the round of Valencia became the traditional closing stage of the MotoGP calendar in 2002. The circuit is known to draw record crowds and it will be even more popular this year as the 2015 championship will be decided in the final race of the season, making it a must-be-at event. The layout of the circuit permits fans a perfect view of all parts of the track from every stand, so they won‘t miss any of the final racing action.
It will be a very intense weekend and also a very important one. I want to think just about what will happen at the track. My goal is to work at my best capabilities with my team and make the most of every session to get to the race on Sunday with everything I need to express myself in the best way possible. I'm still waiting to hear the decision of the CAS, but I hope I can do a normal GP to battle and fight for the title on equal terms with Jorge. In Valencia there will be so many fans and I'm glad for that. I'll try to do my best on the track.
We have arrived in Valencia after a very busy and exciting season. In Malaysia we got a good result and we recovered more points in the championship, but I will skip past all that happened there and stay focused in Cheste, where there is a lot at stake. I hope the fans will support us at home and that we will have a good race. This year I won the previous three races that were held in Spain and to do well in Valencia would be amazing. I've always noticed the warmth of the fans and I'm sure in Valencia we will enjoy a great show. I will give everything on the track to get this championship title.
The end of the season is rapidly approaching as we head to Valencia for the final race. This weekend will be a very important one for Yamaha as we will officially claim the ’Triple Crown‘. I‘m sure the fans are just as curious as we are about which of our riders will win the rider title. Both Vale and Jorge are in top shape and we are sure they will put in their maximum effort as they always do. Throughout the entire season the team and riders have done a great job and we are motivated to work hard this weekend to give it our all in the last race. We aim to hit the ground running in the first session on Friday, so our riders have the means to close the season in the best way possible.
Ducati Team conclude 2015 season at the Ricardo Tormo circuit with the Valencia GP
Eight months and seventeen races since the start of the championship in Qatar, the MotoGP teams and riders are arriving in Spain for the final round of the season, the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana.
The race at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, which is situated at Cheste close to Valencia, is the fourth event this year on Spanish soil. It is a medium-slow and twisty track that runs in a counter-clockwise direction. As is tradition, the race on Sunday will be followed by official IRTA tests in preparation for next season and on Tuesday and Wednesday, the two Ducati Team riders, Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone, will continue working with the new tyre supplier and on the development of the new unified software.
The Ducati Team has obtained two MotoGP wins at Valencia, with Troy Bayliss in 2006 and with Casey Stoner in 2008. Andrea Dovizioso has taken part in seven MotoGP races, with his best result a third place in 2011. Last year he finished in ninth place after qualifying fourth. For Andrea Iannone, this will be the third MotoGP race at this circuit: in 2014 the Italian qualified on the front row with the second-quickest time, but after leading for several laps, he had to make a pit-stop to change the bike and he finished the GP well down the field.
Iannone is currently lying fifth in the overall standings with 188 points, two behind Dani Pedrosa, while Dovizioso is in seventh place with 153 points.
Valencia will also see the return of Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro, who will race the Desmosedici GP15 for the third time this season as a wild-card. Pirro has scored one win at the Spanish circuit, in 2011 in the Moto2 category.
Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team #29) – 5th (188 points)
“The Valencia track is a favourable one for us: last year with the GP14 I led for the first ten laps and remained in the leading positions for the next 5, so I hope to be able to fight with the top guys again this year. I think that the GP15 has a good potential at Valencia and I will try to make up the two-point gap separating me from Pedrosa. For me it’s vitally important to finish fourth in the championship, so I will focus my race on Dani and try and finish ahead of him.”
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 7th (153 points)
“We are going to Valencia with the firm intention of getting a good result, even though it’s not going to be easy because for the last few races my feeling with the GP15 hasn’t been the same as it was in the early part of the season. In any case I will give my all, as always, because I want to finish this season in the best possible way.”
Michele Pirro (Ducati Test Team #51) – 23rd (8 points)
“I am pleased to take part in the final race of the MotoGP season at Valencia, because for me it is very important to be able to confirm the progress of the GP15 and the form I showed at Misano, unfortunately only in practice. I want to make amends for the misfortune I had in the San Marino GP and I am confident I can have a good weekend.”
The Ricardo Tormo Circuit
The Valencia circuit, which was inaugurated in 1999, hosted its first Grand Prix that same year. The 4 km long track contains fourteen corners and an 876 metre long main straight. Although the circuit is relatively small, the main complex houses 48 pits and the long grandstands that surround the track, stadium-like, can contain over 150,000 spectators. The circuit layout creates a unique atmosphere, giving the public a spectacular view of the entire arena.
VIÑALES TO CLAIM ROOKIE OF THE YEAR TITLE AT VALENCIA
Team Suzuki Press Office – November 4.
The last race of the 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship is about to take place at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana and the enthusiasm of Team SUZUKI ECSTAR is buoyed by the fact that their rider Maverick Viñales is already winner of the Rookie of the Year title.
The young Spaniard leads the special classification with 92 points, making his first season in the Top Class a positive one. His path to the title came through consistency; although his performances in some races were not as good as he was expecting, his riding skills and efficiency on the Factory GSX-RR has constantly improved. The positive side of his performance is highlighted by the fact that he has always been inside the top 15 and well into the points in 15 GPs out of the 17 raced so far.
On Sunday evening he will be crowned Rookie of the Year at the annual FIM MotoGP Awards Ceremony 2015.
The Valencia GP is also looked forward to by Aleix Espargaro, who is getting back to Spain after the Far Eastern rounds with the desire to finish his first season with Team SUZUKI ECSTAR in a positive way; and he is looking forward to test the new set-up that will mark the beginning of the 2016 season.
The Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana is a facility completed in 1999 and since then has been hosting the GP de la Comunitat Valenciana. The track is pretty tight, but the complex can hold around 150,000 fans in the stadium style grandstands. Being the last GP of the season it will see many people coming to support their heroes. The MotoGP™ events are held on a 4km track comprising five right-handed corners, eight left-handers and a 650m straight, for a total distance of 120.2 km (74.7 miles) covered in 30 laps.
“The last races marked a positive improvement in the finalisation of the set-up of my machine and my feeling has got better and better since the difficulties I had after the mid-part of the season, but the results we had didn’t satisfy me completely. I feel that we are working hard and positively but we still miss something. The Valencia round will be the last one of the season and I definitely want to get a positive result, to pay back the efforts that me and my crew and the Factory put in this project. My expectations were to end the Championship in the top 10, but unfortunately I’m in 11th place right now but we have the 100-points target very close and I’m only six points away from the top 10, therefore there is still room for a positive end of the season. After the race we will start testing for 2016, it will be very interesting to see how we will manage the new tyres and new electronics, even though I want to take it step by step; first the race and then we think about the test.”
“For sure I’m happy for having taken the Rookie of the Year title, even if it wasn’t my priority it is a good feeling. My objective for this year was not to focus on the classification but to learn as much as possible with the new class and the new machine; also being a Factory rider in a fully organised Factory team. This has been an amazing experience, I could learn a lot and I feel I still have much to gain, this keeping my ambition always high. The race in Valencia will be important as all the others, we are very close to the 100-points target and not so far from the top 10 in the Championship; it will be hard but it would be a good result after the positive season. I like the circuit, it could also be good for our machine’s layout and the fight will be very interesting. We have developed a way to approach the race that makes me feel comfortable, I like to work hard to prepare for the race and this is basically what we are going to do.”
BAUTISTA AND BRADL ARE ON THE TRACK TO CONFIRM THE PROGRESS THAT THE APRILIA PROJECT HAS DEMONSTRATED IN THE LAST THREE RACES
Valencia (Spain), 3 November 2015 - Recent MotoGP Championship races have seen Bautista and Bradl demonstrating the good progress made in the performance of the RS-GP. Both of the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini riders shone in the three Pacific area rounds: in Japan Bradl had the best qualifiers of the season, barely missing out on Q2 by just over a hundredth of a second, in Australia Bautista rode one of the best races of the year, significantly reducing the gap behind the leaders, whereas at Sepang it was Stefan who finished the race in tenth place, matching the best finish of the season for the RS-GP. These results are indicators of the progress achieved and which make the team optimistic for the project development which foresees a completely new bike on the track in 2016. At Valencia, in the last race of the championship, Bautista and Bradl will be seeking confirmation of this positive trend.
ROMANO ALBESIANO (Aprilia Racing Manager)
“In recent races some significant progress in our performance was demonstrated and it is important to note that this happened on tracks with very different characteristics from one another - Motegi, Phillip Island and Sepang. The Valencia track will be another important test bench to build experience with its specific traits. Here we will also be trying to bring home a good result in this round which is at the same time the last round of the season and the first event of next season, with tests scheduled on the days following the race, with the new tyres and the new electronic management systems."
FAUSTO GRESINI (Team Manager)
“We are preparing for the last round of the season with exactly the same enthusiasm that we've had for all the races held so far. In fact, this year every Grand Prix has been a new discovery for us and Valencia is no exception. From the first tests conducted in 2014, right here on the Ricardo Tormo circuit, up to the present, we have done a lot of work, building our experience, and the results have been seen in the recent non-European rounds where we brought home some concrete satisfaction both in qualifying and in the races. We hope to finish out the season with another nice team effort to then start off the 2016 tests with a bang.”
“The Valencia Grand Prix is a very special round, not only because it's the last of the season, but also because we are back racing in Spain. Racing with my fans trackside is always a great feeling. This is the track where I first rode the Aprilia so we'll have a few points of reference, but of course the bike we had then has changed a lot, so we'll have to see how it performs now. The track has very slow turns, so above all we'll need a bike that handles well and that can turn easily. It will definitely be a ‘hot’ weekend, but we'll be moving forward with our development programme with the goal of finishing out the season with good sensations and, if possible, with a good result too.”
“The Valencia track is a nice challenge for our bike since it is characterised by a layout with a lot of tight turns. In any case, I can't wait to get onto the track. The good result we took at Sepang really has us pumped up so we'll be arriving at the last round of the season with plenty of motivation. Obviously I hope to be able to finish another good weekend in order to close out the championship in the best way possible before focusing on 2016. Quite a big crowd is expected so there will definitely be a fantastic atmosphere!”
Smith and Espargaro geared up for the final show down at Valencia
Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team riders Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro will arrive at the Ricardo Tormo circuit prepared and ready for the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana where they aim to close the year with two strong results. After a demanding triple flyaway header, the MotoGP paddock returns to Spain for what promises to be a thrilling end to the 2015 racing season with the 4 kilometre circuit being an incredible stage for the action. The track, which features eight left as well as five right corners, is situated in an amphitheatre that allows the roaring crowd to view every section of the circuit where many memorable battles have been fought in previous years.
Bradley Smith heads to Spain fully primed for the fight as he targets another top six result in order to confirm his status as the leading satellite rider of 2015 as well as 6th in the World Championship standings. The young Briton comes off the back of a superbly executed 4th place finish in Malaysia and as he has positive memories of a previous victory at the Valencia circuit, he confidently seeks to close the year on a high. Meanwhile, Pol Espargaro aims to give his all and fight to a solid finish in his home country, despite still being in pain due to the injury he sustained at the previous round. The young Spaniard unfortunately hurt himself during the warm up at the Malaysian GP and suffered a cervical fissure and sprain. Yet, he brilliantly powered through the pain and persevered to 9th. He will be intending to make amends this weekend, despite not being fully healed, and he hopes to repeat his performance from last year, where he completed the race in 6th and as the leading satellite rider.
Championship : 6th Points : 171
Next up is the season finale and I can’t wait to get going at Valencia where I fully intend to close this incredible year with a good result. My main objective is to complete the 30 lap sprint inside the top six so that I can clinch 6th in the championship standings and finish as the leading satellite rider. This will be super for me and the Tech3 Team and a testament to how hard we’ve all worked in 2015. I’ve had some strong performances at Valencia, which includes winning my last 125cc race, plus after achieving three decent results in the fly away GP’s, I am fully confident of doing a good job this weekend. The event is bound to be a memorable one and we definitely need to hit the ground running on Friday. The layout of the track doesn't provide too many chances to overtake, so a solid qualifying performance will be crucial in order to be in a promising position for Sunday. Having said that, the weather there is always unpredictable and so we need to be ready for any circumstance. As far as I know the event is sold out and the grandstands will be packed, which will be great to see, therefore I am really looking forward to the last challenge of the year.”
Championship : 10th Points : 103
"I am looking forward to racing in front of my home fans at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, which is a track that I really enjoy riding on and one that always has an amazing atmosphere. However, I am under no illusions that this round will be easy, especially because I am nursing the neck injury from the Malaysia GP. I am still in pain and to be honest, that race was one of the toughest that I have ever had to ride. It marked a tricky end to the flyaway events, which were all quite challenging and for sure, I would have liked to finish those three races further up the order. However, we never gave up and pushed nonstop so now we will focus on Valencia and I am confident of riding to a solid result. Last year, I completed the GP in sixth, which was a positive way to end the season and even though this may be a bit tricky to repeat due to the competition as well as my injury, it is what I will be hoping for. Having said that, the fans support will really help me and motivate me even more. There will be thousands there and I will do my best to give them a good result to remember the race by. I know that we can conclude the year positively and I will fight through the pain and do my absolute best at Valencia with my Yamaha M1."
Hervé Poncharal - Team manager :
“This weekend we will close the 2015 season and I am sure the racing will give the fans a lot to cheer about at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana which is a great venue to hold the last race. We all know about the fight at the top of the field, which will be very entertaining, but for our riders, it will also be very important, as both guys will be battling for their own reasons. Bradley is the favourite to clinch the leading satellite position in the World Championship standings and he has worked incredibly hard, so it’s fair to say that he would deserve it. To finish ahead of a Factory Ducati would be a huge achievement and we are sure he will do a great job especially after his big step up in performance compared to last year. As for Pol, his second season in the premier class has been challenging, but he has never given up. He produced an amazing performance to bravely ride through the pain of his neck injury in Malaysia and although he finished 9th, he showed what he is made of and gave 110% as usual. He has ridden very well at Valencia in the past and as he will be racing in front of his home crowd again, we are convinced this will motivate him and we all behind him too, so he will grit his teeth and go for it. The guys have done a great job this year in what has been a much more competitive season and they will jump on the Yamaha YZR-M1’s one last time and do their best. Anything could happen with the weather and also with the action on the track, but our boys are fired up and ready to fight. We can’t wait to arrive at the Ricardo Tormo track and then hopefully close the year strongly in what has been a hugely successful and entertaining season for the sport.”
Valencia, the last round of the season for Avintia Racing
03/11/15 Avintia Racing MotoGP - Grand Prix of Valencia - PREVIEW
The Ricardo Tormo - Comunidad Valenciana circuit will host this weekend the last round of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship. After 17 Grand Prix races the Champions are to be decided at Valencia and the Avintia Racing rider, Hector Barbera, heads his home race at the top of the Open Class. The rider from Valencia has been fighting for the lead of his category during all the year and he is five points ahead of Loris Baz before the final race of the season.
This will be a special Grand Prix for Mike Di Meglio, as it will be the last one with Avintia Racing after two great seasons. The Frenchman aim for Valencia is to be fighting for the top places in the Open Class and finish the season with a good result.
The weather forecast is great and the circuit will be full of fans as all the tickets are sold out from one week ago, so all is set for the season finale.
HECTOR BARBERA #8 / @HectorBarbera
Valencia is always a special race for me as I grew up as a rider in that circuit and is my favourite track of the calendar. To race at home, with my home crowd so close to the tarmac is an unbelievable feeling. This year will be great for the MotoGP fans as two Championships are to be decided and I hope to do a good race and celebrate the Open Class title. This was a great season and we head to Valencia in good mood after three good races, so I’m looking forward to jump on my bike on Friday and start the last race weekend of the season.
MIKE DI MEGLIO #63 / @Mikejpp63
This is the last race of the season and for sure it will be very exciting. Valencia is a difficult and technical circuit, but I arrive with high motivation and aiming a good result in the last race of the season. I know that I wont be easy, but my target for this weekend is to be the best Open Class rider and I’ll give my best to archive it. We did some positive steps forward with the set up of the bike during the last three races and I hope this will help us at Valencia.
Grand Final at Valencia for Forward Racing
After seventeen races the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia will host the 2015 season Grand Final. Loris Baz and Toni Elias will go hunting for the Open Class title, while Simone Corsi and Lorenzo Baldassarri are aiming once again for the Moto2 podium.
Baz, MotoGP rookie, is just five points off the lead of the Open class and will race to claim the Open class title. Elias is also confident to repeat himself on the Spanish track after the points gained at Sepang.
The Italian duo Corsi-Baldassarri in Moto2 is motivated as well. Corsi, after the good results obtained during the trip overseas is at his last race with Forward Racing after three seasons and cannot wait to go back on track. Good feeling for Lorenzo Baldassarri, who is growing up in this last part of the championship and he is confident he can round off nicely the 2015 season.
"After the points gained at Sepang obviously the goal is to repeat ourselves. It will be difficult, but I finally managed to find a good feeling with the Yamaha Forward. In Valencia I'll do everything to hit the Top15 again in order to thank the team for this great opportunity”.
"I’m going to Valencia motivated to do well. The Open Championship is still open, I have to recover five points in just one race, it will be difficult but I will do my best to say goodbye to the team in the best way possible”.
Karel Abraham will not take part in Valencia and will be again replaced by Anthony West
Karel Abraham will be skipping the last race of the MotoGP season. After a consultation with physicians, the Czech rider decided not to put his injured foot under pressure and skip the last race. As in the previous two overseas races, Australian rider Anthony West will be his replacement.
“It would be nice to come back at least for the last race but the cons dominate over the pros. The idle mode helped me a lot in recovery, the foot is getting better and better and I can even put some weight on it. If I sat on a bike and rode on 100%, my condition would get several weeks back in time and the recovery would be prolonged. It would not be good since I probably still have some “riding” to do this year. I wish Tony good luck and the best possible result. I will tell him that in person as well since I surely don’t want to miss this grand finale.”
Redding looking to end the season on a high note
Gosselies, Belgium – 3 November 2015: Scott Redding heads into the final round of the 2015 MotoGP season at Valencia looking to mark his final appearance for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS with a strong performance in Sunday’s MotoGP race.
This weekend will also mark the end of what has been a difficult and frustrating season for Redding. The 22-year-old Briton struggled from the outset to find a good feeling with the factory Honda RC213V, the consequence of which was inconsistent results.
Misano proved the exception; with Redding mastering extremely tricky conditions to fight his way back from last place to eventually finish third and secure his first MotoGP podium finish. It was also the first premier class podium finish for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, after making their MotoGP debut at the Grand Prix of Qatar at the start of the season.
Redding will be hoping for a return to the same form this weekend in front of a sell out crowd at Valencia, as he looks to bid farewell to the team in which he’s raced for five out of the last six years with a top ten finish in the season finale.
“If I could choose a circuit at which to end the season it wouldn’t be Valencia, as it’s always proved a difficult track for me. But it’s the same for everyone so we just need to knuckle down and work hard to make sure we go into FP3 on Saturday morning with the pace to push for an automatic entry into Q2. This is important, as the soft tyre will be an advantage on a track as small and tight as Valencia, so we don’t want to find ourselves having to fight against the open class bikes in Q1. It’s the last race of the season, and my last appearance for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, so it would be good to go out on a high note with a top ten finish this weekend.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“Our first season in the premier class has been something of a baptism of fire, but Scott secured the team a first MotoGP podium finish in our debut season and that is an achievement that we can be proud of. We will approach the final weekend in the same way as we’ve approached every other weekend this season. We need to work hard as a team on Friday to give Scott the bike he needs to secure automatic entry to Q2 on Saturday, because this will give him the best chance to mark his departure from the team with a good result in the final race of the season. Both Scott and the team have faced a steep learning curve this year and, although we’ll both go our separate ways on Sunday, I think we have both benefitted from our time together this season.”
CRUTCHLOW AIMING TO END ON A HIGH IN VALENCIA
Cal Crutchlow is aiming to sign off the 2015 MotoGP season in style at the Grand Prix of Valencia where the LCR Honda team are pleased to announce that he will have RIZOMA as the title sponsor of his bike which will carry the company’s logo on its black livery.
The Briton is on an excellent run of form towards the end of the campaign and produced a superb ride last time out in Malaysia to finish in fifth position. Crutchlow also has good memories of the Circuit Ricrado Tormo in Valencia having finished fifth at the track last year and fourth back in 2011.
He is now looking to end an encouraging season with the LCR team with another good result to secure an eighth placed finish in the world championship standings.
Cal Crutchlow #35
"We are really looking forward to this last race of the season, it has come around very fast! We’ve had a great season together as a team, I’m really pleased with their efforts and I’m hoping to finish with a good result here in Valencia this weekend in front of a spectacular crowd.
“We know Honda has been working very closely and well with our team and we are all looking forward to putting on a show for 30 laps. Hopefully that will help produce a great result for us.”
EMOTIONAL WEEKEND AHEAD OF MILLER IN VALENCIA
LCR Honda rider Jack Miller admits that this weekend’s Grand Prix of Valencia – the final round of the 2015 world championship – will prove an emotional occasion. The Australian will bid farewell to the team after spending his rookie season in the premier class with them and is looking to sign of his time in style.
The Australian has good memories of the Circuit Ricardo Tormo having emerged victorious at the track in the Moto3 class last year. Miller will now be looking to recapture that kind of form as he targets an eighth points finish of the campaign to end on a high.
Jack Miller #43
“I’m really excited for the weekend. It’s one of my favourite tracks here in Valencia and I’ve been fast here in the past. It’s now a year on since I first rode the MotoGP bike and I’m looking forward to seeing how much we’ve improved.
“The weather so far looks really good and hopefully it will stay nice for the whole weekend and we can have a great weekend of racing.
“I’m very sad to be leaving the LCR Team, it’s an emotional time for us this weekend as it’s a family team, but I’m also looking forward to starting a new chapter of my life.”
Bridgestone MotoGP™ Preview - Round 18: Valencia
Tuesday, November 3 2015
Bridgestone slick compounds: Front: Extra-soft, Asymmetric & Soft; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds: Soft (Main) & Hard (Alternative)
The 2015 Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana marks Bridgestone’s final Grand Prix as Official Tyre Supplier to MotoGP, bringing to an end a successful 14 year involvement in the premier class of motorcycle road racing for the world’s largest tyre manufacturer.
For this year’s Valencia Grand Prix, Bridgestone has brought a revised tyre allocation which includes an asymmetric front slick, the third time this specification of tyre has been offered during the 2015 MotoGP season.
Valencia’s circuit offers tyres little respite over the course of a lap due to its seemingly endless sequence of corners, so a good bike setup is important to ensure the most efficient use of the tyres. The circuit’s unbalanced layout means more stress is placed on the left shoulder of the tyres, so asymmetric rear slicks with harder rubber on the left shoulder are offered here. Adding to the challenge is the likelihood of cool temperatures, which place further importance on the need of a good bike setup and tyres with a wide operating temperature range.
Rear tyre options for the Factory Honda and Yamaha riders at Valencia are the medium and hard compound rear slicks, while the Aprilia, Ducati, Suzuki and open class riders will be able to use the soft and medium compound rear slicks. The front slick options for Valencia are the extra-soft, soft and asymmetric front slicks, the three options ensuring maximum safety and performance in what are expected to be generally mild conditions.
The main wet tyre for the Valencia Grand Prix is the soft compound wet tyre, with the alternative, hard compound wet tyre also available as an option.
Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
“The arrival of this weekend’s Valencia Grand Prix comes with some mixed emotions. On the one hand I am excited to see the conclusion of what has been an enthralling championship battle, yet on the other hand, the race marks Bridgestone’s final race as Official Tyre Supplier to MotoGP. This brings with it feelings of both sadness and a great sense of accomplishment, as I am extremely proud of what Bridgestone has achieved in the past fourteen years in the MotoGP World Championship. However, our job isn’t over yet and we will give one hundred percent this weekend to ensure we provide the highest levels of product and service until the very end of our tenure as the exclusive tyre supplier to the series. We have a sell-out crowd at Valencia and the atmosphere will be electric, so everyone at Bridgestone is looking forward to our final outing supporting what we truly believe to be the greatest show on earth.”
Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
“The traditional venue for the season finale, the Valencia circuit offers only moderate grip and has a relatively low-speed layout that has a significant difference in the number of right and left-hand turns. The frequency of corners at this circuit means the tyres spend a lot of time at high lean angles and have little chance to cool down over the course of a whole lap. As this race is the last of the season, low ambient and track temperatures are usually encountered, suggesting the use of softer compounds, however harder compounds are needed on the left shoulder of the rear tyres because of the temperature generated by the long, sweeping left-hand turn 13. This year at Valencia we’re once more offering an asymmetric front slick as one of our front tyre options, this specification of tyre will deliver a good combination of safety, performance and control for this tight and technical circuit.”
THE FINAL SHOWDOWN - THE HEAD TO HEAD OF THE DECADE
Two new World Champions will be crowned at the 18th and final round of a truly extraordinary MotoGP™ season at the Motul Grand Prix of the Comunitat Valenciana in Spain on Sunday. The world will be watching the 30 lap MotoGP race round the 2.489 miles Ricardo Tormo circuit on the outskirts of Valencia as the Movistar Yamaha pair of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo fight for the title.
Earlier in the day 21 year old Danny Kent has the opportunity of a lifetime to clinch the Moto3™ World Championship to become the first British World Champion since Barry Sheene in 1978.
Thirty six year old championship leader Rossi has appealed to the Court of Arbitration in Sport after receiving three penalty points following an incident with current world champion Marc Marquez at the previous round in Malaysia. That means Rossi, who leads the world championship by seven precious points, will have to start the race from the last place on the grid.
Below are the scenarios of how either Rossi or Lorenzo could be crowned the 2015 World Champion – only one thing is certain there will be a new World Champion after the 30 lap showdown in front of a sell-out crowd of over 100,000 fans.
THE MOTOGP SCENARIOS
If the two riders finish equal on points then Lorenzo will take the title because he has more wins in 2015.
• If Lorenzo wins the race then Rossi needs to finish second to become world champion.
• If Lorenzo finishes second then Rossi needs to finish on the podium to become world champion.
• If Lorenzo finishes third then Rossi needs to finish sixth or better to become world champion.
• If Lorenzo finishes fourth then Rossi needs to finish ninth or better to become world champion.
• If Lorenzo finishes fifth to ninth then Rossi needs to finish no more than six places further back to become world champion.
• If Lorenzo finishes lower than ninth then Rossi will be world champion.
FOURTH TIME LUCKY KENT
For the fourth race in succession Danny Kent has the chance to re-write the history books in the 24 lap Moto3 race – this time the 21 year old West Country rider should do it, although the finger nails have taken a bashing. Riding the Leopard Racing Honda he was just two places away from clinching the title in Malaysia but dropped those places at the final corner while his only Championship rival Miquel Oliveira gained a place to win the race. The Portuguese KTM rider is 24 points behind Kent and the scenarios for Kent to become the first British World Champion for 38 years are very clear.
• Danny Kent will become World Champion if he finishes in the top 14.
• Miguel Oliveira will become World Champion by winning the race with Danny Kent failing to finish in the top 14.
Bradley Smith is sixth in the MotoGP World Championship with an 18 point advantage over the factory Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso. Whatever happens he will finish both the top British and Satellite Factory rider in the championship.
Eighth placed Cal Crutchlow is 11 points in front of Danilo Petrucci while 13th placed Scott Redding is just nine points behind 12th placed Maverick Viñales.
Sam Lowes has every chance of finishing fourth in the Moto2™ World Championship with a 12 point advantage over fifth placed Tom Luthi.
This year will be the 17th Grand Prix of Valencia, which has been held every year at the Ricardo Tormo circuit since the first visit in 1999. Below are some facts and stats about grand prix racing in Valencia:
• This will be the 14th successive year that Valencia has hosted the final race of the season, making it the circuit that has been the venue for the final event of the year on most occasions.
• The Valencia circuit is named after Spanish racer Ricardo Tormo, who won the 50cc world title riding for Bultaco in 1978 and 1981. In addition to his 15 Grand Prix victories in the 50cc class he also had 4 wins in the 125cc class. His career ended in 1984 due to leg injuries suffered in a crash whilst test riding. Tormo sadly died from leukaemia in 1998.
• Dani Pedrosa is the most successful rider at the Valencia circuit with six wins; three in MotoGP, two in 250cc, and one in the 125cc class. The only rider other than Pedrosa with more than two wins at Valencia is Casey Stoner (1 x 125cc, 2 x MotoGP).
• Of the current riders, the next most successful after Pedrosa, with two wins each, are: Valentino Rossi (2 x MotoGP), Maverick Viñales (1 x 125cc, 1 x Moto3), Mika Kallio (1 x 125cc, 1 x 250cc), Jorge Lorenzo (2 x MotoGP); Marc Marquez (1 x Moto2, 1 x MotoGP) and Hector Barbera (1 x 125cc, 1 x 250cc),
• The premier-class race at Valencia has been won seven times by Spanish riders; Sete Gibernau won the 500cc race on a Suzuki in 2001; Dani Pedrosa won the MotoGP race in 2007, 2009 and 2012; Jorge Lorenzo won in 2010 and 2013; Marc Marquez won last year.
• Since the introduction of the four-stroke MotoGP formula in 2002, Honda has been the most successful manufacturer with eight victories at the Valencia circuit. Yamaha has had three wins and Ducati two.
• Andrea Dovizioso’s fourth place finish last year was the best result for a Ducati rider at Valencia since Casey Stoner was second in 2010.
• Suzuki’s only podium at Valencia in the MotoGP era is third with John Hopkins in 2007.
• Last year Marc Marquez won the race in Valencia after qualifying in fifth place on the grid – the first time that the MotoGP race in Valencia has been won by a rider not starting from the front row.
• Only two riders have competed at all sixteen previous grand prix events at the Valencia circuit: Valentino Rossi and Randy de Puniet.