Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have concluded the 2015 season with a second and third place finish in the Valencia GP.

Starting from the front row behind Lorenzo, the three riders broke away opening up a five second gap to Dovizioso after just seven laps. Dani struggled at the beginning and spent the majority of the race adapting to the situation, at one point dropping down two seconds behind Lorenzo and Marc.

However, with two laps to remaining Dani had closed the gap to 0.2 seconds and attempted a pass on Marc. He ran wide and Marc regained the place immediately and the two Honda riders lost contact slightly with race leader Lorenzo, finishing second and third behind the newly crowned 2015 World Champion.

Today Dani celebrated his 100th MotoGP class podium, becoming just the second rider – along with Valentino Rossi – to reach this milestone. He also sealed fourth place in the World Standings behind his teammate Marc in third.

Marc Marquez

2nd Final Championship Standing: 3rd

"It was a very difficult race. I came out focused, as usual, and initially Jorge pushed strongly. I found it hard to follow him, and at that time Dani was two seconds off us. There were a few laps in which I was really on the limit, forcing the front tyre - which moved around a lot. With about six laps to go, I felt that we could win because I had caught up to Jorge. I did not expect Dani to come through so quickly, and when he passed me he ran wide. I used that to pass him back but Jorge had escaped by half a second making it impossible to recover the gap, even though I rode the last lap and the entire race at 100%."

Dani Pedrosa

3rd Final Championship Standing: 4th

"I'm very happy and I enjoyed the race - especially in the final part! I was a little bit distant from the battle in third. I couldn't find the way to go faster because I had problems when braking and cornering; it's been hard for us to find a good setup for the bike this weekend and I was able to be up at the front but without a good feeling. During the race I tried to counter this, but it was difficult. In the end I found the way to be faster and I was able to ride better and recover ground. When I caught up I saw that there were two laps remaining and I tried to attack, but when I overtook Marc I ran wide and he returned the pass. I am happy because what I can take from here - as well as the third place in the race and fourth in the Championship - is the attitude and the progress we have made in the final part of the season. We've been very strong and I hope that we can continue that this winter and next year."

Private: Shuhei Nakamoto

HRC Race Development & Operations

"This is not the atmosphere we wanted to experience at the end of an unforgettable championship. We understand that it’s been a very difficult day for Valentino, after leading the championship for 17 races and losing by just five points in the final race must be very disappointing. However, on the other side we cannot accept the strong accusations he has directed against our rider and Honda in the past weeks and in today's post race press conference. Together with the allegation he made after Phillip Island, there is no evidence to support these accusations, only the fact that Marc took five points away from Valentino’s competitor in the championship, Jorge.

Today Valentino has alleged that Marc never attempted to pass Jorge, who has clearly had a very good pace all weekend which he demonstrated by taking a strong pole position in qualifying. Marc was struggling to stay behind him during the race and both him and Dani have done a great job to not lose too much distance to Jorge. Marc’s plan was to attack in the last lap, as we have seen many times in the past if the opportunity presents itself, he will try. Dani’s pace increased at the end of the race and he overtook Marc but ran wide and Marc was able to immediately pass him back, but this is racing.

We are sorry that Valentino doesn’t believe this is the case, but we are certain both Marc and Dani were pushing 100% to achieve the best result for the Repsol Honda Team and all our partners as always. We cannot accept that these accusations continue to surface time after time, as this is the perception of one person - which we respect - but it is not the reality.

Valentino is a great champion and clearly an intelligent individual so we truly hope that in time, once the dust settles, he can reevaluate what has happened and accept this was another great race from a wonderful season, and it’s a shame to spoil it. Marc and Dani have taken points away from both Valentino and Jorge this year, this is the nature of racing."

MotoGP 2015
Race Round 18   Valencia

Results Session

Sunny
Humidity
63%
Track Temp
29°C
Air Temp
23°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 45'59.364
2 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.263
3 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.654
4 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 13 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +19.789
5 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 11 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +26.004
6 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 10 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +28.835
7 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 9 Ducati Team Ducati +28.886
8 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 8 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki +34.222
9 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 7 LCR Honda Honda +35.924
10 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 6 Pramac Racing Ducati +39.579
11 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 5 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki +39.746
12 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 4 Ducati Ducati +47.053
13 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL 3 Pramac Racing Ducati +54.081
14 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 2 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +56.646
15 Redding Scott 45 GBR 1 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +57.278
16 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 0 Avintia Racing Ducati +57.363
17 Hayden Nicky 69 USA 0 Aspar Team Honda +58.742
18 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +59.086
19 Baz Loris 76 FRA 0 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +1'04.339
20 Elias Toni 24 SPA 0 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +1'04.413
21 Miller Jack 43 AUS 0 LCR Honda MotoGP Honda +1'05.212
22 West Anthony 13 AUS 0 AB Motoracing Honda +1'27.281
23 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA 0 Avintia Racing Ducati DNF
24 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 0 Aspar Team Honda DNF
25 Parkes Broc 23 AUS 0 E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART DNF
26 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 0 Ducati Team Ducati DNF
Location Information

The Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana was completed in 1999 and held rounds of the MotoGP and Spanish Motorcycle Championships in the same year. The Cheste track has several layouts, running anti-clockwise with varying lengths. MotoGP events are held on a 4km track comprising of five right handed corners, eight… read more.

Length 4.005 kilometres / 2.489 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 9
Right corners 5
Longest straight 0.876 kilometres / 0.544 miles
Constructed 1999

Circuito de la Comunidad Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, Cheste, Spain - View in Google Maps

www.circuitvalencia.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 29.401s (161.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Lap 1m 31.171s (158.1km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Time 45m 54.228s (157 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
2016 Race Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)