2014 World Champion Marc Marquez has broken another record in Valencia today, winning his thirteenth race of the season – the most ever in the premier class. Teammate Dani Pedrosa took third place – continuing his impressive record at the Valencia track with six podium finishes in nine starts in MotoGP – and together the Spanish duo have clinched the Team Championship resulting in back-to-back Triple Crown’s.
It was another complicated race with rain constantly threatening to arrive. Dani starting from 3rd and Marc in 5th traded positions on the opening lap as the race began at a very quick pace with riders jostling for position. Dani fought with Crutchlow in the early laps but finally completed the pass into 4th and joined the battle for the podium. Meanwhile Marc attacked Rossi – setting a new record race lap of 1’31.515 (beating Pedrosa’s 2013 lap of 1’31.628) – and passed him on lap ten and after a brief battle with Iannone on lap eleven, finally took the race lead. The following lap Dani also passed Iannone and began to chase down Rossi and Marc.
Then with twelve laps remaining small spots of rain began to appear. Lorenzo entered the pits for his wet setup bike, but fortunately for the other riders the rain never arrived. Although lap times fluctuated, Marc was able to control his lead and Dani consolidated third place resulting in Repsol Honda winning their 7th Team Championship (since the beginning of the MotoGP class in 2002) to add to the Rider and Constructor Championships and marking Honda’s third Triple Crown in four years and second in succession.
The 2014 season is now officially over but the 2015 season will begin tomorrow with a three day test in Valencia. Dani will be on track after lunch but Marc and his team will take a break and start their testing programme on Tuesday, with Marc’s brother – 2014 Moto3 World Champion Alex – enjoying some laps on the Factory RC213V as a gift from Honda.
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||25||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||46'39.627|
|2||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||20||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||+3.516|
|3||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||16||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||+14.040|
|4||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||13||Ducati Team||Ducati||+16.705|
|5||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||11||Ducati Team||Ducati||+16.773|
|6||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||10||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||+37.884|
|7||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||9||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||+38.168|
|8||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||8||LCR Honda MotoGP||Honda||+41.803|
|10||Redding Scott||45||GBR||6||Go & Fun Honda Gresini||Honda||+51.191|
|11||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||5||Ducati Team||Ducati||+56.512|
|12||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||4||Octo IodaRacing Team||ART||+57.000|
|13||Hayden Nicky||69||USA||3||Aspar Team||Honda||+57.262|
|14||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||2||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||+57.517|
|15||Aoyama Hiroshi||7||JPN||1||Aspar Team||Honda||+58.775|
|16||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||0||Go & Fun Honda Gresini||Honda||+58.864|
|17||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||0||AB Motoracing||Honda||+1'02.389|
|18||De Angelis Alex||15||RSM||0||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||+1'15.795|
|19||Laverty Michael||70||GBR||0||Paul Bird Motorsport||PBM||+1'26.309|
|20||Parkes Broc||23||AUS||0||Paul Bird Motorsport||PBM||+1'37.212|
|21||Di Meglio Mike||63||FRA||0||Avintia Racing||Avintia||+1 Lap|
|22||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||0||Pramac Racing||Ducati||+1 Lap|
|23||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||0||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||DNF|
|24||De Puniet Randy||14||FRA||0||Power Electronics Aspar||ART||DNF|
|25||Hernandez Yonny||68||COL||0||Pramac Racing||Ducati||DNF|
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|
|Longest straight||0.876 kilometres / 0.544 miles|
Circuito de la Comunidad Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, Cheste, Spain - View in Google Maps
|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)|