Pol Espargaro bids farewell to the Repsol Honda Team as he and Marc Marquez crash out from the Valencia GP.

A promising weekend in Valencia saw the Repsol Honda Team walk away unrewarded as both riders fell. Marc Marquez had made a promising start to the race, holding firm inside the leading group and preparing for the final laps. But a fall at Turn 8 a couple of laps later would end the #93’s hopes of finishing the season on a high. Focusing on the positives of the weekend, Marquez demonstrated that he has the speed, rhythm and feeling to be consistently at the front.

Similarly, Pol Espargaro fell early in the race after making up several positions off the line. He was unhurt in the fall, but bitterly disappointed to not end the year in a better way. HRC and the Repsol Honda Team would like to again thank Pol Espargaro for his efforts during the past two seasons. The combination achieved two podium finishes, including Espargaro’s best premier class result to date, and pole position for the 2021 British Grand Prix.

The longest season in MotoGP history comes to an end, 20 races spanning the globe and over 150 sessions. It has been another complicated year for HRC and the Repsol Honda Team with just two podium finishes. As one chapter closes another begins and preparations for the 2023 campaign are already underway. Action continues on Tuesday with the post-season Valencia Test.

Marc Marquez

DNF

“Overall, looking at the big picture, I am happy with the weekend because we showed that the level is there, the rhythm is there, the feeling is there. I understand how I need to be fast and I was happy, but today wasn’t the day. Yesterday I said the target was the podium but from the start I didn’t feel right. I saw that the podium was leaving so I went all or nothing. The speed was there and we know what the issue was today in the race. I am going to work hard this winter to be as prepared and as ready as possible but work begins even sooner on Tuesday. I am looking forward to trying Honda’s first step of 2023.”

Pol Espargaro

DNF

“Today wasn’t the race we wanted. In the slipstream into the first corner I was going wide a lot and one time I went quite wide, made up the time but then when I went wide a second time I couldn’t save it. It’s not what I wanted, it’s a pity. I want to again say thank you to all of my mechanics and the staff around who have stayed alongside me and supported me no matter what. They’ve been behind me through the good and the bad and I really appreciate this a lot. It’s the end of our journey together but the opportunity to race in these colours is something I will not forget.”

MotoGP 2022
Race Round 20   Valencia

Valencia Grand Prix Race Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rins Alex 42 SPA 25 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 41'22.250
2 Binder Brad 33 RSA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.396
3 Martin Jorge 89 SPA 16 Pramac Racing Ducati 1.059
4 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 13 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.911
5 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 11 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 7.122
6 Mir Joan 36 SPA 10 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 7.735
7 Marini Luca 10 ITA 9 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 8.524
8 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA 8 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 12.038
9 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA 7 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 14.441
10 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 6 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 14.676
11 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA 5 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 17.655
12 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA 4 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 24.870
13 Gardner Remy 87 AUS 3 Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 26.546
14 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 2 LCR Honda Honda 26.610
15 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA 1 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 31.819
16 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 0 WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1'28.870
17 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 0 LCR Honda Honda +1 Lap
18 Miller Jack 43 AUS 0 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati DNF
19 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 0 Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
20 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Aprilia DNF
21 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda DNF
22 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda DNF
23 Binder Darryn 40 RSA 0 WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha DNF
24 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 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 31.042s (158.3km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)
Race Time 41m 22.250s (156.8 km/h) Alex Rins (Suzuki, 2022)
2022 Race Winner Alex Rins (Suzuki)