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.
Valencia Grand Prix Race Results
|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|
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 31.042s (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)|