Dani Pedrosa completed his racing career in Valencia, scoring a fifth-place finish in incredibly tricky weather conditions that caused the crashes of nine riders—2018 World Champion Marc Marquez among them—and prompted Race Direction to interrupt the first race on lap 13 and re-start a new one half an hour later.

Marc suffered a crash from third place at Turn 9 on lap seven and was therefore unable to take part in the second stint. Dani restarted from fourth in the 14-lap second race and closed fifth, bringing to 46 points the final advantage with which the Repsol Honda Team secured the Team Championship, thereby earning back-to-back MotoGP Triple Crowns, having already achieved the Riders Title in Japan and the Constructors Title in Malaysia.

Dani ends a highly successful 18-year GP career, all of it as a Honda rider, having achieved three World Titles (125 in 2003, 250 in 2004 and 2005) 49 poles, 54 wins, 153 podiums and 64 fastest laps out of 295 starts.

After celebrating at the FIM MotoGP Awards ceremony on Sunday evening, the Repsol Honda Team will start 2019 winter test season on Tuesday, with a two-day test.

Dani Pedrosa

5th

“For sure I had a particular feeling before today’s race, knowing that the moment of my final race had arrived. Well, actually it turned out that I had two! Unfortunately the weather was really tricky. In both races, I struggled so much with the rear and couldn’t really get on the gas. I was actually expecting to have a better feeling in the second race, as there was less water on the track. But we changed the tyres and I had no grip, so I could only try and finish the race with no crashes. It’s a bit of a shame, but when I got back to the pits, I found everybody waiting for me—the team, my family, my people—and there was a very emotional atmosphere. I was pleased to see their emotion. It meant a lot to me. Now I’ll have several events to attend, but after that I’ll try and have some time to myself and relax a bit before next year.”

Marc Marquez

DNF

“Today I had a big high-side, but the shoulder was okay, just a bit painful from yesterday. Unfortunately, it was a mistake that I chose the medium rear tyre on the grid, as that turned out not to be the best option. I said sorry to the team, as it was my decision; I had felt really good on it in FP3, but when it began to rain heavily after the start, everything became very difficult and got worse and worse, as it was difficult to keep the temperature in the tyre. Anyway, now it’s time to enjoy these final moments having achieved the Triple Crown, which is something really special. The season has been very good, one of my best, without too many mistakes; today’s was probably my worst one. I’m really proud of my 2018 season, but a new one begins on Tuesday.”

MotoGP 2018
Race Round 19   Valencia

Race PART 2 Classification after 14 laps = 56.07 km

Rain
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 25 Ducati Team Ducati 24'03.408
2 Rins Alex 42 SPA 20 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2.750
3 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 7.406
4 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 13 Ducati Team Ducati 8.647
5 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 11 Repsol Honda Team Honda 13.351
6 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 10 LCR Honda Honda 32.288
7 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 9 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 32.806
8 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 8 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 33.111
9 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 7 LCR Honda Honda 36.376
10 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL 6 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 37.198
11 Redding Scott 45 GBR 5 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 44.326
12 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 4 Ducati Team Ducati 46.146
13 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 3 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 52.809
14 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 2 Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1'10.628
15 Torres Jordi 81 SPA 1 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'16.739
16 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Angel Nieto Team Ducati 7 laps
17 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 0 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha Not on Restart Grid
18 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 0 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati Not on Restart Grid
19 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda Not on Restart Grid
20 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki Not on Restart Grid
21 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia Not on Restart Grid
22 Miller Jack 43 AUS 0 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati Not on Restart Grid
23 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 0 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda Not on Restart Grid
24 Luthi Tom 12 SWI 0 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda Not on Restart Grid
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)
2018 Race Winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)