The Repsol Honda Team and Pol Espargaro aim to end his season on a high with Marc Marquez recovering at home.
Round 18 marks the end of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship campaign which started in Qatar in late March. During the season the Repsol Honda Team have taken three wins, two additional podiums and a pole position. Pol Espargaro is aiming to add to this tally at one of his favourite tracks on the calendar.
The 30-year-old scored his debut premier class podium in Valencia back in 2018 and in 2020, he took a pole position and two thirds at the track. Having taken four top-ten finishes in a row, the #44 arrives at the track in fine form and determined to go into the off season with another strong result. On 100 points, Espargaro sits tenth overall in the championship standings but with his brother, Aleix Espargaro, just 13 points ahead, there are still gains to be made at the final race.
On Tuesday it was announced that Marc Marquez will miss both the Valencia Grand Prix and the Jerez Test due to diplopia after a training crash.
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 28.931s (162.1km/h) Maverick Viñales (Aprilia, 2023)|
|Race Lap||1m 30.145s (159.9km/h) Brad Binder (KTM, 2023)|
|2023 Race Winner||Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)|
|2023 Sprint Winner||Jorge Martin (Ducati)|