Moto GP – Valencia GP – Race
We arrived, a long demanding and intense championship comes to its conclusion on a well known terrain, the Ricardo Tormo Circuit.
With the riders aling on the grid, ligths went off and the last race of the year was underway. As Jorge Martin was unable to hold the lead, thanks to a storming start from Alex Rins, as the Spaniard gain the lead, a dramatic turn of events emerged, as Quartararo and Bagnaia touched on the 2nd lap of the race, with no big consequence after that incident.
Some riders were showing significant signs of struggle, with Aleix Espargaro abandon on the first laps of competition, as the bike suffered of mechanical issues, then it was Alex Marquez who abandon afrer a crash. Pol Espargaro, Darryl Binder and Cal Crutchlow were another riders who also did not finish the race due to incidents.
Race develops, as Alex Rins was being chased by Jorge Martin, meanwhile Jack Miller was on constant pressure of Marc Marquez, as the Spaniard tried to make a move on the Aussie, the Honda rider lose control of his bike and fell off it, having to abandon after that incident. The race direction turn its attention to Fabio Quartararo, as the Frenchman attempted to gain on Jack Miller, at the following laps.
At the context for Bagnaia, the Italian rider was on a conservative riding, as the Ducati bike avoided every type of dangerous situation, against any rider he faced on track. Meanwhile, more riders were quickly abandoning the competition; Maverick Viñales due to bike issues, Johann Zarco with a crash, and a mini hearth attack for Ducati fans, as Jack Miller was the rider that went off the bike.
As race was coming to an end, Brad Binder was quickly catching up with the riders up front, doing with a storming pace, was able to have the lead on sight, as Alex Rins was on constant pressure of the KTM rider. Meanwhile, Quartararo was far behind of Jorge Martin by +8 seconds far, only a miracle could give him a championship.
At the end, Alex Rins was able to hold the pressure and secured the last racing win for Suzuki, as the Japanese manufacturer says goodbye to the premier class on a high note, Brad Binder finishes 2nd and Jorge Martin closes the last podium step. Without Fabio Quartararo win, it ends the long awaited drought for Ducati, as Francesco Bagnaia conquers his first premier class world championship, as Casey Stoner did, 15 years ago.
1. Alex Rins /// 2. Brad Binder /// 3. Jorge Martin
4. Fabio Quartararo /// 5. Miguel Oliveira /// 6. Joan Mir
7. Luca Marini /// 8. Enea Bastianini /// 9. Francesco Bagnaia
10. Franco Mobidelli /// 11. Marco Bezzecchi /// 12. Raul Fernandez
13. Remt Gardner /// 14. Takaaki Nakagami /// 15. Fabio Di Giannantonio
16. Cal Crutchlow /// 17. Alex Marquez
DNF: Jack Miller, Johann Zarco, Maverick Viñales, Marc Marquez, Pol Espargaro, Darryl Binder, Aleix Espargaro
An intense and contested championship saw an Italian rider, on an Italian made bike, conquer the top spot of the standings, for the first time since 1972. A memorable year for Ducati team and its members. Meanwhile a soft farewell for Suzuki team, as they finished the last season and say goodbye to Moto GP, for now.