With just seven points separating the Doctor and team mate Jorge Lorenzo in the standings, Rossi, as we all well, won’t give up without a bitter fight till the end as he guns for his tenth title across the categories and eighth in the premier class. Lorenzo, however, looks prime to capture his third MotoGP title at the finale as he’ll most probably battle the Repsol Hondas for a top qualifying spot and subsequently a podium finish.
The Ricardo Tormo track isn’t one of the Doctor’s favorites, but he has had his fair share of success there and hopes to add another top result to his tally. In previous years he secured two premier class wins in 2003 and 2004, three second places in 2002, 2009 and 2014, and three third places in 2005, 2008, and 2010. “It will be a very intense weekend and also a very important one. I want to think just about what will happen at the track. My goal is to work at my best capabilities with my team and make the most of every session to get to the race on Sunday with everything I need to express myself in the best way possible,” Rossi admitted.
Lorenzo rode three very strong races during the fly-away rounds and arrives at his fourth and final home Grand Prix of the season ready for battle. He looks forward to delighting his fans with another podium place this weekend and hopes to celebrate with them another victory and quite likely, his third MotoGP crown. So far Lorenzo has claimed two premier class victories at this circuit in 2010 and 2013 and a third place podium position in 2009.
Of late, Repsol Honda team have been on the rise with Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez combining for three victories in the previous three rounds. The incident between Marquez and Rossi at the last race in Sepang got the world abuzz, obviously many favored Rossi’s point of view.
Repsol Honda riders are gunning for a possible fourth victory, four-in-a-row, this weekend at the Ricardo Tormo track, with either Pedrosa or Marquez taking the top step of the podium. Pedrosa, who won two of the last three races, has had a tremendous record here at Valencia, having gotten six wins across the categories: 2012, 2009, 2007 (MotoGP), 2005, 2004 (250cc), 2002 (125cc). Marquez, who won in Phillip Island but unfortunately crashed out in Sepang after contact with Rossi, has enjoyed three podiums at this track including two victories: 2014 (MotoGP) and 2012 (Moto2).
Ducati also looks to end the season on a high with their riders Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone, as the team continue working with the new tyre supplier and on the development of the new unified software.
The team has obtained two MotoGP wins at Valencia, with Troy Bayliss in 2006 and with Casey Stoner in 2008. Dovizioso has taken part in seven MotoGP races, with his best result a third place in 2011. Last year he finished in ninth place after qualifying fourth. Iannone faces his third MotoGP race at this circuit, and last year the Italian qualified on the front row with the second-quickest time, but after leading for several laps, he had to make a pit-stop to change the bike and he finished the GP well down the field. The riders goals for the finale are to maintain fifth or go fourth in the standings for Iannone, who’s two points behind Pedrosa, and seventh for Dovizioso.