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Valencia 2012 Grand Prix of Valencia - Valencia - Preview - 06/11/2012

Date : 06/11/2012

Repsol Honda Team head to Valencia for final round of 2012

The 2012 MotoGP World Championship comes to a conclusion this weekend in Valencia for the last round of the season, with the Repsol Honda Team hoping to finish the championship on a high.

The final rider's championship positions were decided in Australia, with Dani Pedrosa in second and Casey Stoner third, but the Grand Prix of La Comunidad Valenciana is more than just the final race for them both. Dani will want to finish his best season in MotoGP to date (6 wins and 14 podiums) by adding another victory to his tremendous performances in the second half of the season. After dominating in Phillip Island two weeks ago, Casey is almost back to 100% and will want to close his successful career by winning his final race.

The Repsol Honda riders have enjoyed good results at Valencia, with Dani winning 5 times at this circuit including two premiership class victories in 2009 and 2007. For Casey, this is the setting of his first every GP victory in 2003 in 125cc, he has also won on two occasions in MotoGP in 2011 and 2008.

The Repsol Honda Team secured the team championship title at the Malaysian Grand Prix and Honda will be hoping to win the constructor championship this weekend - Honda lead the standings with 387 points, with Yamaha in second position on 366.

DANI PEDROSA
 
DANI PEDROSA – World Championship Standing: 2nd with 307 points
 
"I'm very excited to get to Valencia and race again in front of the Spanish crowd. It's been a long time away and I really look forward to enjoy the atmosphere there; it's always a special race because it's the last one of the season and I have a lot of people there supporting me together with my family and friends. I enjoy riding this track and we've had good results there in the past. So, I want to make this weekend special and fight for the win and finish the season on a high".
CASEY STONER
 
CASEY STONER – World Championship Standing: 3rd with 238 points
 
"Valencia should be a little better for me again, not as good as Phillip Island, but I've always had great success there, many pole positions and race wins. I hope we can be competitive there and with the track going left it should suit our bike and me a little better at this point. It's not going to be easy but it would be nice to get another good result in my final race in MotoGP".

Championship standings
1 Jorge Lorenzo 350 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 307 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Casey Stoner 238 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Andrea Dovizioso 208 pts ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Alvaro Bautista 165 pts SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
6 Valentino Rossi 157 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
7 Cal Crutchlow 151 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
8 Stefan Bradl 135 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
9 Nicky Hayden 122 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Ben Spies 88 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
11 Hector Barbera 83 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
12 Aleix Espargaro 69 pts ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
13 Randy De Puniet 58 pts FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 Karel Abraham 50 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
15 Michelle Pirro 32 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
16 James Ellison 28 pts GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
17 Yonny Hernandez 28 pts COL BQR-FTR BQR
18 Colin Edwards 25 pts USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
19 Danillo Petrucci 19 pts ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
20 Jonathan Rea 17 pts GBR HONDA Repsol Honda Team
21 Mattia Pasini 13 pts ITA ART Speed Master
22 Ivan Silva 12 pts SPA BQR-FTR BQR
23 Toni Elías 10 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
24 Katsuyuki Nakasuga 7 pts JAP YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
25 Steve Rapp 2 pts USA N/A Attack Performance
26 David Salom 1 pt SPA BQR-FTR BQR
27 Roberto Rolfo 0 pts ITA ART Speed Master
28 Franco Battaini 0 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
29 Chris Vermeulen 0 pts AUS SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
30 Aaron Yates 0 pts USA N/A GP Tech


Circuit information
First race 1999
GPs held 13
Laps 30
Race distance 120.150km / 74.670miles
Track length 4.005km / 2.489miles
Track width 12m
Longest straight 0.876km / 0.544miles
Corners 14 (5 right, 9 left)
Pole position Right

Sepang International Circuit

Circuit records
Pole position 1m31.002s (158.436km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2006)
Race lap 1m32.582s (155.732km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2008)
Race time 46m43.533s (154.283km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2007)
MotoGP Wins 2 (Casey Stoner 2008, 2011) (Dani Pedrosa 2007, 2009) (Valentino Rossi 2003, 2004)
2011 Winner Casey Stoner (Honda)
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