Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana - Valencia - Preview
Date : 05/11/2013        

Championship Title decider at final round in Valencia

Championship Title decider at final round in Valencia

After a week’s break, following an intense three-week schedule in Asia, the Repsol Honda Team head to Valencia this weekend with all to play for.

With the Team Championship being won in Japan, as a result of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa’s 2nd and 3rd placings respectively, the two Spanish riders will be fighting to secure Honda’s 62nd Constructor’s Championship this weekend - they currently have a 14 point advantage over their nearest rivals. It is also a crucial race for Championship leader, Marc, who leads the Championship by 13 points heading into this last round.

The MotoGP race at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana is held on a 4km track comprising of five right handed corners, eight left handers and a 650m straight. Although the track is regarded as quite small, the stadium style grandstands can seat up to 150,0 00 spectators, and it's sure to be a sell out this weekend.

Marc has stood on the podium just once in Valencia, after his emphatic victory from last place on the grid to 1st here last year in Moto2. Dani has celebrated eight podiums which include six 1st positions - 2012, 2009, 2007 (MotoGP), 2005, 2004 (250cc), 2002 (125cc).

Marc Marquez  Marc Marquez - Championship Standing: 1st - 318 points
"It’s been nice to have a week at home after a long three weeks away, after my accident in Motegi I’ve doing muscular rehabilitation on my neck in anticipation for the race, and it now feels much better. We’ve had good races in Valencia; I’ve always tried to give it my best there. I have fond memories of last year’s race in Moto2 but the weather will also be a factor to consider because it is very changeable. I’m already looking forward to getting back in the pit garage and getting on the bike! Obviously we know what is at stake in this final Grand Prix of the year, but we will - as ever - approach it as we have done every other race, and work hard from the Friday and do our best"
Dani Pedrosa  Dani Pedrosa - Championship Standing: 3rd - 280 points
"I’m looking forward to going to Valencia and racing in front of the home fans! We’ve had a long trip in Asia and it will be nice to race in Valencia again, where the atmosphere is always very special. Even though we are out of the Championship now, I’ve had good results here in the past with many victories - including last year when we won after starting from the pits - and I want to end the season on a high"

Championship standings

1 Marc Marquez 318 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 305 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
3 Dani Pedrosa 280 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Valentino Rossi 224 pts ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5 Cal Crutchlow 188 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Alvaro Bautista 160 pts SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
7 Stefan Bradl 146 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
8 Andrea Dovizioso 133 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Nicky Hayden 118 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Bradley Smith 107 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
11 Aleix Espargaro 88 pts SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
12 Andrea Iannone 57 pts ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
13 Michele Pirro 50 pts ITA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
14 Colin Edwards 40 pts USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
15 Randy De Puniet 36 pts FRA ART Power Electronics Aspar
16 Hector Barbera 31 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
17 Danilo Petrucci 24 pts ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
18 Yonny Hernandez 21 pts COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
19 Hiroshi Aoyama 13 pts JPN FTR Avintia Blusens
20 Claudio Corti 11 pts ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
21 Ben Spies 9 pts USA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
22 Katsayuki Nakasuga 5 pts JPN YAMAHA Yamaha YSP Racing Team
23 Karel Abraham 5 pts CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
24 Alex De Angelis 5 pts RSM DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
25 Michael Laverty 3 pts GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
26 Bryan Staring 2 pts AUS FTR-HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
27 Javier Del Amor 1 pt SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
28 Martin Bauer 0 pts AUT S&B SUTER Remus Racing Team
29 Lukas Pesek 0 pts CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
30 Luca Scassa 0 pts ITA ART Cardion AB Motoracing
31 Ivan Silva 0 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
32 Damian Cudlin 0 pts AUS PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
33 Blake Young 0 pts USA APR CRT Attack Performance

Circuit information

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

Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana

Circuit records

Pole position 1m 30.844s (158.711km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2012)
Race lap 1m 32.582s (155.732km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2008)
Race time 46m 43.533s (154.283km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2007)
2012 Winner Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
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