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World Championship Grand 2012 – Round 18: Valencia – NOV 11

Wins 2012 Finale, Third in His Last Race


Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V) scored a victory in the Valencia grand winning an incident-packed race started on a partially damp and unforgiving track. The Spanish was joined on the podium by third-placed Stoner (Repsol Honda who was riding in his last race retirement.

Alvaro Bautista Carlo Honda Gresini finished fourth, some way in of Michele Pirro (San Honda Gresini FTR-Honda) who a storming race on his CBR1000RR-powered CRT That made it five machines in the top six.

Morning had left the slow-drying track wet in places, despite the earlier and Moto3 races, so there was of deliberation about tyre before the start. Some chose slicks, others tyres. Pedrosa was one of several who started the warm-up lap on rain then decided to change, into the pits and swapping to slick-equipped spare bikes.

to the rules, Pedrosa started the from pit lane, after the pack, his RC213V fishtailing as he its slick tyres struggling for on still-soaking pit road.

Pedrosa took care in the few laps, working hard to get into his tyres and stay on the dry line. At the end of lap one he was 20th, but by lap three he was up to and the fastest man on the track, making progress over rivals who had on rain tyres.

However, was not the only man on slicks. Recently World Champion Jorge (Yamaha) and a few others had started the on slicks from the grid and it was not before Lorenzo was in the lead. moved into second before one-quarter distance and began to whittle away his advantage.

He had got the gap down to just one of a second when he found a neutral and ran off the track at turn ten put him four seconds behind. The next lap Lorenzo crashed at the right-hander that had nearly Pedrosa.

The vast majority of the crashes during the race this anti-clockwise circuit in right-handers, the riders struggling to get heat into the right of their tyres.

When Lorenzo tumbled, inherited a 22 second lead Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow later crashed) and from on his main challenges were concentration and staying on the narrow dry At the finish he was a gaping 37.6 ahead of Katsuyuki Nakasuga substituting for the injured Ben Spies. was his seventh win of the year – a MotoGP for the 27-year-old.

Stoner was one of the majority who the race on rain tyres, the World Champion soon he needed slicks and pitting at the end of lap to change to his ‘dry’ bike. time around he was 16th and 31 outside of a podium finish. His from that position was determined as he passed other and made up a few more places as fell by the wayside.

He moved third with two laps to go, him the opportunity to mark the end of his glittering with a podium finish.


Nine years ago Stoner won his GP victory – in the 125 class – here at Today the Australian hangs up his as one of the sport’s all time greats, two MotoGP World Championships and 45 Prix wins across all classes.

The final victim of career was Bautista who nonetheless had reason to be happy with his finish. Like Pedrosa, also changed his mind tyres during the warm-up swapping bikes in pit lane and from there. He worked his way from 19th on the first riding well in the unforgiving

Like Lorenzo and Nakasuga, started the race on slicks, cautious in the early laps and making the most of his advantage as the dried out somewhat. His fifth-place was the best result so far by a CRT machine, the MotoGP bikes introduced at the of this season.


Stefan Bradl (LCR MotoGP RC213V) started his race as a MotoGP rookie on tyres and was going well, third place just of Nakasuga, when he tumbled at the five right-hander on lap ten.


Marc Marquez CatalunyaCaixa Repsol-Suter) won an unforgettable victory in the Honda-powered Moto2 coming from the back of the to take his ninth win of the year Julian Simon (Blusens – Suter) who led 17 laps of the 27 lap race, run in damp conditions. Last 125 World Champion Nicolas (Mapfre Aspar Team – led the early stages and finished his first Moto2 podium.


– who next year joins Pedrosa in the factory Repsol MotoGP team – was sent to the of the grid for an incident with rider during Friday This was his second win from the of the grid – he won the 2010 Portuguese 125 GP the back row after falling on the lap.

The 19-year-old was astonishing on the lap, passing 23 riders. By he was up to fourth, but by then Simon and were way out on their own and seemed out of his Lapping more than a a lap quicker than the leaders, passed Terol with laps to go and took the lead three laps remaining.

Simon and Terol finished and third, making it an all-Spanish An all-Swiss duel for fourth went to Thomas Luthi who got the better of Dominique Aegerter Suter) by less than a


Hector Faubel T-Shirt Laglisse – FTR Honda) was top finisher in the last Moto3 of the year, the Spaniard in the thick of the in the lead group throughout. At the line the Spaniard was fifth, than four seconds the winner.

The race was run on a wet track, many riders falling to the slippery conditions. Several in the group slid off, Danny Kent to take the win KTM team-mate and recently crowned Champion Sandro Cortese at the corner.

Faubel was not the only rider running up front. Rossi (Racing Team – FTR Honda) briefly led the race the early stages, but the winner of wet French GP then slipped a few positions to complete the 24 laps in place, comfortably ahead of Kornfeil (Thomas Sabo GP – Honda).

Maverick Vinales (Blusens – FTR Honda) had a difficult end to his 2012 finishing eighth which him a close third in the final Championship standings. After Vinales has the second largest haul of the year, with wins.

Faubel’s team-mate Vazquez (JHK T-Shirt – FTR Honda) was one of the front-runners who fell the race, taking Miguel (Estrella Galicia 0.0 – Suter with him at two-thirds distance. The had been running third and when they fell.

World Championship Grand Round 18: Valencia


(1st) and Stoner (3rd) on the together for the last time


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