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MotoGP preview: Valencia

Can finally become the first world champion since Or is the momentum now with Lorenzo two straight wins?

Venue: Tormo Circuit, Valencia

4.005km; 14 corners, nine five right. ‘A circuit a stadium’ is how they describe it and Tormo certainly has superb facilities. It’s named a rider born locally who world championships in the 50cc and classes before having his ended by a freak accident shattered his right leg. and slow but surprisingly flowing” is how Stoner remembers it, and he should he scored his first GP win there on a Aprilia in 2003, was a podium in 250cc two years later and won in for both Ducati (2008) and (2011).

Lap records:

MotoGP: Stoner (Ducati) 1:32.582 2008

Moto2: Karel (FTR) 1:36.611 (148.2km/h),

Moto3: Zulfahmi Khairuddin 1:49.622 (131.5km/h), 2012

99 plays 93 with 13 in between

Can Marquez finally become the rookie world champion in the class since 1978? Or is the now with Jorge Lorenzo two straight wins? It’s a winner-takes-all battle between the kid on the #93 and Yamaha’s champion on the #99 bike at Tormo.

Marquez is 13 points ahead and if Lorenzo wins he can afford to fourth and still take the by one point. Lorenzo, of course, go for the win, which leaves in the classic motor sport – play your natural or go conservative?

The latter is often a for disaster, but Marquez showed beyond his years in settling for at Motegi and the top three have been miles ahead of the this season. And bear in mind: Marquez has three points on his record already so pre-race indiscretion could see him to the back of the Valencia grid…

the warrior goes into on the back of two brilliant wins and a 7-6 advantage on win countback over

“I’m very stimulated three races ago we thought the was over,” he says. “Instead we a chance to fight for the title. is my home race and it will be emotional considering our position in the

“We don’t have anything to but everything to win, and this plays on our side. Maybe our rival can feel much pressure in Valencia than us he is so close to victory.”

Marquez, is still getting over the of his Motegi crash and has been intensive muscular treatment to his Sensibly, he is doing the football – one game at a time, take it as it but of course there only is one to come.

“Obviously we know is at stake in this final Prix of the year,” he says. we will — as ever approach it as we have done other race, and work from the Friday and do our best.”

problem could be that his Dani Pedrosa is less to lend a helping hand Lorenzo’s…

The last time Tormo hosted the senior was seven years ago. It was versus Yamaha back as well: in the blue corner on his Valentino Rossi went with an eight-point margin Honda’s Nicky Hayden. But the came unstuck, fell, 13th and third was enough for the American to claim the title.

Times change: Vale been in the title hunt year, while Nicky is the final race of his relatively spell with Ducati. But is playing the team player’s to perfection as Valencia approaches.

“If I am enough I want to try and help as much as possible on Sunday and to arrive on the podium,” says The

For Aussie Bryan Staring the takes on a valedictory note as he is to get another crack at MotoGP year.

“Valencia will be an weekend for me,” he says “It is the last race of the season and I to sign off with my best Unfortunately the season has not met our expectations in of results and that is disappointing for and for the team.

“However, overall it has an incredible experience for me and I would to end it in the best possible way.”

Parade laps for the new champion?

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Pol Espargaro will be basking in the sunshine this weekend as he the Moto2 title he and his Tuenti team wrapped up in Japan. He is the Moto2 title-winner, and the sixth to take out the intermediate category. Pol can to two podium finishes in Valencia in the class and will be looking to off a wonderful season with his win of 2013.

Moto3: Trio in tussle

We haven’t checked if Salom won the Spanish lottery weekend, but he certainly enjoyed a slice of luck when he Motegi still leading the title chase. To be fair, the had felt the slings and arrows of fortune when Isaac ended his Japanese race, but cousin Maverick and Alex the other two Spaniards in the title couldn’t capitalise and Salom is two to the good as just five cover the three of them.

“I the path we should follow,” Luis, ”because this we have done the business on occasions, making the most of lap each weekend. Additionally, I am that Ricardo Tormo is a I like a lot.”

“This team and this never give up,” Red Bull KTM Ajo’s boss Aki Ajo

Salom boasts seven this season and four podiums; Rins has six wins and other podiums; Vinales had two in the first four races but won any of the last 12! Last time out in Alex Marquez became the rider other than the contenders to enjoy a 2013 win.

Ajo’s team their 2014 line-up by this week that teen Danny Kent is to the fold. He rode for Aki Ajo in 2011 and (winning at Ricardo Tormo year) before trying his in Moto2 this season, but has opted to step back and his apprenticeship.

“Their way of working and of Aki are different to other teams, and I it,” he says. “Aki is and methodical. I want to make the of his experience, listening and learning all the advice that he gives

That attitude should bear fruit for Aussie Miller, who will ride Kent and rising East star Karel Hanika for the in 2014.

That leaves Arthur out in the cold as he looks for a ride being dropped by Ajo.

some reason or other, it be knocks in Sepang and Phillip or bad weather in Motegi, I had no luck on the and I could not get into the points,” the Adelaide rider. “For race I will not be satisfied just scoring some as the goal should be to get into the top that would be a good way to end season.”

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Published. 7 November 2013

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