In a test that had to be stopped by the storm, and marked by falls (Marquez, Rossi, Maverick...), won the Italian Ducati
Espargaró has signed the first podium of his life in MotoGP and the first in the history of KTM. Fired from Pedrosa and Bautista
The last race of the year became a real test of survival. The intense rain in Cheste ruined it all. There was little show and yes too many falls, despite the caution generally. The more skilled in the water logged circuit was Andrea Dovizioso, who took the occasion to win his fourth Grand Prix of the season. [Narration and classifications]
The Italian Ducati had no doubt on the restart, again under the downpour. In Valencia did not win a Ducati from Stoner in 2008. Not even Rossi could harass. Finally, Il Dottore also went to the floor, overturning a podium that had tied up, as 15 days ago in Sepang. Alex Rins, who had dominated the first 14 laps, before the red flag, finished second, the third podium in the last four grands prix. And in the third position of the drawer was filled with euphoria, as Pol Espargaró, was premiered in the heights in MotoGP. It was also the first podium of the history of the category to KTM.
at times, the riders were falling like a dominoes. Rins had signed a output full, sliding on the wet track of Cheste, to the surprise of all. In a turn already racing ahead in two seconds to Viñales, Dovizioso and the rest. But the storm had only just started.
Because the water was over, unceasing. And in 14 laps became impossible. Just when Dovizioso and Rossi caught Rins, the Ducati raised his hand. In an instant there appeared the red flag. At that time there were only 16 riders on the sea of Valencia.
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he Had fallen Pol Espargaró, who held a brief but bravísima fight with Marquez. Managed to return; the fate we had saved a good. The own Marc was on the floor, again, another blow to his battered left shoulder. Iannone when leaving fifth, Maverick Viñales when he was fourth. A succession relentless incidents. "The should have stopped a little earlier," he complained in television Jorge Lorenzo, one of the survivors, who had it quite clear: "Are the worst conditions, today is not the day to become the hero". He ended up 12th before taking the leap to Honda.
So the resistance was a success. Valentino Rossi, who departed 16th, was soon found among the first. Also Dani Pedrosa, as a nod to destiny in the last Grand Prix of his life. Finished fifth, without making too much noise. As well have been his last time in MotoGP.
After a brief pause of the rain, the race was resumed. But soon he returned to jarrear. They all took it calmly. Dovizioso was soon left alone. And Rossi went to Rins, but with four laps left to him the best of luck. The same who accompanied Pol Espargaró, crying in Cheste of pure joy: "The last round has lasted a year. I am very proud to see this little KTM among the best in the world".
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One of our favourite moments of the weekend between @polespargaro & brother @AleixEspargaro... they've come a long way these two. #ValenciaGPpic.twitter.com/lixte1XxC6
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