MotoGP World Championship – Valencia Grand Prix

A last podium for Morbidelli

For a long time leader of the pack, Franco Morbidelli concluded his last race in Moto2 by making it to the second step of the podium for the Valencia Grand Prix. The Italian will have left his mark on the 2017 season.

The Races

Assured of the title of world champion since the Malaysian Grand Prix, Franco Morbidelli was determined to conclude his career in Moto2 with a last stroke of brilliance. Leader of the pack up to six laps from the finish, the Italian unfortunately had to give up the first place to Miguel Oliveira: “I did everything I could to resist him, but today he was the fastest. I am still very happy to have finished my last season in Moto2 on the podium.” Fighting it out with his teammate lap after lap after starting from pole position, Alex Marquez lost ground at the end of the race because of a lack of grip. He finally ranked fifth. In MotoGP, Jack Miller and Tito Rabat both managed to make the top ten. The Australian finished seventh after a long fight with Valentino Rossi, the Spaniard taking the checkered flag in tenth position after a great comeback. No miracle occurred in the Moto3 standings, Kornfeil finishing the season in eighteenth place while Pulkkinen ranked twenty-ninth.

The Championship

World champion since the race at Sepang, Morbidelli ended the Moto2 season after chalking up 308 points. Marquez finished in fourth place, 107 lengths behind his teammate. In MotoGP, Miller was eleventh with 82 points while Rabat finished nineteenth with 35 points. In Moto3, this year only Kornfeil managed to score points with his Peugeot. The Czech rider finished the championship in twenty-second position with 26 points.

The Background

The last race of the year, the Valencia Grand Prix was the culmination of a magnificent and prolific season for the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS. In Moto2, Franco Morbidelli offered the Belgian team its second world champion title after Tito Rabat won it in 2014. Leader from the first event in Qatar, winner of eight Grand Prix, the Italian made it twelve times to the podium. Alex Marquez scored three wins and took three pole positions. No doubt the Spaniard will be next year one of the main candidates for the Moto2 World Championship title. In MotoGP, Jack Miller and Tito Rabat were respectively eleventh and nineteenth in their last world championship for the Marc VDS brand. Their places will be filled next year by Franco Morbidelli and Thomas Lüthi.