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Motul Grand Prix of Valencia, Results – 8 November 2015

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Motul Grand Prix of Valencia

Results – 8 November 2015



The Champion 2015. Pic from

Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) won the 2015 MotoGP World Championship by leading the final race of the season from start to finish. His main rival and Championship leader going into the race, Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP)  finished fourth after starting from 25th position in the starting grid after being penalised for a racing incident incident during the previous round in Sepang, Malaysia.


In second spot was Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) with Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) third. However any one of the top three could have won the race entering the last lap but Lorenzo held on to win and take his third MotoGP title, becoming only the third rider in the premier class’ history to overturn a points deficit in the last race to become champion.


Fifth spot went to Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) with team mate Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) in sixth.


1          Jorge LORENZO (SPA)  Movistar Yamaha MotoGP               Yamaha                 45’59.364

2          Marc MARQUEZ (SPA)  Repsol Honda Team                           Honda                   +0.263

3           Dani PEDROSA (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team                          Honda                   +0.654

Jorge showed the way from Go to Whoa. But…. was he assisted in his championship aspirations by a couple of Spanish compatriots? Pic by Tony Goldsmith.


Tito shows his tail on his “comeback ride” before moving to MotoGP for 2016.

In his last Moto2 race Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) led a shortened 18 lap race, due to a red flag after a multi rider incident on the first corner, from start to finish to win his third race of the season. In second place was Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) who closely followed Rabat throughout the race but did not have the pace to pass him.


Third spot went to Thomas Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten) who held off Lorenzo Baldassari (Forward Racing) in fourth with a fast finishing Alex Lowes (Speed Up Racing) in fifth and Luis Salom (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) sixth. 2015 Moto2 World Champion Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) finished a disappointing seventh after debuting the new 2016 Kalex frame in the race.


1          Tito RABAT (SPA)           EG 0,0 Marc VDS                               Kalex                     28’48.831

2          Alex RINS (SPA)              Paginas Amarillas HP 40                  Kalex                     +0.309

3          Thomas LUTHI (SWI)    Derendinger Racing Interwetten      Kalex                     +3.347



Miguel Olivera took the flag from Jorge Navarro at Valencia but the Moto3 championship finally went to Danny Kent.

Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) rode superbly to win an exciting race ahead of Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) but by finishing the race in ninth position. Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) became the 2015 Moto3 World Champion, Britain’s first GP World Champion since the Late Barry Sheene in 1977.


Third place went to Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC) after Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) crashed out on the last corner taking out podium contenders Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) and Efren Vazquez (Leopard Racing).


In fourth spot was Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) with Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Team Moto3) in fifth ahead of Isaac Vinales (RBA Racing Team) in sixth.


1          Miguel OLIVEIRA (POR)  Red Bull KTM Ajo                               KTM                       40’09.792

2          Jorge NAVARRO  (SPA)     Estrella Galicia 0,0                             Honda                   +0.198

3          Jakub KORNFEIL  (CZE)   Drive M7 SIC                                      KTM                       +2.090








AFTER ROUND 18 – 8 November 2015





Pos.       Rider                                     Bike                                       Nation                                  Points

1              Jorge LORENZO                 Yamaha                                SPA                                        330

2              Valentino ROSSI                  Yamaha                               ITA                                         325

3              Marc MARQUEZ                Honda                                   SPA                                        242

4              Dani PEDROSA                  Honda                                   SPA                                        206

5              Andrea IANNONE            Ducati                                   ITA                                         188

6              Bradley SMITH                  Yamaha                               GBR                                        181

7              Andrea DOVIZIOSO         Ducati                                   ITA                                         162

8              Cal CRUTCHLOW               Honda                                  GBR                                        125

9              Pol ESPARGARO                Yamaha                               SPA                                        114

10           Danilo PETRUCCI              Ducati                                   ITA                                         113




Pos.       Rider                                     Bike                                       Nation                                  Points


1              Johann ZARCO                  Kalex                                     FRA                                        352

2              Alex RINS                            Kalex                                    SPA                                        234

3              Tito RABAT                         Kalex                                    SPA                                        231

4              Sam LOWES                        Speed Up                            GBR                                        186

5              Thomas LUTHI                   Kalex                                   SWI                                        179

6              Jonas FOLGER                    Kalex                                   GER                                        163

7              Xavier SIMEON                 Kalex                                     BEL                                         113

8              Takaaki NAKAGAMI        Kalex                                     JPN                                        100

9              Lorenzo BALDASSARRI   Kalex                                     ITA                                         96

10           Franco MORBIDELLI         Kalex                                    ITA                                         90




Pos.       Rider                                     Bike                                       Nation                                  Points

1              Danny KENT                      Honda                                   GBR                                        260

2              Miguel OLIVEIRA              KTM                                      POR                                       254

3              Enea BASTIANINI             Honda                                   ITA                                         207

4              Romano FENATI                  KTM                                    ITA                                         176

5              Niccolò ANTONELLI           Honda                                   ITA                                         174

6              Brad BINDER                       KTM                                      RSA                                        159

7              Jorge NAVARRO                  Honda                                   SPA                                        157

8              Efren VAZQUEZ                  Honda                                   SPA                                        155

9              Isaac VIÑALES                    KTM                                      SPA                                        115

10           Fabio QUARTARARO         Honda                                   FRA                                        92



“The incident” awaits.  From

Motul Grand Prix of Valencia, Qualifying Practice – 7 November 2015

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Motul Grand Prix of Valencia

Qualifying Practice – 7 November 2015


Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) took his fifth and probably his most important pole of the season with a lap that was almost half a second quicker than any other rider while his team mate and Championship leader Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who will start last on the starting grid, could only record the 12th fastest time after crashing during Q2.

Second fastest qualifier was Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) with his team mate Dani Pedrosa(Repsol Honda Team) third.

Heading the second row of the starting grid in fourth spot will be Aleix Espargaro (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) making it an all Spanish top four with British duo Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) in fifth and sixth respectively.

1Jorge LORENZO(SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha1’30.011

2 Marc MARQUEZ (SPA) Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.488

3 Dani PEDROSA (SPA) Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.505

Moto 2

After missing the fly-away rounds because of a broken radius sustained in a training accident Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) took pole position in his comeback ride, his third of the season. In second place was 2015 World Champion Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) with Rookie of the Year, Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) third.

Fourth place on the starting grid went to Thomas Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten) with Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Racing) fifth and Julian Simon (QMMF Racing Team) sixth.

1Tito RABAT (SPA)EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex1’35.234

2 Johann ZARCO (FRA) Ajo Motorsport Kalex +0.138

3 Alex RINS (SPA) Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex +0.207


John McPhee took his second pole of the season despite crashing late in the qualifying session which saw the top 23 ricers qualifying within one second. Second place went to Romano Fenati with Efren Vazquez third.

Championship challenger Miguel Oliveira heads the second row of the starting grid in fourth place ahead of Jorge Navarro in fifth and Enea Bastiannini sixth.

Championship leader Danny Kent had a disastrous qualifying session qualifying in eighteenth place after problems with his bike’s gearbox.

1 John MCPHEE (GBR) SAXOPRINT RTG Honda 1’39.364

2 Romano FENATI (ITA) SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.086

3 Efren VAZQUEZ (SPA) Leopard Racing Honda +0.099