Hello and welcome back to Speed. One of the most spectacular MotoGP title races of recent memory is drawing to a close with Italy’s Valentino Rossi and Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo locking horns in Valencia. Having been sent to the back of the grid following his controversial collision with Marc Marquez in Sepang, was Rossi able to maintain his seven point lead in Spain? Let’s take a look.
Down to the wire
Valentino Rossi lost out on a 10th MotoGP world title to fierce rival Jorge Lorenzo after fighting his way back up to fourth across the finish line.
The Spaniard, who ended with 330 points – five more than Rossi – produced a solid display, leading from the start and withstanding pressure from compatriots Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa over the final three laps.
The Honda pair finished second and third respectively. Rossi weaved through the field to get up to fourth place with 18 laps to go but was never able to catch the leading trio, allowing Lorenzo to claim his fifth world championship and third in the MotoGP category.
After failing to deliver in his last three outings, Britain’s Danny Kent was still striving to clinch the Moto 3 championship. The 21-year-old rider, who led by 24 points with 25 available to the winner in Valencia, looked set to seal the title but motorsport fans know anything can happen in one race. Let’s see if Kent was able to rise to the occasion in Spain despite the obvious end of season nerves.
Kent can finally celebrate
Danny Kent kept his composure to clinch the Moto3 title on Sunday, becoming Britain’s first motorcycle grand prix world champion since the late Barry Sheene in 1977.
The 21-year-old, who went into the final race of the season in Spain needing to finish only 14th, came home ninth with race winner Miguel Oliveira of Portugal second in the final standings.
Both Kent and Oliveira are moving up to Moto2 class next year.
MotoGP wouldn’t be the same without the Valencia Grand Prix, which has played host to the final round of the World Championship since 2002. Let’s go back to where it all began.
The Valencia circuit, which was inaugurated in 1999 by Juan Carlos, hosted its first Grand Prix that same year with Regis Laconi leading from start to finish to clinch the event. The Yamaha rider dominated the qualifying session and carried that momentum into the race with a flawless performance despite poor weather conditions, becoming the first – and so far the only – Frenchman to take the chequered flag at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.
America’s Kenny Roberts finished second while local hope Alex Criville, who went on to win the title, crashed with five laps remaining.
FORMULA E : DI GRASSI GRABS OVERALL LEAD
See you on the 15th of November for another edition of Speed where we will be looking at the Brazilian Grand Prix . In the meantime, we end the programme with some of the best moments from the Malaysian Formula E event which saw Lucas Di Grassi secure an easy win to take the overall lead. See you soon