Valencia will bring the curtain down on this year’s MotoGP season, and Valentino Rossi’s tenure at Yamaha. Shortly after the race Rossi will jump on the Ducati for his first test sessions.
The question is, with the Championship all tied up, will there be enough at stake to produce a final battle between the Fiat Yamaha team-mates, or will Rossi and Lorenzo opt for a safer race to minimise any injury risk prior to testing?
Lorenzo and Rossi are at least publically stating that they want to finish on top. Lorenzo wants victory in Spain as World Champion, and Rossi wants to end his Yamaha partnership with a win. Both riders comment below on their goals for this weekend’s Valencian MotoGP.
Jorge Lorenzo – “It’s special to finish in Spain”
“Finally the end of the season is here and for me it is so special to finish in Spain, with all of my fans. I have already celebrated in Mallorca but this will be the first time I ride in Spain as the World Champion and I am so proud to do so. It has been an incredible season for us and I was so happy to win again last weekend. We have won the Triple Crown now so our targets are complete, but I would like to make a new points record, which I can do if I finish on the podium. I have never won in Valencia so I would really like to try this weekend.”
Valentino Rossi – “An emotional weekend for all”
“So here we are, my last race with Yamaha and it will be an emotional weekend for all! Of course I would really like to try to win this final race because it would be a great end to this partnership, which has had so many beautiful moments. We improved the setting of our bike again in Estoril so I hope we will be in good shape in Valencia, although it hasn’t been the best track for me in the last few years. Anyway this is a special weekend so we will do everything that we can. I am third in the championship after Estoril and second is not impossible, although we know Dani is strong in Valencia and he is still 19 points ahead.”
Wilco Zeelenberg – “Keep focused”
“We need to keep our focus this weekend even though it’s the last race. It’s not Jorge’s best track but it would be great to have a good result there and make a new points record, which is possible if he finishes in the top three. It’s nice to have this focus and target when everything else has been achieved!”
Davide Brivio – “We want to finish in the best way”
“The last race is always a bit special but this year it will be even more so. It’s the last race for Valentino with Yamaha and also for many members of our team, so we all want to do the maximum and finish this great story in the best way possible. We go there with a lot of motivation to do well and we hope to enjoy this final weekend.”
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