The MotoGP paddock is getting ready for the final race of the season this weekend, when the very last round takes place at Valencia.
With Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo having taken the title after the last round at Phillip Island, all that remains now is for a battle of honour to be played out amongst the other major players. Though Lorenzo would be glad to take the win in front of a home crowd, Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa won’t be letting him off that lightly. Valencia will be Casey’s last ever race before he bows out for good and he’s certain to want to go out in style; Dani meanwhile will want to ease the pain of last round’s crash by taking the victory in the final, especially now the championship title is out of his reach this time around.
Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso has fourth place in the bag, while Cal Crutchlow still has a good chance of taking fifth, especially after managing a second MotoGP podium at Phillip Island. Also hanging on for fifth is Ducati’s Valentino Rossi, who does the rounds on his Desmosedici for the final time before making the move to Yamaha next season. He has promised to push the bike to its limits right to the end, even though he hasn’t quite managed to make it work in 2012.
LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl will be crowned ‘Rookie of the Year’ at the weekend, while the CRT category ends its debut year with Espargaro looking to be the champion in the new category.