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Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Determined to Fight in 2022 Season Finale

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Determined to Fight in 2022 Season Finale

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP's Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli will bring their A-game once more at the final round of the 2022 MotoGP season held this weekend at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo.

The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team have travelled to Valencia, Spain, to wrap up the 2022 MotoGP season at this weekend‘s big finale, the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana.

Fabio Quartararo has a tough task ahead of him. There‘s a 23-point gap to bridge to first place in the rider standings, which means he can only win the championship if he finishes first and his main rival doesn‘t score any points. However, the Frenchman is determined to still put in 100% effort. The 2021 MotoGP World Champion has previously scored second place here in 2019 (his best result in Valencia) and hopes to do one better this weekend.

Franco Morbidelli is also up for the Spanish challenge after a strong weekend in Sepang. He hopes to continue his progress in the final round and close the 2022 season with his best performance yet. The Italian is competitive at the Ricardo Tormo circuit and has visited the Valencian rostrum multiple times. He secured third place in 2016 and second place in 2017 in the Moto2 class, and in the premier class he rode to a brilliant win in 2020 in the second race in Valencia.

The 4.0 km Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo was built in 1999 and was immediately added to the MotoGP calendar. The Valencian GP was soon known as a must-be-at event, especially when it became the traditional closing round of the MotoGP championship from 2002 onward. The circuit is often described as quite challenging. Its lay-out includes nine left corners, five right ones, an 876m longest straight, and is ran anti-clockwise. The stadium-style grandstands can seat up to 150,000 spectators and provide them with a perfect view of all parts of the track as the riders go head-to-head one final time this year.

Fabio Quartararo

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP

"We had a good race in Malaysia. I really enjoyed it, and it was nice to be back on the podium again. Winning the championship will be very difficult now. Of course, I will give my 100% as always, but I‘m not going to stress too much about the championship title. It‘s the final GP of the season, and I want to enjoy it and end it with a good result."

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Franco Morbidelli

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP

"We had a good weekend overall in Malaysia. It was a shame that the long-lap penalties set me back, because my pace was good. This has given my crew and me an extra boost for this weekend in Valencia. It is not an easy track though, and in fact completely different from Sepang. But we will try our best to keep the positive trajectory going and end the season on a high note."

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Massimo Meregalli

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP, Team Director

"After two long overseas legs, we have arrived back in Europe. It's already the last race of the season! We started 2022 thinking that 20 GPs would be really long, but it all went by incredibly fast. We know that securing the title will be difficult. The only way would be for Fabio to win and for our rival to not score any points. It's not an easy task, for sure, but we won't lose hope until the chequered flag comes out! Our fighting spirit remains high, and we will give it our best shot this weekend. I also expect Franky to start this GP on the same level as he finished the previous one. He made a big step in Malaysia: his race pace was strong, but his race result was compromised by the double long-lap penalty. I'm eager to see him battle more towards the front this weekend."

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