The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team have travelled straight from Portimão, Portugal, to Valencia, Spain, to wrap up the 2021 MotoGP season at this weekend‘s big finale, the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana.
Fabio Quartararo is especially eager to get back aboard his YZR-M1 again. Disappointed that his previous outing ended in an NC score, he is looking to retaliate this weekend and finish the season off in style.
The 2021 MotoGP World Champion would like nothing better than to delight his fans by equalling or bettering the second place he scored here in 2019 in the MotoGP class (his best result in Valencia), and it would be the cherry on the cake if he could also help Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP close the 28-point deficit in the Team Championship, which has gone down to the wire.
Franco Morbidelli is up for the challenge of another back-to-back race weekend. He noticed some positive aspects during the Algarve GP weekend, including improvements in his recovery and speed earlier on in the weekend. He hopes to continue to develop this and close the 2021 season with his best performance yet since returning from injury.
The Italian is competitive at the Ricardo Tormo track 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 the second race in Valencia last year.
The 4.0 km long Circuit 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 to 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.
For those who want to get to know the Ricardo Tormo track better, check out Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP eSport Riders Lorenzo Daretti‘s and Michael Amara's eRace. Daretti will also be present at the track this weekend to take part in the fourth and final round of the MotoGP eSport Global Series, for which two races (stages are the Circuit of The Americas and the Circuit Ricardo Tormo) are held on Friday, 12th November. The MotoGP eSport showdown will be broadcast live from 18:00 – 19:30 (local track time: GMT+1) on the MotoGP eSport channels and is a must-see event. Trastevere73 has to close a 7-point gap in order to secure his third MotoGP eSport World Championship Title, and in this round there are double points awarded – so it‘s all to play for.