After 26-years of Grand Prix racing, 42-year-old Valentino Rossi made his 432nd and final MotoGP start this weekend as he brought his impressive career to a close. The 115 time race-winner and 199 time a podium finisher got his final race underway from tenth on the grid and was eager to finish on a high. Attacking from the beginning, the Italian claimed ninth by the end of the first lap. Trying to stick with the leading group, Rossi dropped behind the Ducatis of Johann Zarco and Enea Bastianini by lap nine, but that didn’t faze the experienced Italian.
Continuing to push on, the nine-times World Champion found himself back in the top ten at the mid-way stage and held off Yamaha counterpart Franco Morbidelli to eventually finish his career in tenth place.
World Champion Fabio Quartararo concluded his 2021 campaign with a fifth-place finish in Valencia. The Monster Energy Yamaha rider began the season closer from eighth on the grid and a bright start saw the Frenchman end the opening lap in sixth place.
Determined to join the top-five battle, Quartararo launched an attack on Jack Miller, a neat move at turn 14 promoted the 22-year-old to fifth, but Miller was quick to re-pass the Yamaha man. Locked in battle, the World Champion secured fifth place at turn four, but as the race went on dropped back to sixth.
An accident for another rider on lap 11 promoted him back to fifth place, where he eventually finished the Grand Prix, +5.439 seconds behind the winner.
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Franco Morbidelli began his final race of the 2021 season in 11th place. Dropping to 13th on lap one, Morbidelli pushed on, recovering to 11th by the half-way point. Following Rossi for the second half of the race, Morbidelli brought his factory M1 Yamaha home in 11th, securing five points.
Andrea Dovizioso completed his final race in PETRONAS colours with a 12th place finish. Dovizioso ran the majority of his race in 13th place but a charge saw him claim a season-best finish of 12th.
Fabio Quartararo’s championship-winning season saw him rack up a total of 278 points, finishing 26 points clear atop of the standings. Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team-mate Franco Morbidelli secured 17th in the standings, despite missing five races through injury. Valentino Rossi’s 44 points saw him bow out of the championship in 18th place with Andrea Dovizioso securing 12 points during his five Grands Prix with Razlan Razali’s PETRONAS outfit.
Yamaha secured second in the constructors’ standings with a 309 points total while Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP missed out on the team’s championship, finishing second with 380 points.
There’s no rest for the Yamaha MotoGP teams as 2022 gets underway with the first of seven test days at Jerez this week. Monster Energy Yamaha will be joined by the newly-formed RNF Yamaha team as Darryn Binder makes his MotoGP debut.
Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana Race Result
1. Francesco Bagnaia – Ducati Lenovo Team
2. Jorge Martin – Pramac Racing +0.489
3. Jack Miller – Ducati Lenovo Team +0.823
4. Joan Mir – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +5.214
5. Fabio Quartararo – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +5.439
6. Johann Zarco – Pramac Racing +6.993
7. Brad Binder – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +8.437
8. Enea Bastianini – Avintia Esponsorama +10.933
9. Aleix Espargaro – Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +12.651
10. Valentino Rossi – PETRONAS Yamaha SRT +13.468
11. Franco Morbidelli – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +14.085
12. Andrea Dovizioso – PETRONAS Yamaha SRT +16.534
13. Alex Marquez – LCR Honda CASTROL +17.059
14. Miguel Oliveira – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +18.221
15. Iker Lecuona – Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing +19.233
16. Maverick Viñales – Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +19.815
17. Luca Marini – SKY VR46 Avintia +28.860
18. Danilo Petrucci – Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing +32.169
NC. Alex Rins – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +17 laps
NC. Takaaki Nakagami – LCR Honda IDEMITSU +23 laps
2021 MotoGP World Championship Standings
1. Fabio Quartararo – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 278 points
2. Francesco Bagnaia – Ducati Lenovo Team 252 points
3. Joan Mir – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 208 points
4. Jack Miller – Ducati Lenovo Team 181 points
5. Johann Zarco – Pramac Racing 173 points
6. Brad Binder – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 151 points
7. Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team 142 points
8. Aleix Espargaro – Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 120 points
9. Jorge Martin – Pramac Racing 111 points
10. Maverick Viñales – Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 106 points
11. Enea Bastianini – Avintia Esponsorama 102 points
12. Pol Espargaro – Repsol Honda Team 100 points
13. Alex Rins – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 99 points
14. Miguel Oliveira – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 94 points
15. Takaaki Nakagami – LCR Honda IDEMTISU 76 points
16. Alex Marquez – LCR Honda CASTROL 70 points
17. Franco Morbidelli – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 47 points
18. Valentino Rossi – PETRONAS Yamaha SRT 44 points
19. Luca Marini – SKY VR46 Avintia 41 points
20. Iker Lecuona – Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing 39 points
21. Danilo Petrucci – Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing 37 points
22. Stefan Bradl – Honda HRC 14 points
23. Michele Pirro – Ducati Lenovo Team 12 points
24. Andrea Dovizioso – PETRONAS Yamaha SRT 12 points
25. Dani Pedrosa – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 6 points
26. Lorenzo Savadori – Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 4 points
27. Tito Rabat – Pramac Racing 1 point
28. Cal Crutchlow – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 0 points
29. Garrett Gerloff – PETRONAS Yamaha SRT 0 points
30. Jake Dixon – PETRONAS Yamaha SRT 0 points
2021 MotoGP Constructor’s Championship
1. Ducati 357 points
2. Yamaha 309 points
3. Suzuki 240 points
4. Honda 214 points
5. KTM 205 points
6. Aprilia 121 points
2021 MotoGP Team’s Championship
1. Ducati Lenovo Team 433 points
2. Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 380 points
3. Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 307 points
4. Pramac Racing 288 points
5. Repsol Honda Team 250 points
6. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 245 points
7. LCR Honda 146 points
8. Esponsorama Racing 143 points
9. Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 135 points
10. PETRONAS Yamaha SRT 96 points
11. Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing 76 points