Jorge Lorenzo wins Mo­toGP’s sea­son end­ing Va­len­cia GP

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Jorge Lorenzo of Spain won the sea­son-end­ing Va­len­cia Moto Grand Prix yes­ter­day, end­ing a 12-race win­less streak in his fi­nal event be­fore switch­ing from Yamaha to ri­val Du­cati.

Lorenzo won from pole po­si­tion, fin­ish­ing ahead of cham­pion Marc Mar­quez, An­drea Ian­none and Valentino Rossi. The three-time cham­pion, who hadn't won since the Ital­ian GP in May, will be join­ing Du­cati next year af­ter nine sea­sons with Yamaha.

"This was my fi­nal Yamaha," Lorenzo said.

Mar­quez, who was crowned world cham­pion two races ago, fin­ished only a sec­ond be­hind gift to Lorenzo af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a poor start that dropped him from sec­ond to sev­enth by the first turn at the Va­len­cia track in south­ern Spain.

"The big­gest prob­lem of the race was the start, I lost a lot of po­si­tions," Mar­quez said. "But then it wasn't so dif­fi­cult to over­take. I tried to stay calm and at­tack. With a cou­ple more laps maybe I could have made the pass for the win."

Lorenzo, in his 250th grand prix start, said he wor­ried about los­ing the vic­tory to­ward the end.

"I suf­fered those last 10 laps," he said. "I knew he (Mar­quez) was at­tack­ing so I was push­ing to the limit."

Rossi, who fin­ished sec­ond in the rid­ers' cham­pi­onship, ahead of Lorenzo, at­tracted most of the at­ten­tion a few hours be­fore the race when a video re­leased on so­cial me­dia showed him us­ing his left foot to shove a woman out of his way while he rode a non-rac­ing mo­tor­cy­cle in the pad­dock.

Dani Pe­drosa fell out of con­tention af­ter los­ing con­trol of his bike and fall­ing while run­ning sev­enth early in the race.

Jo­hann Zarco won the Moto2 fi­nale, while Brad Bin­der ral­lied from 22nd to se­cure vic­tory in the sea­son-end­ing event in Moto3. Zarco and Bin­der had al­ready se­cured the ti­tles in their re­spec­tive se­ries.

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