Valencia, Spain

2013 Valencia Moto3 Warm Up Result: Vinales Strikes First

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2013 Valencia MotoGP Saturday Round Up: Of Pressure, Mistakes, Engines, And How To Win A Championship

After all the drama, the talk stops tomorrow. Two titles on the line, and five men to fight over them. On Sunday, there will be no talk of crew chiefs being sacked, of team bosses appealing for penalty points, of teams concocting dubious plans, of teammates, team strategies or team orders. When the red lights go out, and the thunderous roar of four-stroke racing motorcycles fills the natural bowl which cradles the tightly wound ribbon of tarmac that is the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, it is every man and woman for themselves, and the devil take the hindmost. Nearly a hundred young men and one young woman will take to the track on Sunday. Most have already had their dreams of glory shattered; three more will share that disappointment; only two will etch their names permanently into the history books.

Both the Moto3 and the MotoGP titles are still undecided, the winner of each race likely to be crowned champion. The Moto2 title is already decided, and going on the evidence of practice and qualifying, the race could be over within a couple of laps, Pol Espargaro hoping to top off his championship with a win in the final race in front of his home crowd. The HP Tuenti Pons rider has been fastest in every session so far, usually by a comfortable margin, so his objective looks well within his grasp. Others may try to prevent an Espargaro victory march, but it doesn't look like either Tito Rabat, Jordi Torres or Nico Terol will be able to do much about it. Espargaro has deserved his title, repaying the faith Yamaha put in him when they signed him to the Tech 3 MotoGP team at Qatar, before the very first race of the year.

2013 Valencia MotoGP Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after Saturday's qualifying at Valencia:

Round Number: 
18
Year: 
2013

2013 Valencia Moto2 and Moto3 Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Valencia on Saturday:

Round Number: 
18
Year: 
2013

2013 Valencia MotoGP FP4 Result: Lorenzo Begs To Differ

Jorge Lorenzo would like to make something clear: Marc Marquez isn't the only rider capable of winning  in Valencia come Sunday. To that end, Lorenzo set the fastest time in FP4 with a lap of 1'31.313. Moreover, he spent nearly the entire 30-minute session putting down laps in the 1'31 range -- a pace only Marquez seems to be able to match consistently. Marquez was second-fastest rider in the final free practice with Valentino Rossi in third.

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2013 Valencia Moto2 FP3 Result: Espargaro Tightens His Grip

Pol Espargaro isn’t in a particularly generous mood this weekend. Already owning 2013 Moto2 championship, the Spanish rider made it abundantly clear he'd like to win again before graduating to the top class next year. His lap time of 1'35.126 beat second-fastest Jordi Torres by two-tenths of a second. Third-fastest Nicolas Terol was another two-tenths back.

Former points leader Scott Redding -- who likely will take the runner-up prize in this year's Moto2 championship -- currently sits out of the points in 18th position and more than a second back of the leaders. Redding, who is nursing a broken wrist, also will be moving to the top class next year.

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NGM Forward Confirm Aleix Espargaro And Colin Edwards For 2014

Aleix Espargaro and Colin Edwards will race for the NGM Forward team in MotoGP next year, riding FTR-based Yamaha production machines. The announcement had been expected for a very long time, but confirmation only came on Saturday morning at Valencia, as haggling over buying out Espargaro's contract had continued over the past couple of months. Negotiations have finally been completed, and Espargaro has been cleared to join Forward.

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