News & Multimedia

MotoGP Race Preview: Grand Prix of Valencia

Race:             Grand Prix of Valencia
Date:            Sunday, Nov. 11
Round:            Eighteenth of 18 races in 2012
Circuit:         Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain
Distance:         30 laps on 14-turn, 2.489-mile circuit

2011 Winner:        Casey Stoner, Honda
2012 Points Leader:    Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha
U.S. Riders:        Nicky Hayden, ninth, 122 points; Ben Spies, 10th, 88; Colin Edwards, 18th, 25.

TV:             MotoGP: 8 a.m. (ET) Sunday, Nov. 11, SPEED. Moto2: 3 p.m. (ET), Sunday, Nov. 11, SPEED. Moto3: Noon (ET) Tuesday, Nov. 13, SPEED.

Web:            www.motogp.com
Twitter:        @MotoGP

LAST RACE

Casey Stoner won his home Australian Grand Prix for an unprecedented sixth consecutive year, but even Stoner’s last race on native soil was overshadowed by Jorge Lorenzo clinching his second MotoGP World Championship.

Lorenzo finished second Sunday, Oct. 28 to seal another premier-class world title, joining the championship he won in 2010. Spaniard Lorenzo wears the crown due to mind-numbing consistency, as he has finished first or second in 16 of 17 races this season on his Yamaha Factory Racing machine.

The title chase became simple for Lorenzo when rival Dani Pedrosa, who entered the race 23 points behind Lorenzo in the standings, crashed out of the lead, race and championship hunt on Lap 2.

WHO’S HOT

Jorge Lorenzo: Lorenzo returns home to Spain for a triumphant final race of the 2012 season, as he clinched his second MotoGP World Championship on Oct. 28 at the Grand Prix of Australia. Lorenzo has finished first or second in 16 of the 17 races this season on his Yamaha Factory machine, a record for a single season in the premier class of the World Championship.

Casey Stoner: Stoner will finish his MotoGP career at this event coming off a victory at his home Grand Prix of Australia on Oct. 28 on a Repsol Honda. Stoner is retiring after this event at age 27. He won the World Championship in 2007 and 2011 and has 38 career MotoGP victories.

WHO’S NOT

Valentino Rossi: Rossi’s ill-fated two-year tenure at Ducati will end at this race, likely without a victory and with just three podium finishes. It’s a shocking result for seven-time MotoGP World Champion Rossi, who was expected to revive fabled Italian marque Ducati when he arrived in 2011. But Rossi has been lost in a pile of technical problems the last two seasons and will return to Yamaha, with which he won four world titles, in 2013 as teammate to reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo.

Colin Edwards: A season to forget will come to a merciful end for popular American rider Edwards, who is 18th in the MotoGP standings in his first year on production-based Claiming Rule Teams machinery. Edwards hasn’t finished the last two races due to various mechanical problems, mainly with the electronics of his Suter-BMW, in a microcosm of a tough season. Edwards will stay with the Forward Racing team in 2013 after the team promised to improve the bike, probably by using the spec electronic control unit that series organizer Dorna will offer to all teams.

NEWS and NUMBERS


Two-time MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner will retire after this event at age 27. Stoner has 45 career Grand Prix victories across all three classes, tied for seventh all-time. Stoner has 38 career victories in the premier class, a total surpassed only by Valentino Rossi (79), Giacomo Agostini (68) and Mick Doohan (54)

All three World Championships were decided before this event, with Jorge Lorenzo winning in MotoGP, Marc Marquez in Moto2 and Sandro Cortese in Moto3

This will be the record 11th consecutive year that Valencia has hosted the motorcycle Grand Prix season finale

Japanese rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga will replace the injured Ben Spies as Lorenzo’s teammate this weekend at Yamaha Factory Racing. Nakasuga finished ninth this season as a wild-card Yamaha rider at the Japanese Grand Prix

2009 250cc World Champion Hiroshi Aoyama returns to MotoGP this weekend on a Claiming Rule Teams entry fielded by Avintia Racing, replacing the injured Yonny Hernandez. Aoyama raced in MotoGP in 2010-11 before moving to World Superbike this season. He will race full time in MotoGP in 2013 on Avintia’s CRT entry.

***

2013 tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 2013 Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP event.

Visit www.imstix.com, call (800) 822-INDY or (317) 492-6700 or visit the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.

Information on camping at IMS during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP is available at www.imstix.com. Hotel package information can be found at visitindy.com/redbullhotels.
 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
MotoGP Race Preview: Grand Prix of Valencia
 
MotoGP Race Preview: Grand Prix of Valencia
A preview of the Grand Prix of Valencia MotoGP World Championship event Nov. 11
Read More
Related Media
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
 
Monday racing roundup: Earnhardt Jr. Scores Emotional Win at Talladega
Earnhardt, his team and Junior Nation could celebrate his 0.159-second victory over Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 Sunday afternoon, his sixth Sprint Cup win here. It all but assures Earnhardt a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship for a fifth consecutive year.
Read More
Scott Dixon
 
Monday Racing Roundup: Dixon Lands 36th Career IndyCar Win at Long Beach
Dixon's first victory at Long Beach was his 36th overall, breaking a tie with Bobby Unser for fifth on the all-time Indy car list. Al Unser is fourth with 39 victories. It was the 98th Indy car victory for team owner Chip Ganassi.
Read More
James Hinchcliffe
 
Monday Racing Roundup: Hinchcliffe Prevails in Wet, Wild Indy GP of Louisiana
James Hinchcliffe had a premonition midway through the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana when his crew ordered him not to make a pit stop like the rest of the Verizon IndyCar Series field leaders at NOLA Motorsports Park. The hunch came true when the Canadian took the checkered flag to win a wild and unpredictable series debut on the 2.74-mile road course outside New Orleans.
Read More
Panasonic
 
IMS, Panasonic Dial Up Fans' Race Day Experience
New high-definition LED networked video boards are significantly larger and twice as bright; digital displays offer spectators unimpeded view of on-track action
Read More
Chevrolet
 
IMS and Chevrolet Extend Partnership
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and long-standing partner Chevrolet have agreed to a multi-year extension of their partnership agreement.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 489
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
Fifteen Years Later, Montoya's The Man Again at Indianapolis by @pwilson24 - Read more here: http://t.co/djMsPwDfee #Indy500
about 7 hours ago