About the Track
The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana has been held at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo every year since 1999. To this day, huge crowds of up to 150,000 people turn up to create an incredible atmosphere, with the stadium-style nature of the stands around the track allowing fans to view the whole circuit. The track has several layouts, running anti-clockwise with varying lengths, but the MotoGP races are held on a 4km track comprising of five right handed corners, eight left handers and an 876m straight.
How the Bookies See it
Marquez wrapped up a fifth Championship in the past six years some weeks ago, and comes into the nineteenth and final race, the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, with an incredible 101-point lead. Andrea Dovizioso looks almost certain to land the runners-up spot again, whilst Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales will battle it out to finish third in the World Standings.
World Champion, Marc Marquez, goes into the final race trying to finish off a brilliant season in front of his home crowd and is a strong 13/10 favourite to win in Valencia. Andrea Dovizioso is the 5/1 second-favourite, whilst Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi are the joint third-favourites at 6/1.
Marc Marquez has been the one to beat all season and it would be great to see him finish the year in style with a win in front of a passionate Spanish crowd. Despite failing to finish race 17 at Phillip Island, Australia, Marquez was back on the winner’s podium with a brilliant win at the Sepang International Circuit last time out. He last won at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in 2014, but has finished on the podium every year since.
Andrea Dovizioso will have been disappointed with finishing down in 6th in Malaysia two weeks ago, which meant he was unable to wrap up the runners-up spot in the World Standings. He still enjoys a 25-point lead over Valentino Rossi in third, so knows he only has to finish in the points to seal second-place. Dovizioso’s best finish is Valencia in recent years was fourth back in 2014, a result he would be delighted to repeat this time.
Valentino Rossi has had a poor end to the season, failing to make a podium finish for the last four races. He has his work cut out to hold on to third-place in the World Standings, knowing he needs to finish ahead of Maverick Vinales. He last won in Valencia in 2004, so it would be a big surprise if he was to win this one.
Maverick Vinales’ win in Australia put him back in with a chance of claiming this season’s runners-up spot, but he could only manage fourth position a week later in Malaysia, so third in the World Standings would be his best finish. He is breathing down the neck of Valentino Rossi but has never finished on the podium at Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
The Spanish riders dominate this race, so expect to see another Spaniard stood on the winner’s podium. Marc Marquez has a very consistent record in Valencia, so it would be no surprise to see him finish the season with another win. However, he will face stiff competition from last year’s winner at Circuit Ricardo Tormo, and fellow Spaniard, Dani Pedrosa.
Sports.net's Top Tip
At 20/1, Dani Pedrosa looks a brilliant each-way chance to land a top-three finish. Fellow Spaniard, Jorge Lorenz also offers good each-way value at 6/1. Alex Rins, another Spanish rider was second in Malaysia two weeks ago, so is of other each-way interest at 22/1.