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2010 MotoGP - Valencia Photo Gallery

See photos of the 2010 Valencia Grand Prix in the 2010 MotoGP Valencia photo gallery.

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Jorge Lorenzo: "It’s been a very good first day here. I’m very motivated to ride here and I feel much better than last year, a little bit faster so the results are perfect at the moment. We started strongly from the first moment and I am feeling so confident, plus my bike is working very well here.”
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Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa - 2011 Valencia MotoGP
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Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa took the 12th-fastest lap during practice and was more than 1.2 seconds off Lorenzo's pace.
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Valentino Rossi: "The times are quite close but we are still in ninth so we need to find a way to improve tomorrow. We will have a look at the data and see what we can come up with tomorrow because for sure we need to improve the grip if we are going to be competitive this weekend. It's a very important weekend, the last for me with Yamaha, so of course we want to try to be at the maximum."
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American Nicky Hayden rounded out Friday in an upsetting 10th-place, but took pleasure knowing he was within one second of Lorenzo's pace.
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(from foreground to background): Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso at the Valencia circuit during Friday's practice session.
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San Carlo Honda's Marco Simoncelli just missed having a top-three time in Friday's practice by 0.002 seconds.
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American Ben Spies performed strongly in Friday's practice despite his recent ankle injury, earning the sixth-fastest time.
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Ben Spies suffered a crash early Friday morning. The Texan made a comeback though during the second session, taking sixth on the timesheets despite having an injured ankle.
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Ducati's Casey Stoner had the fastest time in the first practice session, but in the afternoon he trailed the World Champion by 0.314 seconds.
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Casey Stoner: "Not too bad a day today. We had some problems over the two sessions with a small vibration in one of the bikes and we lost some time trying to work out what it was. We changed to the other one and we started to improve the setting a little bit but we hadn’t really has enough time or laps to really improve it. I needed basically one more run to be happy with what we have, but in general we feel quite good.”
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Toni Elias captured the final Moto 2 pole position of the 2010 season at Valencia.
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Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Colin Edwards took seventh during qualifying at Valencia and was 0.780 seconds off Stoner's time.
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American Nicky Hayden posted the fifth-quickest time at Valencia and will start from the second row on Sunday.
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Jorge Lorenzo is sporting a new, special edition helmet design at Valencia...
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Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa earned eighth during qualifying at Valencia and was 0.804 seconds off the pace of the leader.
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Valentino Rossi narrowly missed a front row start by 0.086 seconds at Valencia.
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Rookie Marco Simoncelli earned his first premier front row start at Valencia by taking third on the timesheets.
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Ben Spies took sixth-place during qualifying and was 0.114 seconds behind Nicky Hayden at the Valencia circuit.
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Ducati's Casey Stoner will begin the final race of the season from the front row after posting the fastest time in qualifying.
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American Nicky Hayden suffered bitter disappointment at Valencia when he crashed out at the beginning of the final race of the season.
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Jorge Lorenzo claimed his first GP win at the Valencia circuit in 2010.
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Jorge Lorenzo's accomplishment was seen flying high above the Valencia circuit in Spain.
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Jorge Lorenzo made it two in a row by winning the final race of 2010 at Valencia ahead of Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi.
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Jorge Lorenzo: "Thanks to Yamaha and everyone involved for a fantastic season - now we have time to celebrate tonight before we start working for 2011 on Tuesday. Finally I want to say goodbye and good luck to Valentino - I am looking forward to racing him next year!"
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Valentino Rossi (#46) and Jorge Lorenzo (#99) had a brief battle in the beginning of the contest before Lorenzo made the pass.
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Valentino Rossi: ""This is a very emotional day but I'm very happy as well because I don't have any regrets and there have been no bad moments or thoughts throughout these seven seasons together with Yamaha. From the beginning it was something great and we worked very well together. Like in life, in sport the results are crucial but just as important is the enjoyment and we had this at Yamaha."
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Rookie Marco Simoncelli (#58) ended the final contest of the season in sixth after losing a battle with Andrea Dovizioso (#4).
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American Ben Spies had another strong result at Valencia after finishing fourth behind Valentino Rossi.
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Stoner (#27) secured an excellent start ahead of Nicky Hayden (#69) and Dani Pedrosa (#26).
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Stoner (#27) led for much of the race but couldn't withstand pressure from Lorenzo.