Jorge Lorenzo made it two in a row by winning the final race of 2010 at Valencia ahead of Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi.
’s Jorge Lorenzo ended his spectacular 2010 season on top after claiming the final MotoGP
win of the season at Valencia. The Spaniard won on home soil ahead of Ducati
’s Casey Stoner by 4.576 seconds, with Valentino Rossi rounding out the podium close to nine seconds back in third. Despite touching bikes with San Carlo Honda
’s Marco Simoncelli early on, there were few setbacks for the 23-year-old as he broke the record for the largest points haul in a single season.
"Coming here to Valencia I really wanted to win one more time in this fantastic season, in front of my home fans," Lorenzo said. "In the practices I was fast all weekend, but it seemed like Casey was even faster. I made a good start today but in the second corner trying to pass Casey I got overtaken by three or four riders, then I had a hard fight with Simoncelli when I nearly fell! I kept calm after that and concentrated and then lap-by-lap I recovered. I had a wonderful fight with Casey at the end. Winning here in front of my home crowd at this special track is one of the happiest moments of my life. We are proud to have got the record for the most number of points with 383, I used to be known as a crazy rider who crashed too much so to demonstrate consistency in this way makes me proud."
Stoner (#27) led for much of the race but couldn't withstand pressure from Lorenzo.
Stoner, who officially ended his contract with Ducati, actually led for the majority of the race. However, the Aussie was overtaken by Lorenzo with just eight laps remaining, and despite his best efforts Stoner couldn’t mount a comeback. Playing a big part in the contest for Stoner was tire choice as he decided on the harder option rear tire while most of his competition chose the medium option.
Meanwhile Rossi, who is also cutting ties with his team after seven successful years, ended a roller-coaster of a season in third after one last battle with Lorenzo in the early half of the race. In the end the Italian managed to hold-off Stoner by just seven points to finish third in the championship.
"Honestly I'm happy with this final result with Yamaha, because we had a difficult weekend here," Rossi said. "I didn't get a good start but I realized straight away that I was much faster today and that my bike felt good. At one point I thought I might be able to win but in the later part of the race I just didn't have enough strength to stay with Lorenzo and Stoner, this is a very hard track when you're not completely fit. I started to make a few mistakes because I didn't have enough power to stop the bike so after a bit I decided it was better to slow down and keep my third-place. Arriving on the podium was my way to say thank you to my bike, to Yamaha and to all the people who have
Valentino Rossi (#46) earned third overall in the 2010 MotoGP series despite missing multiple rounds due to a broken leg.
worked with me in these seven seasons. It's been a great experience and I have enjoyed it so much."
One of the best battles on the track was between Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Ben Spies, Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso and San Carlo Honda’s Marco Simoncelli. The trio was engaged in a struggle for much of the contest before Spies made his move ahead of the Italians to claim fourth across the line. Less than two seconds behind the American was Dovizioso, with Simoncelli rounding out the top-six more than 20 seconds off the pace of Lorenzo.
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa toughed-out the final race of the season in seventh. Despite struggling in the past few rounds the Spaniard accomplished what he needed to take the runner-up spot in the championship. Coming in just over two seconds behind Pedrosa was Paginas Amarillas Aspar’s Hector Barbera, with Rizla Suzuki
’s Alvaro Bautista taking ninth in the final race. LCR Honda’s Randy de Puniet made it into the top-10 finishers after crossing the line nearly 30 seconds adrift of the leader.
Major disappointment came from American Nicky Hayden, who crashed in the opening laps after running second. Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi also ended his season on a low point by retiring from the race with more than 17 laps left.
2010 MotoGP Valencia Reuslts:
1. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
2. Casey Stoner (Ducati)
3. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)
4. Ben Spies (Yamaha)
5. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda)
Dani Pedrosa finished second in the series despite his injuries.
6. Marco Simoncelli (Honda)
7. Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
8. Hector Barbera (Ducati)
9. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki)
10. Randy de Puniet (Honda)
11. Aleix Espargaro (Ducati)
12. Colin Edwards (Yamaha)
13. Marco Melandri (Honda)
14. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda)
15. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
DNF Loris Capirossi (Suzuki)
DNF Nicky Hayden (Ducati)
2010 MotoGP Championship Points:
1. Jorge Lorenzo, 383
2. Dani Pedrosa, 245
3. Valentino Rossi, 233
4. Casey Stoner, 225
5. Andrea Dovizioso, 206
6. Ben Spies, 176
7. Nicky Hayden, 163
8. Marco Simoncelli, 125
9. Randy de Puniet, 116
10. Marco Melandri, 103
Despite coming ahead of Julian Simon at Valencia, Andrea Iannone missed second in the championship by two points.
In the final Moto2 race of the season Cardion ab Motoracing’s Karel Abraham claimed his first GP win at Valencia. The Czech rider took the checkers by just 0.522 seconds ahead of Fimmco Speed Up’s Andrea Iannone, who narrowly edged ahead of Mapfre Aspar’s Julian Simon by 0.061 seconds.
“I’m so happy with this win because it proves not only to the people but also to me that we can fight for victories and podium finishes,” said Abraham. “During the last few races, since I got my first podium in Japan, we have always been fighting up front, so I’m really happy with these results and especially for this victory.”
The tense battle between Iannone and Simon which lasted over multiple rounds finally came to a close on Sunday. Iannone had the lead at the beginning of the contest, but Simon eagerly made his way through to field to settle right behind in second. The two rivals shared an amazing battle in the last half of the race, and it all came down to the final lap. Despite Iannone outpacing Simon in the final race, Simon maintained a two-point advantage over the Italian by claiming a podium just six-hundredths of a second behind.
“I’m very happy to get second place in the championship” said Simon. “I tried to win here because I won the 125 race here last year and that was a very special feeling in front of all the Spanish fans. Also, it would’ve been great to finish the season with my first Moto2 race, but anyway, to finish on the podium and get second in the championship is good, so I am very happy.”
Both Abraham and 2010 champion, Toni Elias, managed their way into the front two spots near the end and also became involved in a heated match. The duo traded the lead multiple times and on the final lap Elias clipped the rear wheel of Abraham, causing him to crash out and hand the victory over to the Czech rider.
Swiss rider Thomas Luthi finished fourth in the final race, with 17-year-old Scott Redding capping off his season with a top-five finish. Rounding out the top-10 were Alex de Angelis, Simone Corsi, Sergio Gadea, Dominique Aegerter and Gabor Talmacsi.
2010 Moto2 Valencia Reuslts:
1. Karel Abraham (FTR)
2. Andrea Iannone (Speed Up)
3. Julian Simon (Suter)
4. Thomas Luthi (Moriwaki)
2010 Moto2 Champion Toni Elias crashed out in the final race of the season after battling for the lead with Karel Abraham.
5. Scott Redding (Suter)
6. Alex de Angelis (Motobi)
7. Simone Corsi (Motobi)
8. Sergio Gadea (Pons Kalex)
9. Dominique Aegerter (Suter)
10. Gabor Talmacsi (Speed Up)
11. Jules Cluzel (Suter)
12. Kenny Noyes (Promoharris)
13. Alex Debon (FTR)
14. Yonny Hernandez (BQR-Moto2)
15. Xavier Simeon (Moriwaki)
2010 Moto2 Championship Points:
1. Toni Elias, 271
2. Julian Simon, 201
3. Andrea Iannone, 199
4. Thomas Luthi, 156
5. Simone Corsi, 138
6. Gabor Talmacsi, 109
7. Jules Cluzel, 106
8. Scott Redding, 102
9. Stefan Bradl, 97
10. Karel Abraham, 96