Andrea Dovizioso takes the win in a 2 part race with Alex Rins and Pol Espargaro completing the podium in a record-breaking weekend.
Just when you thought 2018 had given everything it has, Valencia gives us 2 incredible races and once again another exciting, record-breaking MotoGP race.
The drama began minutes before the MotoGP lights went out the rain started once again with riders switching to the soft rear tyre, apart from Marquez.
The lights went out and Suzuki’s Alex Rins bolted passed Maverick Vinales and ran away with the lead, further back Valentino Rossi from 16th gained 6 places in the opening 5 corners as he set his sights on securing 3rd in the championship over his teammate.
Vinales was sat in 2nd place allowing Rins to escape, but Vinales was soon passed by Dovizioso and Marquez. Whilst one Yamaha was falling down the order Valentino Rossi was locked in a battle with the two Pramac Ducati’s.
Whilst riders were struggling in the conditions, there was no such problem for Pol Espargaro who rocketed passed Marquez into 4th before then changing positions several times with the 2018 World Champion.
Aleix Espargaro was the first rider to fall before Miller highsided at turn 3. Tom Luthi then joined the Aussie in the gravel followed shortly by Iannone.
Valentino Rossi then made the pass on Maverick Vinales and set his sights on Marquez who was suffering from his Medium rear tyre. Marquez then turned into turn 9 but had no rear grip and was flirted over the top of his RC213V, dislocating his shoulder for the 4th time in 5 weeks.
It didn’t stop there as Petrucci and Iannone both suffered crashes in their last races with there respected teams.
The list of riders falling got bigger as Pol Espargaro crashed out of 3rd but rejoined the race, which was a big decision for Espargaro as it changed the outcome of his race completely. Fellow KTM rider Bradley Smith also crashed out in a huge highside at turn 13 but like his teammate, rejoined allowing him to take part in race 2.
Whilst chasing his teammate, Maverick Vinales joined Smith at turn 13 once again highsiding out of the race.
Back at the front Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi had closed down Rins who made a mistake into turn 11 allowing the Italians through, that same lap Rossi passed Dovizioso into turn 14 running wide and allowing the Ducati passed.
It was then Andrea Dovizioso who raised his hand as the front straight eventually bringing the red flag out.
The 2nd part of the race was scheduled for 14 laps and kicked off with Rins on pole followed by the two Italians alongside.
Rins took the holeshot but Dovizioso responded quickly jumping into the lead whilst Valentino Rossi closed down Rins.
The battle for 4th was on between Pol Espargaro and Dani Pedrosa, the KTM eventually getting the better of the Honda.
Valentino Rossi then passed Rins into turn 4 but later highsided out of 2nd position at the infamous turn 12, the right-hander that had caught so many out throughout the weekend.
That crash promoted Rins to 2nd and Pol Espargaro back on the podium.
Andrea Dovizioso eventually came home to win the final round of the season, Ducati’s first at Valencia since the Australian legend Casey Stoner in 2008, 10 years ago.
Alex Rins came home for his 3rd-second position of 2018 whilst Pol Espargaro makes it a dream weekend for the Austrian Manufacturer, winning Moto3 and Moto2 along with there first ever MotoGP podium.
And that’s it for 2018, we say goodbye to Tech 3 and their collaboration with Yamaha, Bradley Smith, Scott Redding, Alvaro Bautista and of course MotoGP legend, Dani Pedrosa.
We are not done however in 2018, as of Tuesday and Wednesday the MotoGP riders will be back out on track as we start 2019.
For full race results click here
For the final championship standings click here
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