The last grand prix of the 2016 MotoGP® World Championship at Valencia was won by Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Marc Marquez (2nd, Team Repsol Honda) and Andrea Iannone (3rd, Ducati) were the day’s other podium finishers.
After claiming pole position with a new qualifying lap record of 1m29.401s, Jorge Lorenzo went on to dominate the year’s final clash at Valencia, Spain. The Majorcan led from lights-out to the chequered flag (30 laps) on medium- and soft-compound MICHELIN Power Slick tyres front and rear respectively. He rounded off his polished performance by beating the race lap record on two occasions (Lap 2 and Lap 5, 1m31.171s) to emerge five seconds clear at the midpoint. He then controlled from in front to cross the line 1.185s clear of Marquez.
It was Lorenzo’s fourth victory of the season, and his last for Yamaha before his switch to Ducati in 2017.
In his wake, Marc Marquez, Andrea Iannone and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) provided spectators with a thrilling show as they scrapped for podium honours.
The start saw Iannone leap from seventh on the grid to second place as Marquez lost a little ground. It was 11 laps from home that the world champion eventually found a way past to claim second place. A sequence of quick laps allowed him to finish 1.185s short of Lorenzo.
Iannone completed his final outing for Ducati in third place, while Rossi beat Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) to fourth spot.
Pol Espargaró (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) were split by just 0.039s at the flag, with Aleix Espargaró (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Álvaro Bautista (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) rounding out the top 10.
The 2016 world championship is now over, but the teams and riders will spend two more days at Valencia (on Tuesday and Wednesday) for the first pre-season test in readiness for 2017.
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