For Lorenzo it was the last race with Yamaha and he decided to end his relationship with the M1 in the best way possible:
1. pole position
2. lap record
3. first on the podium on Sunday
To be honest it didn’t look very complicated, from Friday he was on another planet; fast, consistent and precise as he can be when all is perfect ( no rain by the way ….).
If it wasn’t for Marquez closing the gap in the last 5 laps of the race, Lorenzo was all alone far ahead.
Meanwhile behind things were less quiet…
Vinales was able to see the beautiful battles between Iannone, VR46 and Marquez from very close proximity but he was never able to be part of them.
Iannone, even if not at 100%, made a fantastic race, personally I think it was his best race of the season; clean but hard fighting, outstanding in the braking zone. Can’t wait so see him on the Suzuki next year.
VR46 as always is there, you can always count on him for a high quality show. The fight with Iannone and Marquez was very good, especially with the first one for the all race they made numerous thrilling overtakes.
Marquez unfortunately didn’t start too well and he wasn’t able to fight with Jorge but with Iannone he made some amazing overtakes and at 6 laps to the end he managed to produce an amazing effort to try to catch Lorenzo.
He wan’t able to but he was impressive.
The first 4 positions perfectly represent the riders speed level today at Valencia.
It was a beautiful race and the perfect ending to a great season.
The season is unfortunately over.
We were able to see the KTM in action a beautiful bike but definitely too sour, I’m confident they will improve massively for the beginning of the 2017 season.
On Tuesday new riders are coming in from Moto2, old riders are changing teams, a new bike is entering the paddock and are all on the circuit getting to work already for 2017.
2016 was a very good year for the MotoGP and I have the feeling that 2017 is going to be better, Tuesday we will have the first taste of what is coming!