2014 Valencia MotoGP Race Result: Mastery Of Precarious Conditions

Full recap and results below.

Riding in front of 100,000 adoring fans Marc Marquez has rubber-stamped his dominance of the MotoGP class and taken a record breaking 13th victory of the season following a treacherous final race at Valencia. The Spaniard excelled in tricky conditions as light rain fell during the race on a number of occasions, Marquez took over at the front of the race on lap ten, setting a number of fastest laps in the process. While dark clouds initially hovered over the riders as they sat on the grid, light spots of rain fell over the course of the opening lap as white flags were displayed by circuit marshals.

Valentino Rossi lead the race early on as he and Andrea Iannone both made excellent starts from the front row in the slippery conditions; he eventually crossed the line in second place over three seconds behind Marquez. Rain fell again on lap 20 and gave Rossi a glimmer of hope as he began to close the gap to the World Champion but once the track dried out again Marquez was able to reestablish his advantage. Dani Pedrosa never quite got a handle on the conditions and after a difficult start to the race he had to be satisfied with eventually taking the final podium place a further ten seconds behind Rossi.

Andrea Dovizioso won the factory Ducati battle to take fourth place, edging out his departing team mate Cal Crutchlow by by seven hundredths of a second. Pol Espargaro claimed sibling bragging rights as he crossed the line ahead of his brother Aleix in the battle for sixth while Stefan Bradl, Michele Pirro and Scott Redding rounded out the top ten. Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Iannone were the only riders to enter the pit lane and change onto their spare bikes when the second rain shower fell, it proved to be a costly gamble as the rain disappeared and the track dried out again, Lorenzo was forced to retire with shredded wet weather tires and Iannone finished the race dead last.

Full Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 25 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 46'39.627
2 20 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 3.516
3 16 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 14.040
4 13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 16.705
5 11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati 16.773
6 10 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 37.884
7 9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha 38.168
8 8 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 41.803
9 7 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 45.710
10 6 45 Scott REDDING Honda 51.191
11 5 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 56.512
12 4 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ART 57.000
13 3 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 57.262
14 2 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 57.517
15 1 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 58.775
16   19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 58.864
17   17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda +1'02.389
18   15 Alex DE ANGELIS Forward Yamaha +1'15.795
19   70 Michael LAVERTY PBM +1'26.309
20   23 Broc PARKES PBM +1'37.212
21   63 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia 1 Lap
22   29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1 Lap
Not Classified
    99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 6 Laps
    14 Randy DE PUNIET Suzuki 18 Laps
    68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 21 Laps


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...but I don't remember Rossi leading the race.

A bit sorry for Iannone a very unlucky weekend. Yesterday having the pole snatched so closely and today wrong gamble.

Those weather conditions really keep you under tension and pathos but in the end make it a bit too crazy for my taste. Pedrosa could have battled with Rossi easily in the dry (then still ... he could have lost it).

It is great to see Cal finishing the seaons on a high note and hopefully next year he will do even better. Surely he shouldn't be worse than the start of this season :)

Rossi at parc ferme said that next year they ought to do better .... well being 2nd doesn't leave much room for guessing .....

Season is over, now between here and the next one, some testing and great off-season writing by Mr. Emmett.

..to great 2014 and please bring that 2015 even more interesting than this one. Thanks God that we have testing in the next couple of days :).