Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone ahead of the final Grand Prix of the season at Valencia:
Marquez and Pedrosa head home to Spain for final race of 2014
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are headed for the ultimate race of 2014 in front of their home fans. En route to Valencia, both riders paid a visit to the EICMA Milan motorcycle show where they unveiled Honda’s new production version of the RC213V (RC213V-S Prototype) and appeared with all HRC factory riders across multiple disciplines of motorcycle racing.
The MotoGP race at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana is held on a 4km track comprising of five right handed corners, eight left handers and a 650m straight. Although the track is regarded as quite small, the stadium style grandstands can seat up to 150,000 spectators, and many fans are expected to come and greet 2014 World Champion, Marc, and watch Lorenzo and Rossi battle it out for third in the World standings, with Dani a firm favourite at a track where he has an incredible record.
Marc has experienced very dramatic Valencia GP’s in the past two years, after clinching the title here last year – in his maiden season – and in 2012 with his emphatic victory from last place on the grid to 1st in Moto2 however, these remain his only podiums at this track. Dani, who unfortunately crashed out of the Malaysian GP, has now secured fourth in the World Championship and has celebrated nine podiums in Valencia which include six 1st positions – 2012, 2009, 2007 (MotoGP), 2005, 2004 (250cc), 2002 (125cc).
Both riders will be aiming to beat Lorenzo and Rossi to clinch the Team’s Title for Repsol Honda, and thus granting Honda back-to-back Triple Crowns (Rider, Constructor and Team Championships).
2014 MotoGP World Champion
“The past month has been a whirlwind and winning the Championship in Japan seems like a long time ago now! After Malaysia we attended an event with Honda and Alpinestars in Thailand on the way home and then had a few days to relax in Spain and do some training before leaving for Milan to visit the EICMA show. It was a really good event with many people there, I really appreciate all the kind words from everyone I met! Now we head to Valencia for the final race of an incredible season. It’s always nice to race in front of the home fans and this year will be much more relaxed and I will be able to enjoy it without any pressure!”
Championship Standing: 4th - 230 points
“Obviously I’m now out of the race for second or third in the Championship, especially after the events in Malaysia, but I’m looking forward to going to Valencia and finishing the season on a high. This is always a special race for me, the fans are fantastic and they create a wonderful atmosphere. My results here in the past have been strong and this weekend I hope to repeat this and fight for victory on Sunday!”
Ducati Team conclude 2014 season at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit with the Valencian Community GP
Almost eight months and seventeen races since the start of the championship in Qatar, all the protagonists of 2014 MotoGP are gearing up for the final round of the season in Spain, the Valencian Community GP.
The Ricardo Tormo circuit, which is situated at Cheste close to Valencia, is the fourth event this year on Spanish soil, and is a medium-slow and twisty track that runs in a counter-clockwise direction. As is tradition, the Sunday race will be followed by three days of official IRTA tests in preparation for next season, but for the two riders of the 2015 Ducati Team - Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone - participation will be limited to just one day on Monday.
The Ducati Team have scored two wins in MotoGP at Valencia, one with Troy Bayliss in 2006 and the other with Casey Stoner in 2008. Andrea Dovizioso has taken part in the Valencia race six times, his best result being a third place in 2011, while Cal Crutchlow’s best performance in his three races at Valencia was fourth place in 2011.
For Cal, the final event of the season will also be his last time in Ducati Team colours: the British rider in fact will be continuing his career in MotoGP next year with another team.
After his eighth place at Sepang, Dovizioso is fifth overall in the standings with 174 points, while Crutchlow, who celebrated his 29th birthday last week, is fourteenth with 63 points.
The race at Valencia will also see a return to the track for Ducati Team test-rider Michele Pirro, who will step onto his Desmosedici GP14 for the sixth time this season, the fifth time as wild-card.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04)
"I don’t think the Valencia race will be easy for us: the layout of the track is totally different to the others, but in any case we have to continue to give the best feedback to the team, as we have always done throughout the season. We’ve made some big steps forward recently in consistency and pace and I’m sure we can improve in the future. I’ve got some good memories of the 2011 race when I got onto the podium, beating Pedrosa for third overall, but I don’t like the track very much and I’m sure I’m not the only rider who thinks this way.”
Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team #35)
“I’ve been feeling a lot more confident on the bike now since Aragòn, we’ve really found my pace back, so we need to take these positives to Valencia. This will be my last GP with the Ducati Team so a big thanks to them for this season, I’m going to miss them. They worked hard all through the year and I will try my best in the last race to get a good result.”
Michele Pirro (Ducati Test Team #51)
“I haven’t raced since Brno, so it’ll be great to be back in action. Valencia is a track that I like, and I’ve also won a race here. I hope to get a good result and gather all the info we need for the things we are testing on the bike. We’ve still got a few things in the electronics package to fine-tune and we hope to finish off the year in the best possible way".
The Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Valencia
The Valencian Community circuit, which was inaugurated in 1999, hosted its first Grand Prix that same year. The 4 km long track contains fourteen corners and an 876 metre long main straight. Although the circuit is relatively small, the main complex houses 48 pits and the long grandstands that surround the track, stadium-like, can contain over 150,000 spectators. The circuit layout creates a unique atmosphere, giving the public a spectacular view of the entire arena.
Fastest lap: 2013 Pedrosa (Honda), 1’31.628 (157.3 km/h)
Qualifying: 2013 Marquez (Honda), 1’30.237 (159.7 km/h)
Track length: 4.005 km
Race length: 30 laps (120.15 km)
Corners: 14 (9 left, 5 right)
Race start: 2 pm (GMT +1)
Yamaha Sets Up for Season Showdown in Spain
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP returns to Spain to wrap up the 2014 MotoGP season this weekend at the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana.
With just 12 points separating Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo in their battle for second in the championship, the Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo Circuit sets the scene for an intense battle on Sunday. However, the teammates won’t only be battling for their own glory: also the Team’s Title is still up for grabs for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP.
After three successful weekends overseas Valentino Rossi arrives in Spain with the intention to defend his second place in the championship by claiming another podium finish. The very experienced nine-time world champion has taken two premier class wins at Valencia in 2003 and 2004 and claimed multiple other podiums there, with a second place in 2002 and 2009 and third places in 2005, 2008 and 2010.
Having won a phenomenal race at the Valencia track last year, teammate Lorenzo arrives in his home country with confidence. He looks forward to the support of the passionate Spanish crowd as he aims to finish the season with another thrilling battle for victory. So far Lorenzo has claimed two premier class victories at this circuit in 2010 and 2013 and a third place podium position in 2009.
The final showdown at the Ricardo Tormo circuit is always enjoyable for the riders, thanks to its unique atmosphere. Valencia became the traditional closing stage of the MotoGP calendar in 2002 and is known to draw record crowds. Its layout ensures all parts of the circuit can be seen from every stand, so fans won’t miss any of the final racing action. Completed in 1999, the 4.005 m MotoGP track is run anti-clockwise, with five right and eight left hand corners and a 650 meters straight.
46 Valentino Rossi
“It won’t be an easy race! I’m second in the championship and being 12 points ahead is good, but this gap is not sufficient enough to play a passive role this weekend. Jorge is in a good moment. During the second part of the season Jorge was very fast and he wants to win in Spain and try to take the second place from me. We must focus on finishing the season with a victory just like we aim to do at all races! My team and I will do our best, as usual. Valencia isn’t one of my favorite tracks, but that doesn’t bother me. In this season we were strong also in the tracks that aren’t favorable to me. The three races in a row went well, I won another race, and for this reason I think that we can do a good race in Valencia! I am confident!”
99 Jorge Lorenzo
“Finally we face the last race of the championship and it’s always exciting to come back to Spain to close the season. We have already saved third position in the championship after the race in Sepang and I hope to fight for the win again in Valencia. I think this is a better track for our Yamaha M1 than Sepang. I won here last year and hopefully we get to try this again this year. The second position of the championship is still a possibility, but I need to get the victory and wait to see what Valentino’s result will be like. I would like to close the championship in a better way than I started it, especially in front of the big crowd that always visits us in Valencia!”
"We are now at the end of the season and head to Valencia for the final race. Not only will second and third place in the championship be decided between Vale and Jorge, but we’re also in with a shot to claim the Team Title. We want to get the best results possible and start the weekend off strongly. During the races overseas Valentino has proven to be in great shape. Especially his win at Philip Island was a stunning performance that showed the high level of his riding, but both our riders have a great pace. Jorge’s win at Motegi was magnificent and he’s been consistently fast in every session. The team and riders did a great job this season and we are motivated to work hard this weekend to give it one final push. It will be important that we give Valentino and Jorge the possibility to compete at the front from the beginning, so we can close the season in the best way.”
NGM Forward Racing arrives in Spain for Valencia GP season finale
With eight months and seventeen races having passed since the 2014 season-opening round in Qatar, the NGM Forward Racing Team is heading to Spain for the finale event of the year, the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana.
The Valencia Circuit, a stadium-like facility housing a relatively tight track that runs in an anticlockwise direction, will welcome teams, riders and MotoGP fans with its extraordinary season-finale atmosphere.
For the NGM Forward Racing Team, Valencia will be the perfect place to celebrate the Open class title clinched by Aleix Espargaro with one race in advance. The title won in Malaysia 2 weeks ago crowned an exciting season that saw the Spaniard among the protagonist of the MotoGP class with one podium finish and a pole position.
The Valencia GP will be an important appointment for Alex De Angelis, who made a very good race in Malaysia, despite the final result that saw him obliged to retire on the last lap for a technical problem when he was close to the top10.
NGM Forward Racing Moto2 riders too look forward to the season finale. Mattia Pasini will try to repeat the strong performance he had at Sepang and to make a good result. Alongside Mattia, there will be also for the Spanish round, Florian Marino who has been replacing Simone Corsi since Misano Grand Prix. Corsi, who is recovering perfectly, preferred not to take additional risks racing at Valencia, aiming at facing the 2015 challenge with the NGM Forward Racing colours in the best possible shape.
“Valencia is a small track, it’s not fast but it’s technically demanding. It’s not one of my favorite but it’s always nice to race in Spain and the atmosphere is exciting. Valencia will be my last race with the team; I hope to make a good result to thank them for this great season together.”
Alex De Angelis
“I have scored good results at Valencia so I have good memories and it will be great to return on board of the Forward Yamaha. It’s a tight track for the MotoGP machines and you don’t need all the power so I think this could be an advantage for us. It’s my last race of the season so I arrive with more experience on the Forward Yamaha. I look forward to make a good result”.
Hayden and Aoyama return to scene of greatest career moments
DRIVE M7 Aspar riders ready to sign off for the season at the circuit that saw them crowned MotoGP and 250cc World Champions in 2006 and 2009 respectively
Another season of MotoGP racing has gone by and once again the Comunidad Valenciana is ready to host the final round of the year. After three races on the other side of the world the paddock is back in Europe for one final showdown and even though the MotoGP title has already been decided the fourth Spanish round of the season always provides plenty of passion and entertainment. Whilst Marc Márquez gets to parade the title in front of his adoring home fans the chase for a coveted runner-up spot is still on between Yamaha team-mates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, with the Italian leading the Spaniard by twelve points but only too aware that anything can happen in this race, at this track.
Eight years ago Rossi arrived here with an eight-point championship lead over Nicky Hayden but a sensational race saw the American crowned MotoGP World Champion. Now riding for the DRIVE M7 Aspar Team, the 'Kentucky Kid' is unsurprisingly a huge fan of the track and he is looking forward to riding in Spain again this weekend as he continues to recover strength in his wrist. On the other side of the DRIVE M7 Aspar garage Hiroshi Aoyama is determined to maintain his consistent points-scoring form until the end of the season. The Japanese rider has scored in sixteen of the seventeen races so far and after producing his best form so far in the three 'flyaway' races he is determined to sign off with another strong result at Valencia, where he too was crowned World Champion in the now-defunct 250cc class in 2009.
Nicky Hayden: “Valencia is usually a pretty unique race because it's the last pf the year and it's in Spain, in front of a great crowd, usually with a title to be decided. Every rider goes into the last race fired up and determined to finish the season with a strong result and this is a Grand Prix that always gets me excited, especially because I like the track. It is narrow and tight with a lot of time spent in second gear but I still love it. It's also where I became MotoGP World Champion. This season has been tough for us and perhaps we're not in perfect shape for this weekend but as always the objective is to push to the limit and finish the year in a satisfactory way. I am really hungry for a strong result at Valencia. It is quite a technical track and the weather can often throw up a few surprises but I am looking forward to getting to work and putting on a good show for the team, the sponsors and the fans.”
Hiroshi Aoyama: “It is the final race of the 2014 season this weekend at Valencia and I am very much looking forward to, it is a place that holds wonderful memories for me. I won the 250cc title at Valencia in 2009 so it is a special place for me. It is also the team's home track so my intention is to finish the season with the best possible result. It is my last race with the DRIVE M7 Aspar Team so I want to show them my appreciation for this fantastic season. We rode this bike at Valencia last year so we have some work already done in advance and we can start from a clear base in the first session. We have found a reliable set-up in recent weeks so hopefully we can continue to perform at the same high level. Valencia is a short and quite difficult circuit but I quite like it and we should be closer to the factory bikes here. We have had a consistent season and I want to keep it that way at Valencia.”
TEAM GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI SET TO SIGN OFF 2014 CAMPAIGN AT VALENCIA
Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini and the MotoGP circus will re-group at Valencia in Spain this weekend for the eighteenth and final race of 2014, which traditionally takes place at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
Fresh from an unlucky race at Sepang, where he was forced to retire after being hit by another rider after only two laps, Alvaro Bautista will try to finish a difficult season with a good result in front of his home crowd. In the last two years, the Spaniard has always entered in the top five in the season finale: fourth in 2012 and fifth in 2013.
His teammate, Scott Redding, will try instead to defend the first position in the Championship among the riders aboard the Open Class Honda RCV1000R: the English rookie, who has 75 points thanks to 15 points finishes out of 17 races, can count on a 8 points advantage from Hiroshi Aoyama, his closest rival in the championship.
ALVARO BAUTISTA “We head to Valencia after a long and really difficult season: of course we will try to end the year in the best possible way, even if there is not much to say, given the recent results. It seems that this is not our season, definitely! We struggled with a lot of problems and we also suffered bad luck in the last race at Sepang, with a crash on the second lap in which we were involved with no faults. Simply, we have to wait and see what will be the situation after the first free practice, then we will give our best, as always”.
SCOTT REDDING “After the difficult conditions encountered in Malaysia is good to be back in Europe on a track where the weather situation should be definitely easy. Anyway, we expect another tough battle: we will try to confirm once again ourselves as that the best Open Class Honda, which would mean also keeping the first position in the Championship among the riders aboard the RCV1000R machine. This is our goal and it would be nice to end the season achieving it”.
PBM Set To Bid A Fond Farewell To MotoGP At Valencia
After three years in the premier class of global motorcycle racing, the Penrith-based Paul Bird Motorsport team embark on their final MotoGP race when the 2014 MotoGP Wold Championship concludes at Valencia in Spain this weekend.
The 18th and final round will see Ulsterman Michael Laverty and Australian team-mate Broc Parkes attempting to add to their successes this season, which included the British team's best ever results when Laverty finished 12th and Parkes in 14th last time out in Sepang.
It was the second time this season that the riders had brought both the British-built PBM machines home in the points, which also happened in Indianapolis, and added to the team's points scoring rides in Losail, Assen and Phillip Island.
Both former British Supersport Champion Laverty, on the Rapid Solicitors and Silkolene-backed Aprilia ART-powered PBM, and twice runner-up in the World Supersport Championship Parkes, aboard the Rapid Solicitors and Silkolene-backed PBM, are level on points in the championship standings, so both will be looking for a good result to end the team's latest chapter.
Winners of over 150 races in the British Superbike Championship, World Superbike Championship, MotoGP CRT, 125cc, 250cc, Supersport and Superstock British Championships, Isle of Man TT, North West 200, Daytona, Macau GP, and British domestic races. Points scorers in 125cc, 250cc and 500cc and MotoGP, as well as in World Supersport, podium finishers in WSB, Superpole winners in World Superbike, PBM is one of the most successful motorcycle racing teams in history.
Indeed, the statistics regarding their three seasons as the only all-British team in MotoGP certainly stack up favourably with a finishing rate of over 75% of races entered during that time, two of which were with their own chassis built at the team's base in the Lake District.
Team owner Paul Bird will be travelling to Valencia to personally thank his team and to witness their final MotoGP race before jetting off to Macau in time for the Macau Grand Prix the week after.
Paul Bird, Team Owner: "When we started this project, people said we were mad to try to build our own MotoGP bike but I'm proud to say we did it and what's more, it's capable of lapping within a couple of seconds a lap of the likes of Marc Marquez with all his talent and Honda's limitless budget. Over three seasons, our bikes have rarely broken down and to finish 75% of the races we have started is an incredible achievement, and almost half of the DNFs have been crashes. The team has done a wonderful job which has been very difficult at times, led by Phil Borley. The Doc has been with us for 14 years now and was instrumental in achieving our dream so I'd like to pay special tribute to him at this time. Who knows what we might do in future but I'd like to say thanks to Dorna and IRTA for their help over the past three years and it just goes to show what you can do if you really want to achieve something."
Espargaro and Smith ready to fight at the final shootout in Valencia
Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team riders Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith will compete this week in the all important season finale at Valencia as they aim to conclude the year as highest non-factory riders in the final standings.
The Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana will be held at the 4005 metre circuit which features nine left corners and five right turns complete with a straight of 876 metres. The unique layout of the circuit gives fans the opportunity to view every piece of the action from any stand within the complex. With many memorable battles having occurred at the Valencia track in recent years, this weekend promises to be an exciting end to the 2014 MotoGP season for both Monster Yamaha Tech3 riders in front of the ever passionate Spanish crowd.
Pol Espargaro will look to close his rookie year with another fiercely contested result at Valencia after heroically riding through his pain threshold to finish sixth in Malaysia despite having fractured a bone in his left foot. This weekend, the reigning Moto2 world champion will intend to clinch the top satellites honours in order to be successful in his quest for the sixth position in the championship standings. Meanwhile, Britain’s Bradley Smith will aim to continue his impressive run with a fight to land a top six result in Sunday’s 30 lap sprint in order to seal his ambition of finishing sixth in the world championship standings.
Championship : 6th Points : 126
"We will finally return to Europe this weekend where my debut season in the premier class comes to an end. It goes without saying that I aim to finish with a strong performance to underline the progress we made during the last 12 months. Luckily I have had some time to recover and the most significant thing is that I didn’t require any surgery, after the injury I sustained in Sepang. Although I still may not be 100% fit, I am fully determined and confident of riding to a top result in order to clinch 6th in the championship. Furthermore,I also want to thank my team for the great job this year by finishing in a high scoring position. The event at Valencia is always a notable one and the fans are very enthusiastic which gives me even more motivation for this race. The Yamaha will be strong here due to the meandering nature of the track but the competition will be tough as always. After a positive season of learning a huge amount, I am ready to intend once again to finish as the leading satellite bike in my last appearance as a MotoGP rookie."
Championship : 7th Points : 119
"I’m very excited to go to Valencia this weekend for the important last race of the year. My performances over the previous two rounds have been strong and I fully intend to continue this form at the season finale. Yet, I must say that I’m a bit disappointed that we are close to the end as the racing calendar seems to pass by far too quickly, as always! Valencia is a track I enjoy riding at and I have had good success there in previous years in all classes, but particularly in 2010 where I won the 125cc race from third on the grid. I undertook an extremely productive test last season after the final GP, so we already have a strong base setting and a lap time which we must chase. Obviously the conditions do change with every visit, but I feel optimistic for the challenge. Furthermore, I am determined to close 2014 on a high note and win the fight for 6th position in the championship standings."
Hervé Poncharal - Team manager :
"This weekend will surely be another thrilling Grand Prix to close a superb year of racing in 2014. Both riders have done really well this season and have continued to battle relentlessly throughout their campaigns. Now we find ourselves in the exciting position of having both of them challenging for the 6th place in the championship. In addition, we can also clinch 3rd in the team standings. The final round is always an unforgettable one and it is the perfect circuit to close the season, with the fans always giving our sport an amazing reception. Pol is still recovering from his foot injury, but he did a great job in Sepang to finish 6th so we hope he will be able to repeat his resolute performance here and challenge behind the leading bikes, in the top six. As for Bradley, who has done brilliantly in the past couple of races, we expect him to be contesting for the accolade of the leading satellite bike with his teammate. After the event, we will be focusing on next year straight away with a test and we are already truly confident of both riders progressing to further strengths in the following season."
Pramac Racing Team at Valencia for the last race of the season: Iannone and Hernandez are aiming for good results
After seventeen exciting MotoGP races it is time for Valencia meaning the last round of the year. Andrea Iannone wants to end his adventure with the Pramac Racing Team with a great weekend. Yonny Hernandez wants to repeat the result of Sepang to finish the season and lay the foundation for future work.
Andrea Iannone has almost completely recovered from the hip and forearm injuries that he suffered in Australia and Malaysia. The week off was providential for the Italian rider who is well prepared for the Grand Prix of Valencia, which will be his last with the colors of the Pramac Racing Team. Andrea is motivated and wants to forget the two zeros of the last two races. Andrea wants to do good also to thank the team that supported him for his first two years in MotoGP.
Yonny Hernandez is fresh off from his best result in MotoGP, obtained two weeks ago in Malaysia. The Colombian rider is concentrated to defend the fifteenth position in the overall standings and finish his first year in MotoGP, which saw him mature as a rider. Monday Yonny can start thinking of the 2015 season, which will see him part of the Pramac Racing Team as first rider.
Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing)
"I feel better, I recovered well since I got back home from Malaysia. The bruises that I had were very painful, I still feel a bit of pain in my left arm but I believe that for Sunday I will be well and be able to face the race at my best. I didn't train from the last race under suggestion of my physiotherapist that has told me that it was better not to risk to stress the muscles. I want to end this season in the best way possible to face the new season in a positive way.”
Yonny Hernandez (EnergyT.I. Pramac Racing)
“I’m happy that the last race is in Valencia, I raced here many times when I was in the CEV championship, the tracks here in Spain for me are all home races! I want to do good here and try to do better than last race even if it is going to be very difficult. Beeing the last race of the 2015 season it is very important for me to finish the best way possible and maintain the fifteenth position in the world standings. I’m also eager to try the the GP14.2 on Monday!”
BRADL KEEN TO ENJOY HIS LAST RACE ABOARD THE LCR HONDA RC213V IN VALENCIA
Valencia, 6 November: the 18th and ultimate round of the 2014 season will be held in Valencia this weekend and will delight the MotoGP fans with the battle for the runner-up spot between Rossi and Lorenzo (as Marquez already won the Title in Motegi) and the exciting battle for the Moto3 crown between Alex Marquez and Jack Miller. In the mean time the LCR Honda racer Stefan Bradl will contest his last race with Honda and aims to sign off with the best-possible result.
Stefan: “The ultimate round in Valencia this weekend will be a very special GP for me. It’s gonna be my last race with LCR Team and Honda and I am sure it won’t be easy for me and the guys. We worked together for the last 3 years and Lucio has been not only a professional Team manager but a good friend too. In Malaysia we finally obtained a 4th deserved place and it would be great to repeat this performance even in Spain. Actually Valencia is not one of my favorite circuits (if you check the statistics you understand what I mean) but last year we finished 6th so the aim is to end this season with LCR with another good result to celebrate our 3-year cooperation”.
Bridgestone MotoGP™ Preview - Round 18: Valencia
Tuesday, November 4 2014
Bridgestone slick compounds available:
Front: Extra-soft & Soft (Symmetric) & Soft (Asymmetric). Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
The 2014 MotoGP™ season finale takes place at Valencia’s Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana, a tight and technical circuit with an unbalanced layout and a stadium-like atmosphere.
The Valencia circuit is 4005 metres in length and offers tyres little respite over the course of a lap due to the constant corners, so a good bike setup is important to ensure the most efficient use of the tyres. The circuit has an unbalanced layout with nine left corners compared to just five right corners, and this necessitates the use of asymmetric rear slicks with harder rubber on the left shoulder at this venue. Adding to the challenge is the likelihood of cool temperatures, which place further importance on the need of a good bike setup.
Rear tyre options for the Factory Honda and Yamaha riders at Valencia will be the medium and hard compounds, while the Ducati and Open-class riders will be able to use the soft and medium compound rear slicks. Bridgestone will offer three front slick options at Valencia, an extra-soft and soft compound symmetric front slick and also the soft compound asymmetric front slick.
The main wet tyre for the Valencia Grand Prix is the soft compound wet tyre, with each rider also being able to select up to two front and two rear tyres in the alternative, hard compound wet tyre.
Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
“The final race of the 2014 season takes place at Valencia and given the exciting races at this venue in the past few years, expectations are high that we will see another thrilling season finale this year. With Marc wanting to take the record for most premier-class wins in a season, Dani’s peerless record at Valencia and the fight for second place in the championship between Valentino and Jorge still wide open, there is a lot at stake this weekend. As soon as the curtain falls on the 2014 season, our preparations for 2015 will start the very next day as we will be supporting all the teams in the Valencia MotoGP test starting on Monday. The data we acquire at this test is very important as it gives us an indication of the performance characteristics of next year’s MotoGP machinery which will help steer our development for next year’s range of race tyres.”
Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
“Valencia is the traditional season finale, and this circuit features a low-grip surface and a relatively slow layout with a large difference in the number of right and left-hand turns. The frequency of corners at this circuit means the tyres spend a lot of time at high lean angles and have little chance to cool down over the course of a whole lap. As this race is the last of the season, low ambient and track temperatures are usually encountered, suggesting the use of softer compounds, however harder compounds are needed on the left shoulder of the rear tyres because of the temperature generated by the last corner. This weekend marks the second time we are offering an asymmetric front slick option and given the unbalanced layout of the Valencia circuit, I expect this option to perform well this weekend.”