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Championship deciders at Valencia in the lightweight class

Championship deciders at Valencia in the lightweight class

Re-live all of the championship battles in the lightweight class that have gone done to the final round of the season at Valencia.

The only scenario that will see Danny Kent miss out on the Moto3™ world title is if Miguel Oliveira wins the race in Valencia and Danny Kent fails to finish in top fourteen. This is the eighth time that the lightweight-class world title has been settled in Valencia since it became the final event on the Grand Prix calendar in 2002, below are some notes of the previous times that it has happened:

2002 – Manuel Poggiali (Gilera) had a chance of taking the title at the Valencia GP; he had an eight-point deficit to Arnaud Vincent (Aprilia). However, Vincent finished second in front of Poggiali at the final race to become the first French rider to win the 125cc world title.

2005 – Mika Kallio (KTM) needed to win the race at Valencia to take the title with Thomas Luthi (Honda) finishing lower than 13th. Although Kallio did as required in winning the race, Honda rider Luthi took the title by cruising home for a ninth place finish.

2007 – Gabor Talmacsi (Aprilia) had a ten-point advantage over teammate Hector Faubel at the start of the Valencia race in 2007. The two riders took the top two places on the grid and Faubel won a fantastic race in which the top five riders crossed the line covered by less than a second; however Talmacsi did enough to take the title by finishing second.

2010 – Nico Terol (Aprilia) had an outside chance of taking the title, arriving at Valencia with a seventeen-point deficit to Marc Marquez (Derbi). Terol finished third, one place in front of Marquez who did enough to take the title.

2011 – This was the last ever 125cc world title and the battle was between Nico Terol (Aprilia) and Johann Zarco (Derbi). Terol came second to take the title, whilst Zarco crashed out on the third lap.

2013 - With just five points covering KTM riders Luis Salom, Alex Rins and Maverick Viñales at the top of the Moto3™ championship table, any of the three riders would win the world title in Valencia with a race victory, irrespective of where their rivals finished. Salom’s championship hope disappeared when he crashed on the 15th lap. The battle between Rins and Viñales went down to the final corner, with Viñales taking the win to clinch the world title.

2014 – Last year the two riders contesting the Moto3™ world title at the final race of the year were Alex Marquez (Honda) and Jack Miller (KTM), with Marquez having an eleven-point advantage. Miller did all he could by winning the race, but Marquez finished third to take the title by just two points.

Tags:
Moto3, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA

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