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So it's the end of the season once again (somehow!) and it's been another stonking year of racing. But before the #FinalShowdown turned a wheel, it was time for the final Thursday Press Conference of 2017 - and the final Thursday Press Conference for Nick Harris, the voice of MotoGP™.
The season finale was also the final race for Dylan Gray (we thought his first name was 'Down in Pit Lane' too), and even for the Championship's statistician Martin Raines!
Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments. I will miss Pit Lane a lot. All the people involved, as well as the fans, are so amazing, so kind, and the reason it is the incredible spectacle it is! New opportunities call, but I'll be back...just next time watching with a beer!— Dylan Gray (@pl_dylan) 16 November 2017
Anyway, back to the beginning a bit...and it was a gorgeous start.
...um, for most? Aspar were a bit stressed.
But Simon Crafar didn't let that get in the way of his relaxation.
And the mood was pretty relaxed for the protagonists too... "Stare at each other, look serious" were more difficult directions to follow than expected in the photoshoot...
Then we went racing. And this guy took his first win, after being on pole half the year! Congratulations, Mr Martin!
And Oliveira was still on a roll...and the meme of memes returned...
And then it was time for the big show...and what a show. With included magician:
Front angle. *if only we could add emojis here*
It was a truly dramatic final race of the year. And 'DesmoDovi' gave it everything, but it wasn't to be. Marquez wrote a little more history!
And he celebrated in some serious style...
From one record-breaking Champion to another:
It was a deservedly incredible reception for runner up Dovizioso when he headed back to the box, though. And as Cervera applauded the Italian on the Italian bike for his efforts, so do we all - it was an awesome campaign.
Then it was time to welcome in the start of 2018 already - and Scott Redding is one of those making quite a switch for next season - as Jack Miller arrives at Pramac.
There was something he had to do first, though...
And then, the end was near...and so we faced the final curtain. But my oh my what a year, and we're sure 2018 will give us more of the same. Because, we're fairly sure we can say, this is a golden era - or maybe THE golden era. So we'll see you on the flipside...over and out.
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