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Valencia: The calm after the storm

Valencia: The calm after the storm

Heading to Valencia for the last round of 2013, Moto2™ is the only category in which the title has already been decided, in favour of Pol Espargaro. However, plenty of rivals will be looking for a confidence-boosting victory at the end of another tiring campaign.

With just the sole round still to run, Espargaro (Tuenti HP 40) heads the luckless Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team) by the unassailable margin of 41 points, with a maximum of 25 still on offer. Until Australia, where the Englishman fractured a wrist and was left on the sidelines, the Spaniard had not topped the riders’ standings since his win in Qatar at the start of the year.

Compounding a dreadful end to the triple-header, Redding was taken out of the Japanese Grand Prix in a crash triggered by third title contender and Espargaro’s teammate, Tito Rabat. Both men will now be looking to put one over the Champion in Valencia, with Espargaro and Redding then heading to MotoGP™ for 2014 while Rabat remains in Moto2™ with Marc VDS.

There will be plenty more to fight for at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, as well. Fourth, eighth and tenth in the championship, Mika Kallio (Marc VDS), and Aspar Team Moto2 pairing Nico Terol and Jordi Torres will all be searching for one more win before the end of the season, whereas no less than four of the riders in the overall top ten are still on the lookout for a victory before moving into the off-season. In terms of Constructors’ honours, that is all sewn up too, with Kalex holding a comfortable 109-point buffer over Suter as Speed Up completes the top three.

Last year’s Moto2™ race in Valencia was won by World Champion Marc Marquez, who is now targeting the MotoGP™ crown – surely the ideal motivator as those in the intermediate class aim for such glory in the future.


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