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This weekend’s Moto3™ title showdown between Alex Marquez and Jack Miller at the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana will be the seventh time that the lightweight class World Championship has been settled in Valencia since it became the final event on the Grand Prix calendar in 2002.
Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider Marquez and Red Bull KTM Ajo representative Miller will keep the fans on their toes on Sunday and below are some notes of the previous times that the lightweight class title has been decided at Valencia.
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 10 point advantage over team-mate 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 17 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 any of the three riders could have won the World title in Valencia with a race victory, irrespective of where their rivals finished. Salom’s hopes 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.
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