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Moto2™ out for final glory in Valencia

Moto2™ out for final glory in Valencia

It’s been an incredible year in the Moto2™ World Championship and riders aim to end it on a high in Valencia.

Having secured the Moto2™ World Championship in Motegi, Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) now turns his attention to setting a new points record in the intermediate class. With a total of 343 points, a finish of 12th or better at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valencia will see the Frenchman set a new intermediate class record for points amassed in a season. The impressive Frenchman has already equalled the record for number of podiums in a season in the intermediate class with 14, sharing the record with Marc Marquez and Tito Rabat. In both 2013 and 2014 Zarco finished third in Valencia, his past performances suggest he’ll break yet more records in the final race.

An unfortunate crash during the Malaysian GP saw Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP40) miss out on the podium, having been in the battle for third when the fall occurred. Even with his second DNF of the year Rins still holds second in the Moto2™ standings with a solid 214 points, Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) is scheduled to return from injury and only eight points shy of Rins. The battle for second is still very much on, each rider having only taken one podium finish in the Valencia GP before.

Both Tom Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten) and Jonas Folger (AGR Team) remain separated by only two points in their battle for fifth, the duo having both finished on the podium in Sepang. Luthi won the 2014 Valencia GP aboard a Suter, looking to recreate the feat and take Kalex’s first Valencia victory. Valencia stands as the only circuit on the current calendar that Kalex have not claimed a win at in the Moto2™ World Championship.

Fourth in the standings, Sam Lowes (Speed Up Racing) is out for a final podium finish on the Speed Up before swapping to the Gresini team and a Kalex frame next season. Lowes has stood out as the most competitive rider on the Speed Up frame with five podiums, including one win. The Brit finished seventh last year in Valencia.

Alongside Rabat, Dominique Aegerter (Technomag Racing Interwetten) is aiming to make his racing return in Valencia after falling heavily during the Aragon GP. He currently sits 17th in the standings with 62 points and a best finish of third in Mugello this year.

Federico Fuligni (Ciatti) will make his second Moto2™ wildcard appearance in 2015, the Italian having competed in Aragon earlier this year. Lucas Mahias and the Transfiormers chassis make their first appearance of 2015, the combination raced three times in 2014 with a best finish of 18th.


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