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A very warm welcome to Valencia for the final round of the MotoGP
season, that will always be remembered for the passing of Marco
Simoncelli at the Malaysian Grand Prix two weeks ago. It has been an
incredibly tough fortnight for the teams and everybody in the MotoGP
paddock, who have come to Valencia to race. The best tribute to a man
will be fondly remembered as one of the sport's brightest talents and
one of its biggest characters. always knew he was colourful.
hair and the way he walked. He was very funny. Marco Simoncelli was a
great man. Really genuine, he was a Most of the riders, we were a
little bit worried always when he was around because we knew that he
would attack and we always wanted to protect our position. He was a
really big rubber, from when we started to race, until I was eight
years old, many years, I made my career with him. -- big character.
When he decides to overtake you, in any case, he will overtake. This
was a problem because if I brake late, and he cannot stop, we can
crash. The he had a lot of good years ahead of him. Everybody saw
that, he had a lot of talent. Over- zealous at times but it just showed
his character. Here's one that will be missed. We rode a lot in the to
50. Fighting for the World Championship. -- 250. Sometimes he
was a little bit over the limit on the track. Most times you ride with
your heart rather than your head. For this reason, sometimes you have
problems with the other riders. Basically because you never want to
fight with Simoncelli because he was very difficult and he was very
big. I feel sorry because of what happened to him because we are
close as riders, and maybe we could manage that situation. Marco
Simoncelli was really hard to beat, you know? For me, he was a real man.
I was in Italy for and I did not know so much about Italian, I do
not speak Italian, so he looked after me and he was very kind.
was a really good friend to me. I did not expect this situation. It
was really hard. I went to the family on Tuesday, I went to his
house. I never thought I would be in the House of Marco Simoncelli,
to give this report. For I do not know how much support I could give
to his family but that family is really strong. I am quite
privileged to have been on the podium twice this year. He will be
missed quite a lot -- a lot. It is most important never to forget. It
is better for him to remain in my Wonderful tributes from the men who
knew him best as a rider and arrival and I am joined by a man
who knew him very well as a person, Kevin Schwantz, the 1993 legend.
What are your memories? Everything he did, he did as fast and as hard
as he could. Whether it was riding motocross or racing go-karts or
driving around in his BMW. Living life. To the very top. Having as
much fun as he possibly could. He raced every lap like it was the
last. Nothing but great memories. He had the great honour this
morning of taking his bike on the parade lap joined by the other
riders and many from the other groups as well. It was a fitting
tribute. To see all the excitement from the fans as he went around the
cross and it was neat to hear all the other motorcycles behind us
making that noise. It was what he liked, he liked to make noise. It
was a fitting tribute. He was here to the younger guys on the grid.
Absolutely. One of the real characters of the sport, one of the
guys who had an absolutely brilliant future. It is a shame.
But I think everybody has fond memories. Absolutely. We could not
have thought of a better person to be on his bike. Following that up,
there was exactly what his father had requested from the paddock.
There was a noisy tribute to his son. Listen to this... De ENGINES
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Actually fitting way to remember a man who thrived on spectacle.
was always plenty of colour and movement with them but he was so
attractive because he was cool, he was a real do it. He did not care.
You can tell from this tributes, he might have ruffled a few feathers
but there is a lot of respect for him, not just as a rider but a
person. Wonderful tributes. Let's not forget what a controversial
character he was. Dani Pedrosa and Lorenzo what a 10 band a few months
ago. It is nice to remember his clever bits. We remember him
everywhere we look. Stephen, it has been emotional? It has been a
terrible few weeks with Dan Wheldon as well. But with Marco Simoncelli,
it was like we lost a member of the family. It has been very fitting,
what has gone on. The fireworks were spectacular. And you feel very
sorry for his family and friends. But we will move on. Loris
Capirossi running the number 58 this week. His final every grand
prix appearance. You saw all the riders signing that, and be well
auction that for Children in Need. But we're here to be the ultimate
should it, which has to do what he loved, to race. And we do that
unfortunately without Marco Simoncelli but also Jorge Lorenzo.
For I must remember, he isn't racing and had the championship
been open, he would have been. He wants to get fit and well and
they're still not sure if he will test this. His second place was
locked up in the championship, he might as well again and see if you
can test on the second day. Colin Edwards was involved in a crash
with Marco Simoncelli. Still at home with a dislocated shoulder. He
is replaced by Josh. A it has been raining for most of the weekend
that he has not done badly. might not have a bad run. He was
fastest in the warm-up. He has hardly ridden the track in the
drive. But he is doing a good job. It has been mixed weather and the
rain is coming down at the moment. But of course, the man who has
dealt best with mixed conditions that better than everybody else is
the man who won the World Championship. It has been a
difficult season. One to remember for the wrong reasons but on the
track, he could not have gone much better? Right from the start? We
started off on a really good fitting and went from strength to
strength. We knew that you are going to be in with a very good
chance of winning the championship from the start. Putting a good
season together is the hardest thing. We can look at some of the
hardest bit. Under the lights in Qatar. Fighting with Dani Pedrosa.
It doesn't matter what any manufacturer does, you have to go
out and beat the other riders. This was the best thing that could have
happened, starting off so well. Things and sour after a couple of
races? For the rest to end like that, it was disappointing. It made
a few headlines. You have some problems with your shoulder? Yes, I
got some abyss for that. Moving on, this was a big moment in the
very good job for me. Jorge Lorenzo had such a good season last year.
Fierce competitor on the track? Definitely, the good thing is he
has been through the hard knocks, he can appreciate every moment he
gets up there. He wants to win as much as everybody else. He is
definitely a very strong competitor, very consistent. I have a very good
relationship with them so that everybody at the top has a lot of
respect for each other. Jorge Lorenzo is the person I have most
respect for. I would say your career would be made on this
because there were times when the bike has not been perfect across
the weekend but you seem to pull something out on a Sunday morning
and that was what happened at Laguna? Yes, all weekend we had
only been a couple of tenths off Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo but
that is too much on the short track and we were not comfortable. I
still had more to push. But it was not going to be pretty, having to
push that many laps that hard. You're pushing that one! My team is
always there for me, they keep working until the last moment.
After that, it is my job to go and do the best I can. That was a great
weekend for us. That shot says it all! Christian grabbed his hand and
pitted on to his heart. It was trying to pop out of his chest!
They're my boys and we are like family. All building up to this
incredible homecoming. And an amazing weekend for you all round?
Everything built up to the season and Anne Forde Shibby Jorge Lorenzo
had the crash and damaged and self. That really opened things up for us,
I was not expecting to be even close to winning the championship
at that race. But to go out and know that we had the championship
in the bag was great. But I wanted to win that race. I was not going
out just to win the championship, I wanted to win that race and if I
did not, the championship was still there. To get everything like that
in one day on my birthday, five in a row and everything, that was
something special. Not too many their feet! We have had some
moments over the years, how did this compare? This was fantastic.
In 2007, he took a while to sink in, we had become world champions
before and we did not get the credit that we deserve for that
championship, but we know that we went out and won races and deserved
the championship and it felt great from the beginning. When you have
experience with a world championship, the second one sinks
in quicker and Juno what has happened, so that was a fantastic
feeling that date. It has been a pleasure to talk to you. Thank you.
We spoke about this in Malaysia, Casey Stoner, a deserving world
champion. Yes, it was Valentino Rossi, he was the best rider on the
best bike, the combination of Honda and Casey Stoner, unbeatable this
year. The records will show Casey Stoner was the most successful guy
in the 800 cc time, and he won most of his races on Ducati. A perfect
time for Casey Stoner, but for Cal Crutchlow, it has been up and down.
Cal Crutchlow is through! Putting a new van Dani Pedrosa at! He does
not look comfortable. -- putting a move on a Dani Pedrosa at! Cal
Crutchlow! Won for the album! has been a tough year, no doubt
about it, it was enjoyable, we have learnt a lot, now coming to the
last race of 2011, hopefully we can go into next season and get some
consistency and more speed. Hopefully we will continue to learn
to ride these MotoGP bikes, because it has not been easy. No, but what
has been the high point and the low point of this season? A high points
were that we showed good speed at the start of the year. We qualified
in the top six in a few places. The low point, probably breaking a
collarbone and not racing in the home Grand Prix. Is it fair to say
about your confidence was rattled after that? No, I really don't
think so, because I came back and I nearly qualified on the front row
and it was dry. There was nothing I could have done better that weekend.
We had an issue with the front tyre, and I was running fourth, so from
my point of view, that was one of my strongest weekends. After that's,
we had a problem in the race when I pulled in because I felt like there
is going to crash. After that, racing was tough, because we went a
lot of circuits that I didn't know and it looks like my confidence had
gone backwards, but really, I stayed the same, and that is one I
felt that the gap from the factory guys to the privateers got bigger,
because there was the test and then everything got different be on that.
Next year, Eddie think things will go? It is good to have a new person
coming over from Hyundai. Yamaha will not change the bike. For him,
it will be the same bike, but the experience of knowing what the
Honda does and what Yamaha does, that will be crucial. We have not
had that transition of somebody coming from a competitor. I am
looking forward to him coming across. What about Bradley? His
contract for 2013, does that put pressure on you for what you do
next year? Definitely. It is difficult for me, because I have
got to essentially, to be at the fast end of it. If there are six
Brits in the 125, what you think of them? What we used even them in the
future? It is tough. We have got some great guys, they are talented,
it is nice they are in the 125, but his is a different kettle of fish
in the Grand Prix. Thank you for talking to us and good luck this
weekend. It would be an interesting and
important year for Cal Crutchlow. The rest of the grid for 2012,
looking a bit sketchy at the moment. Still some seeds left and a few
riders left to fill them. I want to show you Alvaro Bautista, he was
talking to the tax-free before or the seat was taken. He would prefer
to stay at Suzuki and they would prefer rare him to stay there as
well. If they have a second bike, that could be filled by John
Hopkins or Randy de Puniet. They have been talking to Elsie or as
well. There is also the issue of Marco Simoncelli's bike needed to
be filled. They would like to have Alvaro Bautista. But the sponsors
would like an Italian bike, and that is where we might see one of
the Italians. He was previously links to another rider having
tested with them earlier this year. The seat has now gone to Hector
Barbera. They will only run one by tomorrow. That bike will be Hector
Barbera. That will be announced after the race today. Testing is
starting on Tuesday, so there isn't a lot of time for the rest of the
signatures to be put down. We will expect a few announcements today
and tomorrow before the testing starts. We know that's Hiroshi
Aoyama will not be on the grid next year, he is moving to the World
Superbikes. He will appear next year. Let's look at the rest of the
grid. Hiroshi Aoyama is far back, but at the front, Casey Stoner
starting from pole position for the first time this season equalling
us now. It is an emotional weekend for everyone at this weekend. Not
the ideal circumstances for a final appearance in MotoGP, but very
important that you do your best. Yes, last time we lost Marco, we
decided to race to show our respect for market. This is my last race in
MotoGP so I want to do my best. I want to finish in a good way.
looks like the rain might be coming, do you prefer a wet race? I want to
enjoy my last race, but I will try my best and I will try to enjoy my
last MotoGP experience. The good luck here and good luck next year
as well. Thank you. And now, Loris Capriossi, we will try and get a
quick word from him. This is his spare helmet. His many factors are
Dan a lovely tribute to him. He was eight to 50 world champion, A 125
world champion. -- he was a 250 world champion. And riding for
Ducati this year, it was not a great cheer for Loris Capriossi. He
is in demand. Everybody wants to talk to Loris Capriossi today,
including the, so women remove through and be a little bit rude. -
- including the, so we will move in three. A very emotional day, how
will you feeling on your final Grand Prix experience? Not an easy
weekend. We want to have a great day for Marco and have a great race
today. At great career and have a great Dated E. -- had a great day
today. This is a Randy de Puniet's best qualifying, he is fourth here
today, you had been fast in all conditions, given the conditions
today, I guess it gives you confidence for the race? Yes, I am
confident. It will be difficult because the track is not completely
dry. I would do my best. We will see what happens in the race. You
take a good start and that is it, you will have to see. But hopefully
I did do a good race. Thank you. Let's have a word with Ben Spies.
He has got a good record here at Valencia. He came here as a wild
card in 2009. He finished in seventh place. Last year he
finished fourth. He has that is how much on so why do not think he will
talk to us. I was hoping to get the words.... Get a word. A Ben Spies,
battered and bruised after the qualifying round. Just waiting to
have a chat with Gerry Burgess. I do not want to interrupt him. 11
world titles. Let's have a look at Valentino Rossi making his last
preparations. There is 0.4 seconds between Valentino and Ben Spies.
The victory fight looks to be between Dani Pedrosa and Casey
Stoner. The fight for the podium is wide open. When going to go and try
and catch Jerry. Others just saying, the gap to third place with them on
the grid is 0.4 seconds, perhaps a protean talents today? You would
like to think so. It would be nice. Casey Stoner being one seconds
quicker than second place, we know how strong the Honda is. We have
got to get ready for next year. glad to see the back of the 800?
provided the other is better! Testing is on Tuesday. Anything you
for that? Not a lot, Valentino has ridden that. It is far more
interesting than what we will use Iran Tuesday and Wednesday. Thank
you for Torquay to us, good luck. Just to have a look at the front
row, Ben Spies looking for his first podium since Indianapolis
this year. Dani Pedrosa a winner here in 2007 and 2009, and Casey
Stoner, 12 polls for him. The world record set by Mick Doohan. Casey
Stoner has so far has the 15th, that is why he is world champion
and the favourite to win this race today. He would have to say so. He
will need to keep it clean. It is reasonable to think that Dani
Pedrosa will meet him in the first corner, but he is very sharp of the
take-off. Casey Stoner did its lap after lap. I cannot think of any
worse conditions. It is not a wet enough because they will need slick
tyres. It is going to be so awkward seeing how much he'd you have got
in the tyres. They will get colder rather than hotter. You cannot get
a lot of a load on them. The motor to raise was a crash test in
similar conditions. -- the molto two race. I imagine Casey Stoner is
pleased that he is that this championship wrapped up. -- he has
we had no downpour her, we did in the City last night. There was this
drizzle all day long. Psychological rain. Yes, when you're travelling
that fast, it seems like a lot of rain, that drizzle on your adviser.
-- visor. It would be about keeping some heat in the tyres, keeping
away from the kerbs because they are very slippery, the wide curves.
It would be extremely awkward at there. Nobody will want to lead any
silly because you were the first one to find the bad weather
conditions. Ben Spies does not particularly like these conditions.
Just Hayes filling in for a Colin Edwards might enjoy this. This is
the sort of condition that favours the brave but it can also catch you
out. It will keep this interesting for all of us. Loris Capriossi,
looking for the next Apax, what can you say about him? The matter of
races he has done, 29 wins over 22 years. The only good thing about
this race is simply, you're about to see their concentration and
there are raised through the clear helmets. Staring at the track, dry
grubby bits that they can possibly catches many a good ride right. And
the point scores. Done and dusted, but it's all to play for between
both boys from Honda. Dovizioso and Pedrosa. Four points in it. It is
whoever is in front of it. That will sort it out. They have wet
bikes in the pit lane, it rains and a harder, they can change. Ready to
start... And that was a great start from Stoner. Pretty good for
Pedrosa as well. And right at the front, I do believe Ben Spies made
a reasonable start. Oh, no! He has taken down Rossi! That has taken
down a Nicky Hayden! It looked like it started with the blue Suzuki.
They are all out. Will they stop this? 30 laps to go. That wiped out
for riders. What a bad start their having in this conditions, they're
all full. They have carbon brakes on, it would have been a difficult
situation into that corner. Suzuki down and out. Valentino Rossi up
and walking. Nicky Hayden, Down and Out. And Randy de Puniet, the 4th
one. You said in the car this morning, it is just horrible. When
did we last see something like that in turn number one in MotoGP? It
was just horrendous. Casey Stoner is at the front. Making hay while
the sun shines. The battle between Crutchlow Andy Abraham, the rookie
of the year. They will not let sight of each other go. Forget this,
I have done 328 of the starts, I will not fall off now. Number 27,
you can see the slick tyres. Putting down 215 brake horse power.
The yellow flag is being shown. No passing can take place going into
this corner. You have to hold station or otherwise you get the
penalty. He has just overtaken. let's look at this. Give me the
terminal speed? Still 150? And all the way up into 4th gear. Just as
you see the front end of those bikes dipping. It was Alvaro
Bautista. He literally took out Randy de Puniet and all three of
them. It was that skittle effect. Alvaro Bautista. You can see the
front tyre locking up. As he tries to take it in, not enough heat on
the tyres and a just wiped everyone out. Fortunately, everyone is OK
but what a nasty way to end the season. That Marco Simoncelli
helmet is looking on in disgust. That has really shot the fox. Casey
Stoner, disappearing into the distance. And some ugly gaps, there
is a great big void behind Honda. Pedrosa, then Ben Spies. The next
slab of the field is missing. Riding at Ben Spies. You can see
the bikes scrambling for group at the top of turn 13. They have to be
so careful going in. Anti-clockwise circuit, the right hand is whether
tyre tends to be cooler. Dovizioso, straight back past Ben Spies. His
target is in his sight. He needs to beat number 28. Dani Pedrosa that
needs to keep in front of him. Pedrosa! Straight through! That was
gutsy stuff. Can you hold it? He has. Dovizioso in second place. Ben
Spies having a look on the outside. You can see Rhian on the camera.
Who would chance their arm? This left hander. This is very
treacherous. That was a big move from Ben Spies. Not enjoying the
conditions. That was another tricky part of the circuit. Flecking left
and right. The airbag will have gone off. He is asking what
happened and the engineers are telling him. Bautista it took the
whole lot of them out. I do not know if there was any contact but
just having Dovizioso there as well somehow cramped is braking little.
This is the net result. This three- way scrap. Pedrosa isn't done. He
is boxing clever at the moment. Staying in Touch to see what
happens. 30 laps is the journey and we have only had two of them.
one of the longest races. 75 miles long. Dani Pedrosa will make sure
that he is finding out whether group is. Oh! Way too hot. Will
Pedrosa make a move? Up into the left hand. Plenty of slithering and
sliding. Ben Spies thinks, man, I have to do that again! It was very
easy to get onto the white line, he crashed in the first practice there
at the weekend. He looks over his shoulder. Crutchlow, having a look.
Followed by the man chasing for the championship. Carol Abraham. This
is a real scrap, Abraham. Crutchlow. These boys are going to play for
keeps. That is really what they're chasing four. Crutchlow. 13th place.
That was a little bit hot from Dovizioso. He just lost the front
end. Well, his body language says, we touched. It did not look like it
to me. We will get another look. Nobody wants to do that. It is just
getting into the corner and everybody goes for the same spot,
particularly in these conditions. The Kers have to be avoided. What
is the try-line? It is dry because there are hot tyres coving over the
same patch. -- going over. This is the third race of the day. Plenty
of marbles and rolled up bits of black rubber. Riding as fast as you
like. The third gear, corner... Quickly up to third place. Then as
the first to the right, always tricky. Be careful that the right-
hand side. Asymmetric tyres, they're softer on the right-hand
side. But you're never too sure how much rain has come down. I think
Nicky Hayden has put his hand up. He reckons that he touched him.
have a look. It looked like Dovizioso, right there... Valentino
Rossi. You are right. It was the rear of Dovizioso. They were trying
to tap into the corner. The front tyre just clipped the back of the
Honda. And that was the end of it. That was all it needed. From on
board it did not look like it. He cannot believe what is going on.
All the airbags have gone off. They have done the job and poor old
Nicky Hayden. The case for he won his World Championship. It has gone
horribly wrong. Yes. It certainly has. Here is a poignant thought.
Marco Simoncelli, records which are that he finished in front of Rossi
and Hayden. Otherwise, he would have gone past him. Back at the
front, the kids at play. Pedrosa has got you. He is too hot. Another
left-hander. This is the right hander that Dovizioso will remember
very well from yesterday. If I work this out correctly, 20 points for a
second, which is what we are looking at, Dovizioso being fair,
there are four points in it. And there would end on the same points.
Our I always get scared when you do mathematics but I think you are
absolutely right. Dovizioso. It will then go back to race wins.
and you know who that is, Dani Pedrosa. It is tight as you like.
Plenty of honour at stake. Dovizioso has dropped. Three Repsol
Honda bikes and Honda think there is one too many anti- unfortunately
is surplus to requirements so he is off to Yamaha. And he will end on a
high note, coming second in this race. Casey Stoner is a man in
front, he has put in the fastest lap. He has the hardest job because
he is the one fighting the conditions. But it has stopped
raining. We were check the lap times. Dovizioso. He could not
accelerate as hard. Dovizioso comes right back and Dani Pedrosa stays
on the white line. The lap times, down to 1.34. It was down to 1.31.
32 is quite feasible during the race. That is enough drizzle. But I
reckon it has stopped out there. It has completely stopped in the pits.
When you are in these conditions, every lap is a voyage of discovery.
As we ride with Dovizioso. Trying to find a way past. But it is going
to be an issue. He has understandably gone for super soft
tyres. Try to make these things group in these arduous conditions.
You could arguably say we already have six of collapse underway and
that Tak -- track temperature is higher. Cal Crutchlow, still doing
a great job. In front of the Abraham. His duties to that end
with the stress, he is testing during the week. -- this race.
That'll do nicely, thank you, says Dovizioso. No one is faster down
the straight and Pedrosa, he will not be held in the air. I would
keep going when the race has finished. There are four blokes sat
in the garage you will probably come after him! That was a brave
move, down into 14. Nice to squeeze down the inside. You never know if
you're going to do it until it is all done. It is all very exciting
until the end. Stonor, at Dovizioso. Ben Spies hanging in there. Very
much in touch with the guys and second and third. Karl Abraham, Cal
Crutchlow. That is nice to say. Abraham, on Ducati. And this is all
about the rookie of the year. Very important. This could be Cal
Crutchlow's best result of the year. Although arguably we lost a few
riders inter number one. He is running six. I do not think he has
given up on Abraham at the moment. Abraham is of course the world
champion in Supersport. I record your pretty impressed as he watched
Abraham starting the year because we did not think it would amount to
much and he has surprised. I recall you were pretty impressed. He has
done a good job with the MotoGP bike. Can you stay a fat white lie?
It freaks me out every time he does that. -- off that white line.
managing 190 mph. Riding with Ben Spies. Let's watch this. I love
hearing that, one exhaust through the Speaker of the following bike.
Capirossi in 7th. Mixed conditions. Ben Spies, who I did not think
would be relishing these conditions, has got it all together. He is
trying all the time. Pretty stable at the moment. Similar times, 34,
35. It is all about just working out were the group is and where it
isn't. Once you have worked that out, talking about what you're
saying, the track changes, and they run on Dunlop tyres. Some of these
guys will go out on race day and it could be completely different to
how it was in qualifying. Here is Loris Capirossi. I am not falling
off, I am just saying thanks! has entertained us over the past
Casey Stoner, Andrea Dovizioso, Dani Pedrosa. Nicky Hayes and was
first and victim, he will struggle to beat his normal self-. -- Nicky
Hayden. A disappointing way to win the race, make the, what happens?
Andrea Dovizioso came over on them. It is bad to embassies are like
that. Everyone wants to have fun. Those conditions at the difficult.
Heat is being generated in the tyres. It is easy to say now, but
we like to put up a decent fight today and anything can happen. The
first corner, a wet track, it happens. Pretty frustrating at the
same crime. -- same time. It is a let down, not just for me, I took
four guys out of the race. A tough season, he did not end and a
battered. You can see the concentration in their eyes. Quite
extraordinary. The difficulty with slick tyres, look at Ben Spies
breaking! He made up so much ground. Getting back to Nicky Hayden, you
have got to say, we thought Ducati would not have a good show here.
Tricky conditions. I think what is happening, he went on to break too
late. Then there were there difficult temperatures. Carbon
discs need he'd been numb. -- need heat in them. In these conditions,
there is shrouds over the front discs de Keepin the heat. -- to
keep in the heat. And as the flat is unfolding, what his Alvaro
Bautista saying. We have only heard it with sign language so far.
Alvaro, not the way you want to end, what happened? Not the way to end
this season. The first corner, we are ride with too many riders
together. Bat we arrived. Andrea Dovizioso move to the estimate and
touched of May. I could not do anything to save the crash. I hit
the other three riders, that was the bad thing. Bigger thing is,
nobody is injured. These things happen in a race. For sure, that is
not the way you want to finish. After a good qualifying yesterday,
all of the work we did during the year with Suzuki. Next time.
luck. Thank you.. He would like to look at that again. Maybe he moved
a fraction. I think he was getting in habits too hot. -- a bit too hot.
I think Alvaro Bautista is going to break a bit earlier than Andrea
Dovizioso was going to. Their wheels hit and down they went. An
awkward situation. Nobody knows where to stop because you do not
practise from the start lines, they are not allowed to. Cal Crutchlow
is back in front of Karel Abraham, so that is all going on. And there
is this battle for second. They're having a great battle. Andrea
Dovizioso coming down the inside. Ben Spies still in the background
on the hammer at thinking about what happened before. Look at the
focus. They are not looking at the track, they are looking at the next
corner. It is still going on. Ben Spies, a grandstand view! That cost
Andrea Dovizioso a few metres of track. He was trying to defend. Ben
Spies is about to pounce again. This is like square dancing on
Hondas. Squaring the temperature, they will want to have continuity
and consistency in their braking. There is a shovel going on with the
Ducati and Karel Abraham and the Yamaha of Cal Crutchlow. 12 laps
last year between Marco Simoncelli and you're the Lorenzo. Some damp
conditions. Looking like the breaking has been sorted out here
this time. Need to get some heat into the brakes before you need it.
You're trying to focus on lots of things. It is so difficult with a
motorcycle because you have the suspension travel which is really
of fierce here. -- obvious here. Much harder to do on a motorcycle.
They have different sized front desks, so with conditions like this,
if you go with the smaller the disc, and if it tries, then you have got
wife will give birth to his first child in February. Backed down the
almost had that tight enough. There is great trust between these two.
And hate! Yes, but they will not take each other out! They are
competent, saved riders. -- safe. He wants to go out on a high and
beats Dani Pedrosa. He had a sad year and is cholera bone injury
that took him out for so long. -- his collarbone injury. Dani Pedrosa
will be the faster of the two. looks after the tyres will be a big
part of this. It is a pretty big workout. This is the battle of the
Philippines. Abbate pass by Andrea he was just coming here to test a
bygone Tuesday, that was his present. He was asked to earlier to
take out a Grand Prix bride on Friday. -- bike on Friday. The rain
is keeping down the lap times. They are up and down. The rain has been
coming down like this. So awkward the second year. We are half race
distance as Andrea Dovizioso has a couple of three bike length
advantages here. Every town we see rain on the clamour, it is Dani
Pedrosa said that is more cautious and prudent and backs of the bed. -
- whenever we see rain on the fragile and does not want to end up
with any injury over the winter. He knows he has missed a few races
through this season because of his collarbone injury. Andreea divvied
Co so is the hungrier of the two. - one that is encountering the
weather for the first time. -- the guy out in front. Ben Spies needs a
good result. The Amarah have had an atrocious centre this season. --
Yamaha have had an atrocious end to the season. This season, if you
look back, we had some inspired riding and some inspired races, but
in many ways, it has boiled by their lack of Dani Pedrosa that. --
it was spoiled. The disappearance of Lorenzo for the last few races.
Valentino Rossi, not expecting to be beaten. All the usual runners
and riders had been missing, it has not been the championship we have
usually been used to, but next year will be Wide Open. I am looking
forward to the new rules. You can see the lap times because of the
spots of rain. This battle is still going on for rookie of the year and
Loris Capriossi... He seems to be closing them down. The new 1,000
rule, the new rules with the new team bikes coming end, more
interesting British skies, with the British motor sport coming in,
these conditions, there is nothing to say that a new bike will not be
as good as an addendum at Honda, Yamaha or de Cassie for that matter.
-- or Ducati. These MotoGP bikes will atop the top riders. --
attract the top riders. For bikes will be faster. Top speed will be
faster, the lap speed will be faster. They will hold 21 litres
but will move from 800 cc to 1,000 cc. The rev thing will be slower.
The new configuration. It will be harder on the tyres and everything
else. Loris Capriossi, back in seventh position. If we finish as
we are, it will be Andrea Dovizioso it will be with two laps to go, I
suspect. But he has to be careful because there is the am I has
snapping at his heels. And rain falling again on that camera.
Spies, who has been around this pallid... He makes the move! He
gives him racing and and yes, he was a gent. He could not quite make
it stick. Ben Spies sits in 5th place in the championship. Too many
not finish as for him. He was more striking last time. Down in 6th
place. Absolutely right, give him too much room and did not like to
squeeze Dani Pedrosa. He went on to that paid a little bit so what does
prove there is a reasonable amount of group out there. You don't let
Dani Pedrosa off lightly! Straightaway, Dovizioso tries to
cut back. Down the straight, side by side, Dovizioso had the better
line because he was able to get there faster exit. This is a
fantastic bit of play. And there is a lot at stake, third and 4th in
the championship. Particularly for Dovizioso. He would love to take
away that number three position to Tech 3 Yamaha. These guys are in
this order. Dovizioso third, Dani Pedrosa old 4th, Ben Spies and 5th
place. He will not improve on that. But he definitely needs to get onto
the podium. Call me the one race when. I don't think his results
reflect how well he seems to have driven, especially in his first
year? I completely agree. Ben Spies is going to win a lot more races.
At the start of the year, his luck went against them. I know you make
your own luck but sometimes things conspire against you and he is
still here, fighting away. Of course, he would like to be in
front of the two Honda bikes. The 11 laps remaining. The track must
be trying again. It just seems to fluctuate, 34, 35, 34, 35. Abraham,
Crutchlow, still neck-and-neck. Casey Stoner is the most accurate
barometer because he is having a very lonely ride up in front. These
tyres are tripping each other up a little bit. All the same, this time
around. Still Dovizioso, he fends off his team-mate, Ben Spies still
hunting. Abraham, this will be a stonking was all for him. There is
only have other seconds in this. Tony Ellis in eighth place. And
here are the guests. Josh Hayes can go back to America and say, yes,
all and Tino Rossi, I saw him off! -- Valentino Rossi. We know that he
is off to Pramac for the next season. You can see the tyre marks
down the side of Hector Barbera's bike. Some early tangles. Hiroshi
Aoyama. What is your report car? Not good. He was fabulous in 250
but he not to suffer round at Silverstone in the warm-up. He just
has not gelled. Is it still going on here? Yes. After you, no, after
me! Pedrosa was fastest over the hill. I was a chequered flag would
come out! Will somebody please help me! They're not nice conditions. I
quite enjoyed riding in the rain at times. Proper tyres. These
conditions are just horrible and it is worse for Casey Stoner, who
wants to get another when because that is what he likes doing but it
will be awkward out there. Every time you come around, you do not
know what is going to happen because normally it either gets
wetter or a trier. Excuse me! Squeeze me! Strictly Come Dancing
beckons for these boys! Who would be Dani Pedrosa's partner?!
Spies thinking, you guys are nuts. Go wide just so I can get past.
Making the dive up the inside. There is still a long way to go.
Again to 34 confident it. Casey Stoner is. Still, he has extended
that lead. Back up to 10. Enjoy the sound of these rents. It will not
be quite as screaming next year. These Honda bikes, particularly,
sound like ripping iron. They will sound better next year. There will
be the rumble of 1000 cc. And down we go. Counting the laps. This will
go any which way. Cal Crutchlow will want to beat Abraham but if he
stays where he is, it will still be the best result of this season, the
previous best being 7th place. will be the first to say, I just
did a few more finishes. And things will look a lot rosier for me.
is putting in his fastest lap of the race, colour Crutchlow. He will
have Dovizioso as his team-mate. -- Cal Crutchlow. That is a pretty
formidable team-mate. But he does not stay close to Dovizioso, he
will not be there any longer. 1000 cc will help. Dovizioso, surely...
He did not really come across. would have to come across to take
the racing line. I think a taster was just a little bit hot in there.
-- Alvaro Bautista. You could see at the last moment, Alvaro Bautista
had to Rapple -- grapple with the brake. Expensive, as well. Hundreds
of thousands of dollars. We hear that Suzuki are certain to run next
year and start the season without rebuilding. They will be testing
and Tuesday as well so fingers crossed there will be toot Suzuki
bikes on the grid next year, which would be brilliant. It's
uncomfortable for him to go week in, week out without his factory
explaining what they're going to do. We had just had a pass, at last!
Ben Spies, yes, I have finally got these Honda bikes! Dovizioso just
removes his visor. The this will help Dovizioso because that would
seal the job quite nicely. Look at the focus on those eyes. The man
born in Memphis, living in Texas. Down the inside, that was a brave
move. There is a lot of rain on a camera lens. Casey Stoner is back
to 1.37. He had a proper lap last time. Seven seconds, that is more
than he can afford. So, Jorge Lorenzo, sitting there. Feeling
quite smug. I could be out there but I'm pretty OK right here now.
He made the right decision. Spies potentially on the podium. He
has to hang on for six laps. The gap is closing. He has got the
magnet onto Cal Crutchlow. To tenths behind. And Loris Capirossi
is a few seconds down the road. Rating on the commentary booth
window again. 37 lap times have dropped so they are now three
seconds slower. Thank you indeed, Loris Capirossi. You have been a
great entertainer. He has done a pretty good job. And by anybody's
measure, he was the best Ducati team-mate that Stoner had... That
was hot! The same deal. Ben Spies going for the second. Dovizioso
will know that there is a bike behind them. He will it is at the
Yamaha Honda. He will try to be as wide as he possibly can. As soon as
the rain starts to come down, and it is, quite a bit heavier out
there. The lap times have really plummeted. Ben Spies over the top
of the hill. The white line. I am scared to look! Maybe he can get a
better drive out of the exit for the run down the hill. The only
trouble is, I have a feeling he isn't at ease with the braking
going into the bottom. The squirt of that Honda. That was a better
exit by Ben Spies than Dovizioso. These to look like they have really
dropped off Dani Pedrosa, who has decided he does not want to
encounter... Look at the rain! This is horrible. Casey Stoner will not
know what to do. Ben Spies! If they finish like this, at Dovizioso will
still beat Pedrosa in the championship. He will not be
stopping for the rest like. Unless there is an insolent because they
had the choice are coming in. You cannot do that with five laps. You
have to model your way around. Look at the gap. 2.5 seconds. Casey
Stoner is in countering the dodgy weather. Still murdered 43 last
time. He is two seconds ahead of these guys. Two laps to go.
Dovizioso. Ben Spies. Stoner. He has shed eight seconds into laps.
He must have had a moment but it is coming down or it was coming down
fairly heavy anti- has to be the one that takes the place up. You
look like a mug if you fall off whilst leading the race. But even
more after a ten-second lead. Still five laps remaining. They days the
mugs choice! It seems that way. Ben Spies, he has won when this year,
can he take another? -- he has one win. 39.9. Ben Spies has taken
another second. 1.6 seconds behind Casey Stoner. All these bikes
getting warmed up. I would not bother. They are not going to come
in. It isn't a long pit lane. would still lose one quarter of a
lap. Ben Spies, his partner isn't so hot about this. He surprised me.
He always says he does not like tough conditions but he has ridden
an absolute Stoner. Looking at the timing... Cal Crutchlow is back in
front of Abraham. He will be grabbing that Ricky of the year
with both hands, if you can possibly have it. Casey Stoner has
responded. The rain has stopped or it's not as heavy. There was some
horrible spots and that was nasty and horrible on the low-paid. --
yellow paint. He will extend this one more time. Yes, we shall see.
He will also get one more lap with Yamaha pressing right up into your
exhaust pipe. The traction control is working. It was 1.6, it is now
1.3. It has stabilised. Ben Spies, keeper of those white lines. He has
to stop this time. He is at ease with those brakes. This is
something else from Ben Spies to come through like this. Dovizioso
still be in front of the do so because he has four seconds and
fund. That will take the third place in the championship. -- in
front of Dovizioso. The rain is still falling. They and space has
taken another big chunk. That is down to not 0.3 a the second. He
has gone wide! Whoa! On the outside. Ben Spies is in the lead! Boy,
would that be a Christmas bonus for the kids in the Armagh had garage!
After the trying times they have had. We will get another look. That
was extraordinary. Nothing he could do. Ben Spies leading this race.
Could you take the second when during the season? That would be
have to say, very encouraging. I am scratching my head. He didn't
decide to let him go. He is having thoughts now about trying to get it
stopped as well. Teetering, tiptoeing, it's getting wetter not
drier. Two laps left as we go across the line. Ben Spies is in
the lead. Casey Stoner is behind. There was the moment. He must have
tried to lock up on him about point. Did not feel he had the confidence.
Back on the rear wheel, Casey Stoner going for a tenth win if he
can do it. What has he got to lose? Fears that the championship, pretty
much everything. He does not want a broken collarbone. Casey Stoner is
still hungry. He said it all year long, the championship would be
nice but I like winning races. Nevertheless, all his protestations
had been about winning races, that is what he wants to do. Dani
Pedrosa has slowed down so much that Cal Crutchlow is only a few
seconds behind him now. He has decided he is not interested in
these type of conditions. Number 11 is interested in these conditions.
Ben Spies going for his second MotoGP wind. Think of the odds he
would have got on Ben Spies winning today. He had a tumble in Malaysia,
a tumble here this week. We will find out who is serious and by how
much, because we go over the top. A nasty, difficult turn 14. Back down
the hill Lago and we are on the last lap. There is Cal Crutchlow
challenging Dani Pedrosa are and right behind him, Carole Abraham.
We are getting a treat with 12 riders left. Cal Crutchlow needs to
get past Dani Pedrosa. We're on the last lap, number 11, Ben Spies from
Memphis Tennessee, he has had one win this year and is a world
Superbike champion bad going for a second win in these horrible
conditions. It is difficult to lookouts the commentary box window.
It looks very difficult. slipping and sliding around, but I
think he has got out. My not many overtaking spots left. He looks
over his shoulder, keep your head down, Ben Spies. This is
extraordinary. Counting down the corners, not many left. They get
their money's worth out of the real-estate here. It doubles back
again and back again and if you treacherous corners. Everyone says
this track is hideously slippery, so they need to be careful. Just a
couple of more corners remaining as they move over the top of their
help. Been to 14. And Carl Abrahams is out. Cal Crutchlow, a rookie of
the year with a few corners to go. Ben Spies with his head down, can
Casey Stoner gets close enough? Casey Stoner has done it! He has
damaged by 15 hundredths of a second! The drive he got! Cal
Crutchlow comes in fourth position. and a half the second. -- one-tenth
and a half of a second. It is great is the Cal Crutchlow get up there.
Loris Capriossi, understandably upset, crossing the line. Inside
the top 10 for his last race in MotoGP. He had an amazing career.
328 starts, 29 wins over 23 years. I could not a Maj-Gen come I can
only assume how a Ben Spies. -- I could not imagine, I can only
assume how Ben Spies got across there. He won that race, Casey
Stoner won bat raised by 0.015 of a second false start -- won of that
race. I am disappointed for Ben Spies. Casey Stoner had a
marvellous win. I do not understand. He must have missed a gear or
something happened or the traction control cuts in too hard. That
Honda does not accelerate that much more than the Amarah. I cannot
believe it. -- more than the Yamaha. It doesn't seem possible. I do not
know what went on. The electronics cut in. Something slowed it down.
There is no way that the Honda added to accelerate it.
Thank you very much for your great hasn't been said about Marco
Simoncelli. All of the words had been said by the people here today.
They said that he wrote it like he's still let, he got on with it.
Will be in memory for a long time. I feel sorry for Ben Spies, that
was extraordinary, those last 300 metres of arrays that I have ever
seen in my life. Best of a race. had a fair lead NT would not have
thought it possible. Bus and he enormous scoreboard and see how
many race wins that is. Casey Stoner. Cal Crutchlow was three
seconds from the podium. That is fantastic. I cannot wait to hear
what went on. That was astonishing. Well ridden, Cal Crutchlow. A great
finish to a good year. He has that testing and a lot of things going
on, but that will cement his position in this team. Yes, he
adopted when it was difficult, and that we look really good. Bus that
race and his 10th win. His 10th win this season. Plenty more where they
came from, I believe. That is 33 MotoGP wins. Wins for Casey Stoner,
very interesting. Fourth place for Cal Crutchlow is even hotter news!
Yes, great scenes down here, a fantastic race for Cal Crutchlow,
and the rookie of the year, an incredible race. It was a top race.
It would have been more difficult without the crash at the first
corner, but you have days like that. I am pleased. It is nice to end the
year on a high note and we have tried for this all year. It was a
good battle at the end with Karel Abraham, but EVERTON was going to
be a drizzle race or a wet race, then it was close on the last few
laps. -- but if it was going to be. I was at too interested in Rob Key
of the year, I just wanted to keep my position as much as I could.
can smile, you know! I am smiling! But you are in front of me, and you
are ugly! So I am not going to smile at you! A so close to being a
race winner today. Disappointing tour lose out on the photo finish,
but what a way to end the season. am happy, we made a huge surge at
the end. We made a bunch of ground on Casey Stoner, and when we got
ahead it was hard to understand how wet the track was because there was
no one in front of us. It started to rain quite heavily and Casey
Stoner took some risks in the last few corner hours and had more
moderate than me down the front. Thank you. Congratulations. We can
confirm the result. You have to scratch yourself about this. Casey
Stoner wins but by the smallest with Dani Pedrosa in the early
stages, but the third in the championship! Yes, in the end, I
wanted to take more risks and win the race, because there were good
conditions for me. But their position in the championships was
so important, and with the rain coming, it was impossible to see
where was wet and there was bright. To many risks when Danny reduced
the speed. It was OK. I am happy with my strategy because the only
way to beat Dani Pedrosa a year in this track was to make a strategy
because he is faster here and I made a good strategy. I want to say
thank you to the team because it is a really good team and I am sorry
to go away, butts thank you. Thank you. It is a shame to be losing him.
There is no doubt. Cal Crutchlow moved up one in the championship up
to 12, that is useful. Yes, a good way to finish the season for Cal
Crutchlow, editor got rid the season but a big year for him next
year as we said in the programme. The perfect way to end a very, very
difficult season. Casey Stoner, the Welsh champion, press the red
button to join us for more reaction. -- the world's champion. It is
goodbye from every one here in Valencia at the end of the season