The final round of the MotoGP World Championship, which is traditionally held at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Cheste, brings an end to the 2019 season. Let’s have a look at ten key facts:
– With a third place for Dovizioso in Malaysia, Ducati has achieved a total of 16 podiums this season, the best result by the Italian manufacturer since 2007, the year it won both the Constructors’ and Riders’ titles.
– The third place at Sepang was the ninth podium of the season for Dovizioso, who has now equalled his highest number of podiums in one year in MotoGP (2018).
– Dovizioso, with 256 points, is just five points away from his best-ever result in the premier category, obtained in 2017 when he scored a total of 261 points and finished runner-up.
– Ducati has won three times at Valencia: in 2006 with Troy Bayliss, in 2008 with Casey Stoner and in 2018 with Andrea Dovizioso.
– The circuit of Valencia is, together with Sepang, the fourth track where Ducati has conquered the highest number of podiums, a total of 9. As well as the three wins already mentioned, podiums were also achieved by Capirossi (2003 and 2006), Bayliss (2004), Stoner (2007 and 2010) and Iannone (2016).
– At Valencia the top speed record is also held by a Ducati, and it was set by Dovizioso in 2015: 335.9 km/h.
– The GP de la Comunitat Valenciana will decide if Danilo Petrucci finishes the season in fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh place in the Riders’ classification.
– For 18 seasons in a row, the GP de la Comunitat Valenciana has been the final round of the MotoGP World Championship.
– With a length of 4.005 km, Valencia is the second shortest circuit on the entire calendar, behind Sachsenring, as well as being the slowest with an average speed of about 161 km/h.
– The Ricardo Tormo circuit owes its name to the Spanish rider, who was world champion in 1978 in 50cc, the first Valencian to win a world title.