Valencia 125cc MotoGP Preview
The 2010 125cc World Championship will be decided at the final round at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, where the home crowd will see a Spanish rider claim the title.
Seventeen points separate 125cc leader Marc Marquez and now his only title rival Nico Terol, following a thrilling previous round in Portugal.
In a highly eventful Estoril appointment Red Bull Ajo Motorsport rider Marquez took his tenth 125cc win of the season, and this weekend could equal the 1997 record of Valentino Rossi as the rider with the most wins in the 125cc class in a single season (11).
Such a result would emphatically deliver him the title, and if the 17 year-old were to accomplish the achievement he would become the second youngest World Champion ever.
Marquez has only raced once before at Valencia, last year, when he placed 17th following a 125cc crash when fighting for fourth, whilst Terol has a best finish of second in 2008. If Terol were to win the race Marquez would need to finish no lower than eighth to claim the title.
Pol Espargaró’s title hopes ended in Portugal but the Tuenti Racing rider will still be going for victory as he aims to sign off from the 125cc class in winning style, while Bradley Smith is still in search of his first win of the season and will likewise want a winning end to the 125cc chapter of his World Championship career.
Meanwhile Efrén Vázquez (Tuenti Racing), Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX) and Sandro Cortese (Avant Mitsubishi Ajo) are still contesting positions five to seven. Niklas Ajo (Ajo Motorsport), Juan Perello (SAG Castrol), Jonny Rosell (SAG Castrol), John McPhee (KRP Bradley Smith Racing) and Taylor Mackenzie (KRP MMCG) are the five wild card entries at Round 17.
The Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana takes place from Nov. 5-7, with the 125cc class getting the action underway at 9:05 a.m. (local time) on Friday with the commencement of FP1. This weekend will also see the continuation of the three-practice session schedule.