Round 19

Valencia Track Report

November 20, 2018

What was the strategy for the Valencia race?

The strategy was to start the race and try to keep the pace that Marc had done all weekend. He had a fast pace, but today it didn’t happen. Marc decided to race with the medium rear tire, because he thought it would be better. But it’s not a big thing, because he normally chooses which tires he uses and almost always he is right! He is conscious that this wasn’t the best choice today, and it’s not the end of the world. Dani was strong. It looked like he could finish on the podium. Finally he struggled a bit, but he rode a good race. It was a good end to the year.

The positive points and negative points after the race?

The overall positive is that we had already won the riders and constructors world titles and then here we took the teams championship, so we won the triple crown. Now we keep going, with a lot of motivation. We have to look for a new path with a new rider with some new team members and this is an opportunity to keep developing as a team.

The view from the pit wall during the race?

It was a strange race because the rain always make everything more difficult. But stopping the race and restarting was the correct decision. Marc was okay after his heavy fall and Dani took some important points for the teams title.

The inside story apart from official comments?

This weekend has been very special because it was Dani’s last race in MotoGP. We organized a special farewell party with his family, team, friends and sponsors, plus he was also inducted as a MotoGP Legend, which he deserves after his successful career.