MotoGP Race Preview – Valencia

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Another season's flown by and the final round of the 2012 MotoGP campaign is here. Everything's settled title-wise going into the weekend, but there is plenty of pride at stake at the famous Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia.

Jorge Lorenzo was crowned World Champion for the second time at Australia just over a week ago, but don't think for a moment that he or his fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa – who he beat to the title – will be anything other than pumped up in front of a very vocal home crowd.

Casey Stoner signs off from MotoGP in his last race, or is it? The chances of a return for the Australian are remote and he has been adamant that his retirement at the age of 27 is for good, so it'd best to make the most of seeing one of the sport's greatest ever talents ripping round on a Honda RC213V for the last time!

There's still a three-way battle going on between Álvaro Bautista, Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow for fifth place in the final standings, and in his last ride for Ducati nine-times World Champion Rossi will be desperate to part ways with a good result. The Doctor has two wins at the Valencia track, and it'll be a weekend of mixed emotions after two seasons with the Bologna-based factory team.

Following the race there will be an official MotoGP test on Tuesday and Wednesday, at which Nicky Hayden will be joined on the Desmosedici by his new 2013 factory Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso as work gets underway on preparations for next season.

In the Pramac team, which will also be running Ducati machinery next year, Moto2 rider Andrea Iannone will get his apprenticeship underway, but American Ben Spies remains sidelined through injury and will have to wait until the new year to get his first ride of the bike.
 

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