Australian Jack Miller gave Italian Franco Morbidelli a run for his money on the final lap, however had to settle for second place as Pol Espargaró claimed another podium and Spaniard Joan Mir sealed his maiden MotoGP World Championship title. Here is all you need to know:
– The penultimate race saw Spaniard Espargaró seventh in the rider standings behind Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso with Mir 37 points ahead of his main rivals at the top.
– Morbidelli started on pole with Miller, Japan’s Takaaki Nakagami, Frenchman Johann Zarco and Espargaró behind him on the grid for Sunday’s race.
– Morbidelli, Miller and Nakagami all came out fast and Mir was able to benefit from Fabio Quartararo’s crash that saw the Frenchman’s title hopes go up in the Circuit Ricardo Tormo gravel trap dust.
– Sadly for Honda’s Nakagami, he overcooked an attempted pass on Espargaró and slid out when in contention for a podium with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider lucky to escape being taken out too.
– Miller duelled with Morbidelli on the final lap, but came up just short to finish second for his third podium of the season as Espargaró wrapped up his fifth in third.
– Miller, 25, said: “Another fantastic last-lap battle with Franco. A lot of fun, especially on a tight track with these big bikes. We can be happy and showed we had the pace. Massive congratulations to Joan and the whole Suzuki team, they deserve it.”
– Espargaró, 29, said: “I am super happy because we did not expect to jump on the podium. Nakagami at the end was faster than us, if not for his mistake. I could open the throttle and get away from his crash.”
– Meanwhile Mir, 23, revealed: “Unbelievable. I do not have words to describe this emotion when you follow one dream all your life and you finally achieve it.”
– South African Brad Binder finished fifth, Portuguese Miguel Oliveira sixth, Italian Dovizioso eighth and rookie Álex Márquez 16th as Frenchman Zarco exited early on.
Valencia GP result
1. Franco Morbidelli ITA Petronas Yamaha 41’22.478
2. Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati +0.093s
3. Pol Espargaró SPA Red Bull KTM Factory +3.006s
4. Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar +3.697s
5. Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM Factory +4.127s
2020 MotoGP rider standings
1. Joan Mir SPA Suzuki 171 points CHAMPION
2. Franco Morbidelli ITA Yamaha 142
3. Alex Rins SPA Suzuki 138
4. Maverick Viñales SPA Yamaha 127
5. Fabio Quartararo FRA Yamaha 125
6. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati 125
7. Pol Espargaró SPA KTM 122
8. Jack Miller AUS Ducati 112
9. Takaaki Nakagami JPN Honda 105
10. Miguel Oliveira POR KTM 100