Pol Espargaro and Repsol Honda Team forge ahead to Valencia season finale

Pol Espargaro and Repsol Honda Team

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MotoGP 2021 Round 18, Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana

 

Spain, November 12, 2021: The Repsol Honda Team and Pol Espargaro aim to end his season on a high with Marc Marquez recovering at home.

Round 18 marks the end of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship campaign which started in Qatar in late March. During the season the Repsol Honda Team have taken three wins, two additional podiums and a pole position. Pol Espargaro is aiming to add to this tally at one of his favourite tracks on the calendar.

The 30-year-old scored his debut premier class podium in Valencia back in 2018 and in 2020, he took a pole position and two thirds at the track. Having taken four top-ten finishes in a row, the #44 arrives at the track in fine form and determined to go into the off season with another strong result. On 100 points, Espargaro sits tenth overall in the championship standings but with his brother, Aleix Espargaro, just 13 points ahead, there are still gains to be made at the final race.

On Tuesday it was announced that Marc Marquez will miss both the Valencia Grand Prix and the Jerez Test due to diplopia after a training crash.

Pol Espargaro (Tenth)

“First I want to wish Marc all the best during this difficult time and I hope he can recover soon and well. His absence will of course be felt at the track, but we arrive in Valencia still motivated to do our job the best we can. It’s a circuit that I really enjoy a lot, I achieved my first MotoGP podium there in 2018 and I think we can do well there this year. The circuit is very cold at this time of year and this is good for us. It’s the last race, I want to continue the speed from the last races to end well before 2022 begins in Jerez.”

 

Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana

Pos. Rider Num Points Team Constructor
1 QUARTARARO FABIO 20 267 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
2 BAGNAIA FRANCESCO 63 227 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
3 MIR JOAN 36 195 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
4 MILLER JACK 43 165 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
5 ZARCO JOHANN 5 163 Pramac Racing Ducati
6 MARQUEZ MARC 93 142 Repsol Honda Team Honda
7 BINDER BRAD 33 142 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
8 ESPARGARO ALEIX 41 113 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
9 VINALES MAVERICK 12 106 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
10 ESPARGARO POL 44 100 Repsol Honda Team Honda
11 RINS ALEX 42 99 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
12 BASTIANINI ENEA 23 94 Avintia Esponsorama Ducati
13 OLIVEIRA MIGUEL 88 92 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
14 MARTIN JORGE 89 91 Pramac Racing Ducati
15 NAKAGAMI TAKAAKI 30 76 LCR Honda Honda
16 MARQUEZ ALEX 73 67 LCR Honda Honda
17 MORBIDELLI FRANCO 21 42 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
18 MARINI LUCA 10 41 SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati
19 ROSSI VALENTINO 46 38 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
20 LECUONA IKER 27 38 Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM
21 PETRUCCI DANILO 9 37 Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM
22 BRADL STEFAN 6 14 Repsol Honda Team Honda
23 PIRRO MICHELE 51 12 Ducati Test Team Ducati
24 DOVIZIOSO ANDREA 4 8 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
25 PEDROSA DANI 26 6 KTM Test Team KTM
26 SAVADORI LORENZO 32 4 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
27 RABAT TITO 53 1 Pramac Racing Ducati