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Nelson Vicente - Contact: [email protected] Under very adverse climatic conditions, the activity of the Valencian Community Grand Prix began at t


Nelson Vicente – Contact: [email protected]

Under very adverse climatic conditions, the activity of the Valencian Community Grand Prix began at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, in Cheste, which will be the competition that closes the season of the World Motorcycling Championship.

Heavy rain fell during the first free practice session, complicating the drivers’ actions. Iker Lecuona (KTM) set the best time, 1’40 ”569/1000 to take first place in the batch, followed by Jack Miller (Ducati) and Miguel Oliveira (KTM). The list of the six fastest was completed with Johann Zarco (Ducati), Joan Mir (Suzuki) and Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati).

For the second round, the weather conditions improved, allowing it to develop normally.

The best time was for Jack Miller, with 1’30 ”927/1000, followed by Pol Espargaró (Honda), who clocked 1’30” 995/1000, while Bagnaia was in third position with 1’31 ”336 / 1000, followed by Alex Rins (Suzuki), Jorge Martín (Ducati) and Takaaki Nakagami (Honda).

With the world championship already defined in advance in favor of the Frenchman Fabio “Diablo” Quartararo (Yamaha), one of the most outstanding events of this weekend in Valencia is the farewell of the multi-award-winning Italian rider Valentino Rossi, who, after 26 years of activity, he retires from the practice of motorcycling to dedicate himself, from next season, to directing his own MotoGP team.

From Cheste, several versions have arrived regarding the tributes that the Urbino rider is expected to pay, both from the fans, the organizers and the riders, so that Sunday will surely be a day of great emotions for “Il Dottore” Valentino.

Photo: Ducati Corse.