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2011 Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix

The 2011 Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix was the last round of the 2011 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 4–6 November 2011 at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo. It was the first race after the death of Marco Simoncelli in Sepang. It was the final race for the current formula in the premier (MotoGP) and lightweight classes (now known as Moto3). In the premier class, the 800cc engines would be replaced by 1000cc engines. Honda also would change motorcycles at the end of the season, as the Honda RC212V that débuted at the 2007 Qatar Grand Prix would be replaced by the RC213V for the following season. In the lightweight class, the 125cc two-stroke motorcycle formula would be replaced by 250cc four-strokes for 2012. This was also the final race for Suzuki as a factory team until their return in 2015.

Spain  2011 Valencian Community Grand Prix
Race details
Race 18 of 18 races in the
2011 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Valencia (Ricardo Tormo) track map.svg
Date6 November 2011
Official nameGran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana[1]
LocationCircuit Ricardo Tormo
Course
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.005 km (2.489 mi)
MotoGP
Pole position
Rider Australia Casey Stoner Honda
Time 1:31.861
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Andrea Dovizioso Honda
Time 1:34.167
Podium
First Australia Casey Stoner Honda
Second United States Ben Spies Yamaha
Third Italy Andrea Dovizioso Honda
Moto2
Pole position
Rider Italy Michele Pirro Moriwaki
Time 1:37.067
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Andrea Iannone Suter
Time 1:39.730
Podium
First Italy Michele Pirro Moriwaki
Second Finland Mika Kallio Suter
Third Switzerland Dominique Aegerter Suter
125 cc
Pole position
Rider United Kingdom Danny Webb Mahindra
Time 1:45.898
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Maverick Viñales Aprilia
Time 1:42.882
Podium
First Spain Maverick Viñales Aprilia
Second Spain Nicolás Terol Aprilia
Third Spain Héctor Faubel Aprilia

On Saturday, Stefan Bradl officially became Moto2 World Champion after his only rival, Marc Márquez, could not go on the track during the free practices and the qualifying session, because of injuries sustained in Malaysia.[2][3]

MotoGP classificationEdit

Colin Edwards had an injured shoulder and was replaced by 2011 AMA Pro Superbike champion Josh Hayes on the Yamaha Tech 3[4] and Jorge Lorenzo was replaced for the second time by test-rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga.[5] Loris Capirossi has now retired from motorcycle racing following the race.[6]

Although Gresini Racing originally pulled out of the Valencia race after Simoncelli's fatal accident,[7] it was later decided that the team would race.[8] As tribute to Marco Simoncelli, Loris Capirossi, in his final MotoGP race, participated wearing Simoncelli's racing number 58 instead of his usual racing number 65,[9] although on the official reports he was still listed as #65. All riders from MotoGP, Moto2 and the 125cc races participated in a parade lap on Sunday morning after the warm-up session with 1993 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz riding Simoncelli's bike.[10][11] Valentino Rossi wore a tribute helmet.[12]

The finish was one of the tightest in MotoGP history as already crowned World Champion Casey Stoner came from a long way back on acceleration to leapfrog Ben Spies at the line by just 0.015 seconds.[13]

Pos. No. Rider Team Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27   Casey Stoner Repsol Honda Team Honda 30 48:18.645 1 25
2 11   Ben Spies Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 30 +0.015 3 20
3 4   Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Team Honda 30 +5.936 8 16
4 35   Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 30 +8.718 11 13
5 26   Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda 30 +9.321 2 11
6 89   Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 30 +23.818 15 10
7 41   Josh Hayes Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 30 +33.118 16 9
8 17   Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 30 +37.952 10 8
9 65   Loris Capirossi Pramac Racing Team Ducati 30 +48.953 12 7
10 24   Toni Elías LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 30 +52.501 13 6
11 8   Héctor Barberá Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 30 +1:06.519 9 5
12 7   Hiroshi Aoyama San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 30 +1:08.760 14 4
Ret 14   Randy de Puniet Pramac Racing Team Ducati 0 Collision 4
Ret 19   Álvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 0 Collision 5
Ret 46   Valentino Rossi Ducati Team Ducati 0 Collision 6
Ret 69   Nicky Hayden Ducati Team Ducati 0 Collision 7
Sources: [14][15][16]

Moto2 classificationEdit

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 51   Michele Pirro Moriwaki 27 46:22.205 1 25
2 36   Mika Kallio Suter 27 +6.150 3 20
3 77   Dominique Aegerter Suter 27 +6.363 7 16
4 13   Anthony West MZ-RE Honda 27 +8.843 22 13
5 9   Kenny Noyes FTR 27 +9.229 23 11
6 68   Yonny Hernández FTR 27 +9.926 20 10
7 63   Mike Di Meglio Tech 3 27 +10.115 9 9
8 19   Xavier Siméon Tech 3 27 +10.385 8 8
9 76   Max Neukirchner MZ-RE Honda 27 +13.018 24 7
10 60   Julián Simón Suter 27 +13.685 21 6
11 29   Andrea Iannone Suter 27 +14.686 25 5
12 15   Alex de Angelis MotoBi 27 +15.200 5 4
13 16   Jules Cluzel Suter 27 +18.428 19 3
14 44   Pol Espargaró FTR 27 +19.177 13 2
15 71   Claudio Corti Suter 27 +20.356 26 1
16 4   Randy Krummenacher Kalex 27 +26.031 27
17 12   Thomas Lüthi Suter 27 +27.160 6
18 18   Jordi Torres Suter 27 +33.813 15
19 25   Alex Baldolini Moriwaki 27 +46.003 18
20 54   Kenan Sofuoğlu Suter 27 +49.635 29
21 40   Aleix Espargaró Pons Kalex 27 +1:12.187 11
22 64   Santiago Hernández FTR 27 +1:14.567 31
23 38   Bradley Smith Tech 3 27 +1:15.394 12
24 39   Robertino Pietri Suter 27 +1:16.767 33
25 82   Elena Rosell Suter 27 +1:19.893 35
26 6   Joan Olivé FTR 27 +1:22.339 32
27 95   Mashel Al Naimi Moriwaki 26 +1 lap 37
28 61   Óscar Climent MIR Racing 26 +1 lap 34
29 96   Nasser Al Malki Moriwaki 26 +1 lap 38
30 45   Scott Redding Suter 26 +1 lap 14
Ret 35   Raffaele de Rosa Suter 25 Accident 28
Ret 3   Simone Corsi FTR 25 Retirement 10
Ret 53   Valentin Debise FTR 20 Retirement 30
Ret 14   Ratthapark Wilairot FTR 13 Retirement 36
Ret 75   Mattia Pasini FTR 10 Accident 17
Ret 34   Esteve Rabat FTR 6 Retirement 16
Ret 72   Yuki Takahashi Moriwaki 5 Accident 2
Ret 65   Stefan Bradl Kalex 4 Accident 4
DNS 80   Axel Pons Pons Kalex Did not start
WD 93   Marc Márquez Suter Withdrew
OFFICIAL MOTO2 REPORT

125 cc classificationEdit

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 25   Maverick Viñales Aprilia 24 41:44.138 8 25
2 18   Nicolás Terol Aprilia 24 +3.216 9 20
3 55   Héctor Faubel Aprilia 24 +7.460 6 16
4 7   Efrén Vázquez Derbi 24 +14.560 13 13
5 94   Jonas Folger Aprilia 24 +18.451 10 11
6 23   Alberto Moncayo Aprilia 24 +36.472 14 10
7 39   Luis Salom Aprilia 24 +52.614 4 9
8 31   Niklas Ajo Aprilia 24 +1:00.138 19 8
9 3   Luigi Morciano Aprilia 24 +1:00.253 22 7
10 96   Louis Rossi Aprilia 24 +1:03.258 2 6
11 60   Manuel Tatasciore Aprilia 24 +1:09.892 20 5
12 77   Marcel Schrötter Mahindra 24 +1:12.741 23 4
13 19   Alessandro Tonucci Aprilia 24 +1:18.337 17 3
14 71   John McPhee Aprilia 24 +1:18.434 25 2
15 30   Giulian Pedone Aprilia 24 +1:20.580 30 1
16 50   Sturla Fagerhaug Aprilia 24 +1:21.155 21
17 52   Danny Kent Aprilia 24 +1:27.770 18
18 56   Péter Sebestyén Aprilia 24 +1:33.406 28
19 34   Daniel Ruiz Honda 24 +1:34.593 31
20 53   Jasper Iwema Aprilia 24 +1:34.832 27
21 40   Marco Colandrea Aprilia 23 +1 lap 33
22 10   Alexis Masbou KTM 23 +1 lap 5
23 86   Kevin Hanus Honda 23 +1 lap 32
24 84   Jakub Kornfeil Aprilia 23 +1 lap 24
25 63   Zulfahmi Khairuddin Derbi 21 +3 laps 15
NC 26   Adrián Martín Aprilia 24 +2:16.952 11
Ret 17   Taylor Mackenzie Aprilia 18 Accident 26
Ret 14   Brad Binder Aprilia 17 Accident 34
Ret 28   Josep Rodríguez Aprilia 15 Retirement 16
Ret 11   Sandro Cortese Aprilia 11 Accident 7
Ret 99   Danny Webb Mahindra 11 Accident 1
Ret 21   Harry Stafford Aprilia 7 Retirement 29
Ret 8   Jack Miller KTM 3 Retirement 12
Ret 5   Johann Zarco Derbi 2 Accident 3
DNS 13   Juan Francisco Guevara Aprilia Did not start
DNQ 22   Emil Petersen Honda Did not qualify
OFFICIAL 125cc REPORT

Championship standings after the race (MotoGP)Edit

Below are the standings for the top five riders and constructors after round eighteen has concluded.[17]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2011 Valencia MotoGP". Motorsportmagazine.com. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Márquez team confirms Valencia GP withdrawal". motogp.com. 5 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Pirro on pole in rain hindered qualifying, Bradl claims Moto2 title". motogp.com. 5 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Josh Hayes to join Monster Yamaha Tech 3 in Valencia". motogp.com. 31 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Jorge Lorenzo to miss season finale at Valencia". motogp.com. 2 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Final GP for Capirossi in Valencia". motogp.com. 2 November 2011.
  7. ^ "Gresini Racing pull out of Valencia GP after Marco Simoncelli's death". Guardian. 25 October 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  8. ^ Beer, Matt (31 October 2011). "Gresini decides to race at Valencia in tribute to Marco Simoncelli". Autosport. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  9. ^ Birt, Matthew (3 November 2011). "Loris Capirossi to race Marco Simoncelli's number 58 in Valencia". MCN. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  10. ^ Young, Colin (5 November 2011). "MOTOGP: Schwantz To Lead Simoncelli Tribute". Speed. Valencia. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  11. ^ "World championship field to take part in tribute parade for Marco Simoncelli". Autosport. 5 November 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  12. ^ "Rossi Wearing Special Simoncelli Tribute Helment at Valencia". RoadracingWorld. 5 November 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  13. ^ "Stoner wins dramatic Valencia GP at the line, Dovizioso seals third in the Championship". Dorna Sports. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ [2]
  16. ^ [3]
  17. ^ "Standings" (PDF). resources.motogp.com. 2011. Retrieved 2019-08-25.


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