2018 Valencia MotoGP Sunday Results

Michael Scott | November 18, 2018

2018 Valencia MotoGP Sunday Results

MotoGP Race – 14 laps, 56.07 km (restarted)

Dovizioso, Valencia MotoGP race 2018
Andrea Dovizioso leads the way at a wet Valencia MotoGP race en route to victory. (Gold & Goose photo)

Extraordinary conditions made for an extraordinary afternoon at Valencia for the last race of the 2018 season – as rains struck the main race with such a vengeance that it had to be red-flagged.

By then a number of riders were already down and out, including pole qualifier Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha) and 2018 champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda), leaving just 16 starters to take part in a 14-lap sprint, the first race doing nothing but determine the starting order.

By the end of it, for the first time in decades, there was not a single Honda or Yamaha on the top-three podium, and a jubilant Red Bull KTM team was celebrating not just a double top-ten finish, but a first podium in the premier class … on a day when the Austrian marque won all three rain-troubled races.

Victory, a 50th for Ducati and his first at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, went to a assured Andrea Dovizioso, who had been in the lead of the first race when it was stopped.

With those results taken back one lap, however, it was Ecstar Suzuki’s Alex Rins starting from pole, after he’d dominated the first 13 laps of the first outing until Dovi took over; and Rins who took second place, for a second successive race. It was the first time since 1994 that Suzuki had taken four podiums in a row.

Dovizioso, Valencia MotoGP 2018
Andrea Dovizioso, Valencia MotoGP winner 2018. (Gold & Goose photo)

With Ducati wild card Michele Pirro fourth and the retiring Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa fifth, it was a second successive disastrous race for Valentino Rossi. The Movistar Yamaha rider had a brilliant run through from 16th on the grid to third in the first outing, and was up to second midway through the restart when he had a second successive crash from a podium position. He remounted to finish 13th for two points, but his third overall in the championship was already safe, with the challenging Vinales not able to make the restart.

Dovizioso said: “The first race I didn’t have a lot of feeling, and as it rained more it was very dangerous. For the restart we made a small change and had new tyres, and I could push as much as I wanted … more than the other competitors.”

Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Idemitsu Honda) was a best-yet sixth, ahead of Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha), who secured the Independent Team riders prize, with rival Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Ducati) crashing out of the first race, as did his team-mate Jack Miller.

Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM) was just two tenths behind, while Stefan Bradl (LCR Castrol Honda) and second Monster Yamaha rider Hafizh Syahrin completed the top ten. Even though Franco Morbidelli was another not to make the restart, he still had enough of a margin to defeat Syahrin as Rookie of the Year.

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) was 12th, losing 11th on the final lap to Scott Redding (Aprilia).

MotoGP Race Classification 2018
Cheste, Sunday, November 18, 2018

1 25 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 139.8 24’03.408
2 20 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 139.5 +2.750
3 16 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 139.1 +7.406
4 13 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 139.0 +8.647
5 11 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 138.5 +13.351
6 10 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 136.7 +32.288
7 9 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 136.7 +32.806
8 8 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 136.7 +33.111
9 7 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 136.4 +36.376
10 6 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 136.3 +37.198
11 5 45 Scott REDDING GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 135.6 +44.326
12 4 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team Ducati 135.5 +46.146
13 3 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 134.9 +52.809
14 2 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 133.3 +1’10.628
15 1 81 Jordi TORRES SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 132.7 +1’16.739
Not Classified
19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 136.3 7 Laps
25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0 Lap
9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0 Lap
93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0 Lap
29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 0 Lap
41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0 Lap
43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0 Lap

Final MotoGP World Standing 2018

1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 321
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 245
3 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 198
4 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha SPA 193
5 Alex RINS Suzuki SPA 169
6 Johann ZARCO Yamaha FRA 158
7 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda GBR 148
8 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati ITA 144
9 Jorge LORENZO Ducati SPA 134
10 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki ITA 133
11 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 117
12 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati SPA 105
13 Jack MILLER Ducati AUS 91
15 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda ITA 50
16 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha MAL 46
17 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia SPA 44
18 Bradley SMITH KTM GBR 38
19 Tito RABAT Ducati SPA 35
20 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda JPN 33
21 Scott REDDING Aprilia GBR 20
22 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 14
23 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 12
24 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 10
26 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA Yamaha JPN 2
27 Xavier SIMEON Ducati BEL 1
28 Jordi TORRES Ducati SPA 1
29 Thomas LUTHI Honda SWI
30 Mike JONES Ducati AUS
31 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki FRA
32 Christophe PONSSON Ducati FRA


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Michael Scott | MotoGP Editor Scott has been covering MotoGP since long before it was MotoGP. Remember two-strokes? Scott does. He’s also a best-selling author of biographies on the lives of legendary racers such as Wayne Rainey and Barry Sheene.