HOHENSTEIN-ERNSTTHAL, GERMANY - JULY 07: Casey Stoner of Australia and Repsol Honda Team speaks with journalists at the end of the qualifying practice of the MotoGp of Germany at Sachsenring Circuit on July 7, 2012 in Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Following Jorge Lorenzo’s world championship triumph at the last round in Australia, racing honours are the only thing at stake as MotoGP heads into its final round in Valencia, Spain, this Sunday.

Yamaha’s Lorenzo will be hoping to end his second title-winning season in style in front of his home fans, yet will face a tremendous test from the Repsol Honda duo of Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa.


For former champion Stoner, this will be his last-ever GP before he heads into retirement, and the Australian will want to sign off with a win. And if his dominant form in Phillip Island a fortnight ago is anything to go by, he will undoubtedly head into the race as one of the favourites.

Yet his teammate, Pedrosa, could prove an equally tough challenger, wishing to make up for his costly error last time out in Phillip Island.

He may have lost the chance of fighting for the title, yet will be sure to take the challenge to Lorenzo and Stoner, as the three riders go head-to-head for the last time in MotoGP.

It will be Valentino Rossi’s last ride on the Ducati before he moves back to partner Lorenzo at Yamaha next year, and he will want to end his troublesome career on the Italian bike with a decent result, and try to end the season in fifth place. – Motoring Staff