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Valencia brings the curtain down but without Marc Márquez

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The Ricardo Tormo de Valencia circuit hosts the final race of the 2011 season, one marked by the recent loss of Simoncelli. In MotoGP the Repsol Honda Team aims to end the year with another victory, whilst in Moto2 Marc Márquez will not participate in Sunday`s race. The Repsol rider has still not fully recovered his vision and is ruled out unless there is a sudden improvement before the race in Valencia.

All the tests he has had at the USP Institut Universitari Dexeus, Marc Márquez show that he is obliged to watch this weekend`s race from the pits and not fight for the world Moto2 title out on the track in Valencia. The young rider`s vision has improved since he returned from Malaysia, but he is still not one hundred percent, so at this moment in time he is ruled out of the GP.

Nevertheless, the Repsol rider will go to the Ricardo Tormo circuit on Thursday afternoon because, as the doctors have told him, there is a very remote possibility that he can recover his sight completely at any time, and so he will be waiting until the very last moment to see whether he can race in the final round of the 2011 calendar.

In general, the race in Valencia will be a special one because of what happened in Malaysia. Mourning for the tragic death of Marco Simoncelli will mark this Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana, the last GP of the 2011 season. Referring to the sports side of things, the Repsol Honda Team will bring an end to a satisfying season. Casey Stoner is already World MotoGP Champion, the Repsol Honda Team and Honda are the champions in the overall for teams and constructors too, respectively, and Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa will be fighting for third place this weekend.

Andrea Dovizioso has a lead of four points and has a lot of respect for his teammate Dani Pedrosa. The Ricardo Tormo circuit (4 005 metres long) brings very different memories back to these two riders. The Italian, who got another podium finish in Australia, has not been able to win at the track in Valencia, whilst Dani Pedrosa has done so in all three categories.

Comunidad Valenciana Grand Prix. Schedule:
Friday, 4 November:
• 09:15 – 09:55. Practice 125cc
• 10:10 – 10:55. Practice MotoGP
• 11:10 – 11:55. Practice Moto2
• 13:15 – 13:55. Practice 125cc
• 14:10 – 14:55. Practice MotoGP
• 15:10 – 15:55. Practice Moto2

Saturday, 5 November:
• 09:15 – 09:55. Practice 125cc
• 10:10 – 10:55. Practice MotoGP
• 11:10 – 11:55. Practice Moto2
• 13:00 – 13:40. Qualifying 125cc
• 13:55 – 14:55. Qualifying MotoGP
• 15:10 – 15:55 Qualifying Moto2

Sunday, 6 November:
• 08:40 – 09:00 Warm Up 125cc
• 09:10 – 09:30 Warm Up Moto2
• 09:40 – 10:00 Warm Up MotoGP
• 11:00. Race 125cc
• 12:15. Race Moto2
• 14:00. Race MotoGP

11/3/2011

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