Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Turn Up Intensity for 2021 Season Finale

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP's Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli are ready to face the competition one last time this 2021 MotoGP season at the upcoming Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana, held this weekend at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
Valencia (Spain), 10th November 2021
The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team have travelled straight from Portimão, Portugal, to Valencia, Spain, to wrap up the 2021 MotoGP season at this weekend’s big finale, the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana.

Fabio Quartararo is especially eager to get back aboard his YZR-M1 again. Disappointed that his previous outing ended in an NC score, he is looking to retaliate this weekend and finish the season off in style.

The 2021 MotoGP World Champion would like nothing better than to delight his fans by equalling or bettering the second place he scored here in 2019 in the MotoGP class (his best result in Valencia), and it would be the cherry on the cake if he could also help Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP close the 28-point deficit in the Team Championship, which has gone down to the wire.

Franco Morbidelli is up for the challenge of another back-to-back race weekend. He noticed some positive aspects during the Algarve GP weekend, including improvements in his recovery and speed earlier on in the weekend. He hopes to continue to develop this and close the 2021 season with his best performance yet since returning from injury.

The Italian is competitive at the Ricardo Tormo track and has visited the Valencian rostrum multiple times. He secured third place in 2016 and second place in 2017 in the Moto2 class, and in the premier class he rode to a brilliant win in the second race in Valencia last year.

The 4.0 km long Circuit Ricardo Tormo was built in 1999 and was immediately added to the MotoGP calendar. The Valencian GP was soon known as a must-be-at event, especially when it became the traditional closing round to the MotoGP championship from 2002 onward. The circuit is often described as quite challenging. Its lay-out includes nine left corners, five right ones, an 876m longest straight, and is ran anti-clockwise.

For those who want to get to know the Ricardo Tormo track better, check out Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP eSport Riders Lorenzo Daretti’s and Michael Amara's eRace. Daretti will also be present at the track this weekend to take part in the fourth and final round of the MotoGP eSport Global Series, for which two races (stages are the Circuit of The Americas and the Circuit Ricardo Tormo) are held on Friday, 12th November. The MotoGP eSport showdown will be broadcast live from 18:00 – 19:30 (local track time: GMT+1) on the MotoGP eSport channels and is a must-see event. Trastevere73 has to close a 7-point gap in order to secure his third MotoGP eSport World Championship Title, and in this round there are double points awarded – so it’s all to play for.
Massimo Meregalli

Massimo Meregalli

Team Director

It’s already the final race of the 2021 season. The second half of the season seems to have flown by. Valencia is traditionally a special event because it’s usually the last Grand Prix of the season. It’s our last time to greet the fans and entertain them before we start winter testing for 2022. We want to end the year on a high note. We have set ourselves a simple goal: we want to give the fans one thrilling last race and score as many points as possible, and as a result we may even secure the 2021 Team Title. It’s a tall order, but we are a team that will keep fighting until the very end.
Fabio Quartararo

Fabio Quartararo

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Rider

We didn’t really get out our full potential in Portimão, so I can’t wait to start riding again and do better in Valencia. This weekend I will focus a bit more on getting a good qualifying position. That will already make a big difference for the race. Overtaking at Valencia is not easy, so the further we are up the grid the better. I really want to enjoy this race because it’s the final GP of the season, and I want to end it with a good result. I also want to help my team. There’s still a chance of the Team Title, so that gives me extra motivation to push hard in every session.
Franco Morbidelli

Franco Morbidelli

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Rider

We had a good weekend overall in Portimão, but then on the Sunday we missed a bit of speed compared to the previous days. The team have been working hard to analyse the data and I look forward to trying their solutions this weekend in Valencia. We are using these races as an extension of our pre-season testing for 2022. So, finding points of improvement and then solving them are positive developments and are exactly what we set out to do. All the work we have already done since the San Marino GP will be beneficial for us later on.