Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders Alex Marquez and Joan Mir lined up for the final race of the season at a rain soaked and cold Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia.
Alex Marquez showed his podium potential with the second fastest time in the warm-up. Marquez had showed superb wet weather pace all weekend and surged from 16th on the grid to lead the race on lap six. Unfortunately victory eluded Marquez when he crashed in the tricky conditions on lap 15 but bravely remounted to finish third in the race and fourth in the championship standings with 173 points.
Alex Marquez: 3rd, +22.175
“To come back and finish on the podium after my crash is a good result which secured my fourth place in the championship which is satisfying. I’m little disappointed because the victory was there, I could feel it, but I was pushing a lot out front. I decided to breathe a little bit and be more calm but made a small mistake. The podium is a good finish to the season and I want to thank my team who did a great job and I’m happy for that even though the results we expected did not come.”