Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo has bid farewell to the Japanese manufacturer in style by dominating to take victory in the final race of the season, gifting the constructors title to the team in the process. A late charge from reigning World Champion Marc Marquez wasn’t enough to catch the “Spartan” but the Cervera rider completed his wonderful season in second with Andrea Iannone finishing on the podium in third.
It was a long awaited dry race for the riders as they took to the grid and it was Lorenzo who took the holeshot from pole, with Iannone blasting off the line to slot in behind the Spaniard in second. Maverick Vinales, Valentino Rossi, Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso engaged in the battle for third after the Repsol Honda rider go bogged down on the start.
As Lorenzo began to disappear into the distance, his Yamaha teammate Rossi made his way to the front of the chasers after making his way past Vinales and Iannone with Marquez latching on to the Italian following him past the Suzuki man but the Spaniard struggled to make his way past the Ducati rider. Eventually Marquez found his rhythm and began to set a scintillating pace behind gapping Rossi rather easily, slowly closing Lorenzo’s advantage out front.
Time was against the Honda rider however as he was unable to close Lorenzo down, despite setting the fastest lap of the race in the closing stages, which allowed Lorenzo to storm to his fourth victory of the season, cementing third place in the Championship for the “Spartan”.
Marc Marquez closed out his World Championship winning season in second, with the Spaniard getting within a second of his compatriot and finishing the season on a high after crashing out of the previous two races. Third was Andrea Iannone on his final outing for Ducati. The Italian was involved in a thrilling battle with his idol Valentino Rossi and the “Maniac” used the Ducati’s straight line speed to beat the Yamaha rider to the final podium position.
Viñales completed his final weekend with Suzuki in a solid fifth with Pol Espargaro pipping the tyre weary Andrea Dovizioso to sixth place. Suzuki’s second rider Aleix Espargaro saw the flag in eighth position, whilst Bradley Smith had another impressive ride as he gets back to fitness following a crash ahead of the British GP and two knee surgeries, taking ninth in his final race with Tech 3 before he moves to Red Bull KTM Factory Racing. Alvaro Bautista produced a stunning ride in his final race for Aprilia, guiding the red machine home in tenth position.
With the MotoGP season over for 2016, we now look forward to the 2017 season test’s which start Tuesday.