2019 Moto2 Valencian Grand Prix Preview

Alex Marquez managed to seal the Moto2 riders’ title back in Malaysia but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to play for at this weekend’s Moto2 finale.

Still to be decided this weekend is who will finish second in the championship with four points separating current second placed Brad Binder and third placed Thomas Luthi. Binder is in better form going into the season finale coming off back to back wins in Australia and Malaysia, Luthi meanwhile has finished on the podium in the last three races prior to this weekend.

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Behind the two is Jorge Navarro who is twenty points behind Luthi and twenty four behind Brad Binder. Closest to Navarro in the standings is Augusto Fernandez, the two separated by thirteen points with Navarro in better form having finished inside the top five in the previous three races, while Fernandez has finished inside the points in two of the last three.

Fifteen points behind Fernandez is Luca Marini who is having a strong end to the season having finished inside the top ten in four of the last five races, including his back to back wins of Thailand and Japan. He is eleven points ahead of compatriot Lorenzo Baldassarri who has finished inside the top ten in seven of the last eight races, with a highest finish of fourth.

Also to be decided this weekend is who will be the 2019 Moto2 rookie of the year. Fabio Di Giannantonio currently leads by six points from Enea Bastianini while outsider, Jorge Martin, is twelve points behind Bastianini and eighteen points behind Di Giannantonio. All three failed to finish in the points last time out in Malaysia, although Martin is in better form having finished on the podium in the two races prior to Malaysia.

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A closer target for Martin is attempting to overhaul the seven point gap he has to Iker Lecuona who is directly ahead of him in the standings, especially as Lecuona will be racing in MotoGP this weekend. Martin also has Tetsuta Nagashima five points behind him going into this weekend’s finale, the Japanese rider having been classified inside the points in three of the last four races.

Nagashima may be hoping to overhaul Martin but he is only two points ahead of his teammate, Remy Gardner, who is in similar form to Nagashima. While a further six points behind Nagashima is Xavi Vierge who has had a difficult end to the season having retired from three of the last five races, although he was fourth in the race prior to this weekend.

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Nicolo Bulega has had a strong end to the season having finished in the points in four of the last five races, it means that he is two points ahead of Andrea Locatelli going into this weekend’s race. Locatelli has only been inside the top fifteen in two of the last five races ahead of the Moto2 season finale.

Lastly, Dominique Aegerter has finished inside the points in two of the last three races which has got him to within two points of Marco Bezzecchi. Another minor points haul in Valencia could see the Swiss rider draw level with or even surpass the Italian.

 

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