Dani Pedrosa will say goodbye to racing this weekend, at the scene of his maiden Grand Prix podium back in 2001.
He is the rider with the best record at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo: Seven wins –including a victory last season– plus twelve further podium finishes, five pole positions and seven race fastest laps.
Besides the races in Argentina, Italy and Australia, Marc Márquez has been on the podium at every round this season, winning more than half of the races (nine from seventeen).
The MotoGP World Champion has been on the rostrum at Valencia for the last seven years, winning the GP in 2012 and 2014.
2018 Valencian GP - Marc Márquez & Dani Pedrosa's statements
It was great to celebrate the title a few days ago in my hometown with my family, people and fan club, and now I’m looking forward to celebrating the seventh World Championship with all the fans in Valencia. Of course we won’t have the pressure we had last year, when the title was still at stake, but our mentality will be exactly the same because we want to finish the year in a good way.
Now we’re very, very close to achieving the Team Championship, and we’ll try our best to get it so as to complete the Triple Crown, which is important for us and for Honda, and which would be the perfect end to this season. I don’t want to lose the momentum or the way I’m riding at the moment, so I’ll try and focus like always for the entire weekend, and to fight for the win on Sunday.
Clearly, the next race in Valencia will be a bit special, as it will be my final race, so the feeling will be different than usual. It’s also going to be busy, because many of my people, friends and family will come there wishing to spend time together.
Anyway, when I climb on my bike, my entire focus will be on riding. I like the track as it’s one of my favourites on the calendar, and of course I’ll try and get the best result possible on Sunday.