Jordi Torres & Nico Terol head for home & last race of 2014
The stadium-style theatre of the Ricardo Tormo Circuit provides the perfect venue for the MotoGP World Championship curtain call this weekend, with the grandstands sure to be packed out for the season finale.
The Spanish fans always come out in force to support the home riders and after three ‘flyaway’ races the paddock is happy to be back in Europe for one final showdown at this tight, twisty and technical circuit.
The GP de la Comunidad Valenciana is always an exciting appointment for the MAPFRE Aspar Team’s Moto2 riders but this season it holds extra significance as they look to end a disappointing season in style.
Nico Terol and Jordi Torres scored a famous one-two in this Grand Prix last season and Terol has unforgettable memories of the 2011 event here, when he was crowned 125cc World Champion.
It is also an emotional weekend for the pair as they contest their final race with the MAPFRE Aspar Team before heading off for pastures new in 2015.
“I want to sign off in style in the last race of what has been a tough season. The bike works perfectly at Valencia, we showed that last year in what was a brilliant race for myself and Nico. That one-two is a base for us to work from this weekend and I am sure that like myself, Nico wants to say goodbye to the team that has given us the most in a positive way. Valencia is always special for us, it is a different weekend to anywhere else and the support of the home fans gives you an extra boost. I am sure it will be a nice but intense weekend and I am excited about Sunday’s race. It is a demanding circuit but I like it and it suits our bike.”
“We are almost at the end of a very difficult season for me but to have my future sorted for next season means I can go to Valencia feeling more relaxed. This is a special Grand Prix for me – I won here last year, I will have all my friends and family here and I even have a corner named after me. I always ride well at Valencia and even though it has not been a good season for us we are going to finish it well; one way or another. Valencia is where I feel at ease, it is where this bike felt best in testing and we did a good job with it there. I achieved my dream of becoming World Champion together with the Aspar Team and I owe a huge part of my career to this team. After five years together I want to say goodbye in the right way. I think we all deserve a good result.”
Source: Aspar Media