MotoGP R20 The Ducati Lenovo Team arrives in Valencia for the final decisive act of the 2023 MotoGP season 

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MotoGP | Round 20 - Valencia GP 2023 | Wednesday 22 November 2023
The Ducati Lenovo Team arrives in Valencia for the final decisive act of the 2023 MotoGP season 

It will be the Circuit Ricardo Tormo of Cheste (Valencia, Spain) to host the final act of the 2023 MotoGP World Championship, and once again, this year, the fate of the World Title will be decided here. 

In Valencia last year, Pecco Bagnaia was crowned MotoGP World Champion for the first time, becoming the first Italian rider on an Italian bike to reach this milestone in the category. The reigning World Champion arrives in Valencia this year with a 21-point advantage over fellow Ducati rider and rival in the title fight Jorge Martín (Pramac Racing Team), thanks to his second place last week at the Qatar GP. 

Teammate Enea Bastianini, who was the protagonist of an excellent race in Qatar which saw him recover from fifteenth on the grid to eighth under the chequered flag and also set the fastest lap on the last lap, arrives in Valencia determined to do well and score another significant result after winning the Malaysian GP in Sepang only a fortnight ago.

Francesco Bagnaia (#1, Ducati Lenovo Team) - 1st (437 points)
"After the Qatar GP, we arrive in Valencia with a 21-point lead over Jorge. They definitely give us a bit more breathing space, but they are still not enough to relax completely. Valencia is a track where we have been fast in the past and where we have the potential to do well. Our approach to the weekend will not change compared to the other races. The goal will always be the same: to work well from the first session on Friday and try to fight for the win in the race. I am calm and looking forward to getting on track for this season's last act".

Enea Bastianini (#23, Ducati Lenovo Team) - 15th (84 points)
"We have reached the last race of the season. It's been a really complicated year for us, and I'd like to close it out in the best possible way. Last weekend in Qatar, we took a long time to find our speed: on Friday, we were out of Q2 because of the yellow flags, and on Saturday morning, I was held up in Q1 by another rider, but in any case, I didn't have the same pace as the others. Then, on Sunday, in the second half of the race, my feeling changed, and I was able to have a competitive pace. The team is working these days to understand why, and in Valencia, we'll try to be fast already from Friday's free practice".

The Ducati Lenovo Team riders will take to the track for the first free practice session on Friday, 24th November, at 10:45am. The Sprint race (13 laps) and the Valencia GP (27 laps) will be held on Saturday, 25th and Sunday, 26th November at 3:00pm local time, respectively.

Circuit Information

Country: Spain
Name: Circuit Ricardo Tormo
Best lap: Bagnaia (Ducati), 1:31.042 (158,3 km/h) - 2021
Circuit Record: Lorenzo (Yamaha), 1:29.401 (161,2 km/h) – 2016
Top Speed: Dovizioso (Ducati), 337,0 km/h - 2020
Track Length: 4,01 km
Sprint Distance: 13 laps (52,13 km)
Race Distance: 27 laps (108,14 km)
Corners: 14 (9 left, 5 right)

2022 Results
Podium:  1° Rins (Suzuki); 2° Binder (KTM), 3° Martín (Ducati)
Pole Position: Martín (Ducati), 1:29.621 (160,8 km/h)
Fastest Lap: Binder (KTM), 1:31.192 (158,1 km/h)

Rider Information

Francesco Bagnaia
Bike: Desmosedici GP
Race Number: 1
GP Starts: 190 (85 x MotoGP, 36 x Moto2, 69 x Moto3)
First GP: Qatar 2019 (MotoGP), Qatar 2017 (Moto2), Qatar 2013 (Moto3)
Wins: 27 (17 MotoGP + 8 Moto2 + 2 Moto3)
Sprint Wins: 4
First GP Win: Aragón 2021 (MotoGP), Qatar 2018 (Moto2), Netherlands 2016 (Moto3)
Pole position: 25 (18 MotoGP + 6 Moto2 + 1 Moto3)
First pole: Qatar 2021 (MotoGP), France 2018 (Moto2), Britain 2016 (Moto3)
World Titles: 2 (MotoGP 2022, Moto2 2018)

Enea Bastianini
Bike: Desmosedici GP
Race Number: 23
GP Starts: 169 (48 x MotoGP, 33 x Moto2, 88 x Moto3)
First GP: Qatar 2021 (MotoGP), Qatar 2019 (Moto2), Qatar 2014 (Moto3)
Wins: 11 (5 MotoGP + 3 Moto2 + 3 Moto3)
First GP Win: Qatar 2022 (MotoGP), Andalucía 2020 (Moto2), San Marino 2015 (Moto3)
Pole position: 10 (1 MotoGP + 9 Moto3)
First pole: Austria 2022 (MotoGP), Catalunya 2015 (Moto3)
World Titles: 1 (Moto2 2020)

Championship Information

Riders' Standings
Francesco Bagnaia (#1 Ducati Lenovo Team) – 1º (437 points)
Enea Bastianini (#23 Ducati Lenovo Team) - 15° (84 points)

Constructors' Standings
Ducati – 1º (663 points)

Teams' Standings
Ducati Lenovo Team – 2º (531 points)