Cheste (Spain) – Heavy rain, falling waterfall and 15-year-old Turkish driver Can Öncü have marked the Valencia Grand Prix, the last meeting of the 2018 Speed Motorcycle Championship, won by Andrea Dovizioso in the MotoGP category.
The Italian Ducati rider, deputy world champion for the second year in a row, won the race interspersed falling and interrupted due to bad weather conditions on the Ricard Tormo circuit.
Spanish world champion Marc Marquez (Honda), who seems to release his left shoulder, which must be operated in early December, Spanish poleman Maverick Vinales (Yamaha) or Italy Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Pramac) and Andrea Iannone (Suzuki) do error.
The result is an unexpected podium: Spaniard Alex Rins (Suzuki), a man in the form of a moment, leads the first race but is quickly defeated by "Dovi"In the second, defeated Pol compatriot Espargaro (KTM), who was never put in a box in the queen category.
"That's crazy, react to the winner. At first, I didn't have a lot of sensations and Rins so fast that I couldn't follow it. Gradually, I am faster and it becomes dangerous. I am proud not to fall because there is too much water on the track."
"We made a few modifications to the bicycle and changed tires for the second race, it worked better, I was able to push as much as I wanted and it was too much for others. This is good for completing the Championship on it", he congratulated me.
– Zarco "proud and happy"-
This is also the first podium for KTM since the Austrian brand landed in MotoGP in 2017. Good news for Frenchman Johann Zarco, who will become Espargaro's teammate next year!
The Yamaha Tech3 rider finished 7th and won the best independent driver difference. On the other hand, he did not pass Rins for fifth place in the racer classification.
"It's a complicated Sunday, he said. The rain was very heavy and the surface of the water on the track made it difficult to control (the bike). (…) After the second start, the others are faster, but my goal is to complete and become the first independent driver. It was my main goal at the start of the season and I was very happy to have done it. (…) We have shown a very good level over the past two years, I am proud and happy."
Future testers for KTM, Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, who played the 295 GP and last, had a standing ovation in Honda's garage after finishing 5th place in the race and 11th overall. This was the first time in 18 seasons in the World that he had not taken the podium.
Rossi, who was 13th after falling in the second race when he was in second place, maintained third in the drivers' standings in front of Vinales, forced to retire.
Honda has three times the drivers, builders and teams.
Franco Morbidelli Italia (Honda Marc VDS) is "candidate"This year.
– Öncü made an appointment –
But that is another beginner whose history will retain the name: invited to take the first GP start in Moto3, Can Öncü take advantage of the fall of more experienced drivers to become the youngest winners of Grand Prix motorbikes at 15 years and 115 days.
"This is a great feeling to win for the first time, reacting to people who have the right to test before competing in the 2019 season with Red Bull KTM Ajo. I do not understand what happened! I am very happy, I am in the best team, I will try to do it again next year!"
The pilot, born on July 26, 2003, defeated England's Scott Redding, who made history in 2008 by winning the 125cc British Grand Prix at 15 years and 170 days.
The last to win at the beginning of the GP was Japan Noboru Ueda in 125 cc in Japan in 1991.
Öncü won this year the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, the front room of the World Championship, in front of his twin Deniz, present to attend his victory … and gave him a signal to delay because of his superiority: up to eight seconds!