Lorenzo victorious on Yamaha farewell

Lorenzo victorious on Yamaha farewell

13 November 2016 – Jorge Lorenzo ended his and Yamaha's win drought as he cruised to victory on his last start for the manufacturer at Valencia's Ricardo Tormo Circuit.

Ducati-bound Lorenzo had not win since May and endured a difficult run of races, but controlled proceedings from pole position in the final round of the campaign.

Lorenzo maintained the lead into Turn 1 and stormed clear of the pack, holding a 4.5-second lead mid-distance as a litany of rivals scrapped over second position.

Andrea Iannone initially held second as he and Valentino Rossi swapped places on several occasions, before being joined by the slow-starting Marc Márquez.

Márquez worked his way past Rossi before completing an aggressive move on Iannone into Turn 3, leaving the Italian duo to battle for third place.

Márquez spent the second part of the race closing the gap to Lorenzo and, while he set a sequence of quick laps to close on his compatriot, Lorenzo was never threatened as he crossed the line 1.1s clear.

Iannone prevailed over Rossi to finish third on his final outing for Ducati, while Maverick Viñales clung to the podium battle initially before fading as he took fifth.

Pol Espargaró beat Andrea Dovizioso by less than a tenth of a second on the drag to the line to take sixth, with Aleix Espargaró just a couple of tenths behind in eighth.

Tech 3 Yamaha's Bradley Smith finished ninth, in front of Aprilia's Álvaro Bautista, both competing in their final race with their present teams.

Héctor Barberá followed in 11th, as Danilo Petrucci, Stefan Bradl, Scott Redding and Jack Miller rounded out the points-paying positions.

Eugene Laverty took 16th, ahead of Loris Baz and Tito Rabat, completing the finishers.

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa fell at Turn 2 early on following a strong getaway, while Cal Crutchlow occupied ninth before he crashed out at Turn 14 mid-distance.

Mika Kallio pulled into the pits during the middle stages of the race, ending KTM's debut prematurely, while Yonny Hernández crashed after a couple of laps.

Post-season testing will take place in Valencia on Tuesday and Wednesday

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