Another double date awaits the MotoGP at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. What for years has been the grand finale of the season, this year will be followed by the Portimao race because of the pandemic-related changes to the MotoGP calendar.
With 75 points still available, Andrea Dovizioso's fight for the title certainly can't be considered over notwithstanding the difficulty adapting that he and his motorcycle have experienced throughout 2020. To try to resolve these issues, Michele Pirro took a number of test runs on the Valencian track in order to identify the best configurations for race weekends. So there's still hope, as long as especially cold temperatures don't throw a spanner in the works of the Desmosedici GP. The two races in Spain will see Danilo Petrucci trying to repe at the good performance of Le Mans. Rain isn't too rare in Valencia, which is just fine for Danilo who has shown time and again that he's got what it takes to win on a wet track.
Valencia will also offer the riders of Pramac Racing a chance to redeem themselves after failing to achieve the desired results at Motorland. Jack Miller was especially unlucky, as he was eliminated by an accident at the start of the second race after showing a lot of speed in the qualification runs.
Named after Ricardo Tormo, the circuit has a very tortuous track situated inside a huge basin formed by the stands filled with Spanish fans. It doesn't have a lot of stretches, the motorcycles spending a lot of time of the lap managing the throttle. It is a circuit that therefore requires a very balanced chassis to allow competitive speeds in the corners.