The Ducati Team returns to Europe after the four races in the east, where Andrea Dovizioso made two appearances on the podium in Japan and Malaysia. A result that in some ways may seem below expectations, but that instead confirmed the competitiveness of the Desmosedici GP on all the tracks, allowing the rider from Forlì to reconfirm his position as vice world champion for the third consecutive year. So, for Andrea it will be a weekend with a little less pressure since he can focus exclusively on the race.
It's also time for Danilo Petrucci to focus on finishing well since third place is out of reach and he has to protect his fifth position, with an outside chance of rising to fourth in the final standings. Danilo has done well this year, a season crowned by his victory at Mugello, and it will be important to take advantage of this weekend and the tests that follow to begin to lay the foundation for a successful 2020.
Michele Pirro will also be a factor in the race, as usual racing in Valencia as a wild card. For the Ducati riders in the days following the race there will be a delicious preview of the next season, with all the teams involved in end-of-year test runs on the Valencia track.
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.
As is now customary for the final race of the season, the fans in the Ducati Grandstand will cheer boisterously for the Ducati riders. Located in one of the most spectacular points of the track, just off curve 2, the grandstands will host local Ducatistas and Ducati fans from all over Europe who travel to Valencia to visit the city and enjoy the concluding appointment of the MotoGP season.