The MotoGP calendar moves on to Valencia this weekend where, despite Marc Marquez having already sealed world title success, teams will be hoping to finish the season on a high.
After 18 hard-fought races, the riders will doubtless be keen to put on one last show before the offseason break.
While the title may have been decided, there is still honour up for grabs elsewhere in the riders' standings, where just a handful of points separate two challengers.
On the streets of Valencia, who will emerge victorious?
Schedule and Streaming Information
|Valencia MotoGP Schedule|
|Session||Date||Time (GMT)||Live Stream|
|Free Practice 3||Sat, Nov. 8||09.55-10.40||BT Sport app (subscription required)|
|Free Practice 4||Sat, Nov. 8||13.30-14.00||BT Sport app (subscription required)|
|Qualifying 1||Sat, Nov. 8||14.10-14.25||BT Sport app (subscription required)|
|Qualifying 2||Sat, Nov. 8||14.35-14.50||BT Sport app (subscription required)|
|Race||Sun, Nov. 9||14.00||BT Sport app (subscription required)|
Full BT Sport scheduling information can be found at sport.bt.cpm.
World Championship Standings
|Current MotoGP Championship Standings|
|8||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||SPA||117|
Two seasons in MotoGP and two world titles to his name, the 21-year-old from Spain is proving to be a truly special talent with the potential to rank among the very best in the sport's history.
A winner last time out, Marquez has won 12-of-17 races this season and raced clear in the drivers' standings. He is in danger, despite his incredible talent, of making the sport somewhat boring.
However, speaking to MotoGP.com's After The Flag, Marquez said this second season was more difficult than his debut campaign:
This year it was more difficult to manage the pressure. Last year everything was ok. If I crashed it was ok, people said ‘it’s his first year he needs to learn’. But this year it was like, you must do it.
Already in preseason the target was the title. The pressure was difficult to manage. People can say ‘it’s easy because he won the first ten races in a row’, but it was not like that.
Marquez, though, handles pressure incredibly well. Last season he finished third in Valencia in his first MotoGP race at the venue and he will hope to improve on that this time around.
A seven-time world champion across a 14-year career, Rossi is on course for his best finish in the riders' standings for five years, having briefly seemed to drift off the radar in terms of the title hunt.
The Italian's two race wins this season rank as his best performance in that respect since 2010 and he will be keen to finish 2014 with a third win to put himself in a strong position ahead of next year.
Kent rider Danny Webb is among those who think he will build upon what has been a good season, telling the Kent and Sussex Courier:
Rossi is back on it and I think next year, it'll be a different story. Marc will still be the man to beat, but Rossi will be a lot closer.
I also think Scott Redding will go well next year. He won't be up to Marc Marquez standard, but he'll be up there.
It would be great for the sport if Rossi—a true superstar of the past decade—were to return to the top and he will hope to use this weekend's race through Valencia's streets to build a platform for next season.
With just one win in 2014, the current season ranks as the worst of Spanish rider Dani Pedrosa's esteemed MotoGP career. Back on his home turf, he could still go some way to putting that record right.
On three separate occasions since arriving at the top of the sport, Pedrosa has finished second in the standings and third on a further three occasions. Fourth this season, then, will be a major concern for the 29-year-old.
Speaking ahead of this week's race Pedrosa said, per Crash.net:
Obviously I'm now out of the race for second or third in the Championship, especially after the events in Malaysia, but I'm looking forward to going to Valencia and finishing the season on a high.
This is always a special race for me, the fans are fantastic and they create a wonderful atmosphere. My results here in the past have been strong and this weekend I hope to repeat this and fight for victory on Sunday!
With three previous wins to his name in Valencia, he will be one to watch this Sunday.