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Who impressed you most at Valencia?

Who impressed you most at Valencia?
The 800cc MotoGP era hasn't provided many close finishes, but Sunday's Valencia season finale certainly bucked the trend - Casey Stoner overtaking Ben Spies to win by just 0.015sec.

Of course, the damp track played a large part in the exciting outcome - Stoner's ten-second lead suddenly vanishing when the spots of rain intensified. The world champion also could have settled for second after losing the lead to Spies, but proved he is true racer by pushing to the limit to reel the Texan back in.

While Stoner's tenth victory of the season was surely one of his most memorable, Spies deserves credit for overcoming another heavy fall to almost get the better of all three factory Hondas. The Yamaha rider spent much of the race tussling with Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso for second, before suddenly gaining on Stoner.

Dovizioso's season, and Honda career, also ended on a high by finishing ahead of Pedrosa to secure a best yet third in the world championship.

Cal Crutchlow will also remember the final race of the 800cc era with a smile, having scored his best MotoGP finish of fourth and beat Karel Abraham to rookie of the year with a last lap pass.

Even newer to MotoGP were Katsuyuki Nakasuga and Josh Hayes, deputising for Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) and Colin Edwards (Tech 3) respectively at Valencia. Both could barely have dreamed of finishing sixth and seventh in their very first MotoGP race.

In the Moto2 class Michele Pirro scored an emotional debut victory, honouring the memory of countryman and fellow Gresini rider Marco Simoncelli in perfect fashion.

The last ever 125cc race saw a fourth victory of the season for rookie star Maverick Vinales - cheered on by team sponsor Paris Hilton - while Nico Terol claimed the final 125cc world title having won eight of the 16 races he started.

Those are just some of our highlights. We want to hear your opinion on the racing at Misano and who stood out for you?

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