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2021 Valencia MotoGP - Saturday Practice & Qualifying LIVE!

Last Updated: 13 Nov 2021 - 11:54

Live updates, quotes and results from Saturday Practice and Qualifying for the 2021 Valencia MotoGP at the Ricardo Tormo circuit!

The 2021 season and Valentino Rossi's legendary MotoGP career reaches its conclusion at this weekend's Valencia finale.

Rossi will bow out of the sport on Sunday after 26 years in grand prix racing, during which he has tasted victory 115 times and celebrated nine world championships.

The only current rider anywhere near such dizzying heights is eight-time champion Marc Marquez, but the Honda rider will finish the season where he started it – on the sidelines - due to vision problems triggered by a recent training accident.

Newly crowned world champion Fabio Quartararo and closest rival Francesco Bagnaia lead the favourites for victory this weekend.

Bagnaia will be looking to continue a run of three wins and five podiums from the last seven, with Quartararo winless since Silverstone and aiming to bounce back from his first race crash of the season, last weekend at Portimao.

Ducati's one-three finish in Portugal confirmed the factory as the 2021 constructors' champions as well as a 28-point lead (maximum of 45 points still available) over Monster Yamaha for the teams' title, which will be settled on Sunday.

Former world champion Joan Mir returned to frontrunning form in Portimao and now has just one chance left to salvage a race victory from the 2021 campaign, at a circuit where he took his only MotoGP win to date one year ago.

Bagnaia's team-mate Jack Miller ended his podium drought in Portimao and fought for victory with Franco Morbidelli in the second Valencia event last season. The Australian will also be among the favourites if the forecast showers materialise this weekend.

While the top three places in the world championship have been decided for Quartararo, Bagnaia and Mir, Miller holds a slender two-point lead over Pramac Ducati's Johann Zarco for fourth place.

Just behind them, KTM's Brad Binder only needs to score one point to snatch sixth position from the absent Marc Marquez.

Aprilia riders Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales are separated by seven points in the battle for eighth, but with Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda), Alex Rins (Suzuki), Enea Bastianini (Avintia Ducati), Miguel Oliveira (KTM) and Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) all also within mathematical reach of Aleix.

Sunday's race will also mark the final MotoGP outings for Tech3 KTM riders Danilo Petrucci and Iker Lecuona, who will be replaced by Moto2 stars Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez next season.

The Moto2 world championship is the only title still to be decided, although Gardner starts the finale with what should be a 'safe' 23-point lead over team-mate Fernandez…

But the pressure is off for fellow Ajo rider and newly crowned champion Pedro Acosta in Moto3.

The rookie will now aim to sign off his short but spectacular Moto3 career with a seventh win, while rival Dennis Foggia tries to erase last weekend's heartache with his sixth victory of 2021.

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Antonelli, Garcia, Artigas and Lorenzo Fellon have advanced to Q2.


Masia is out in Q1 after having his final lap deleted, while Antonelli has gone fastest. 


Sasaki has crashed for the second time - looks like a highside at turn 1.


Garcia goes fastest by nearly two tenths.


Garcia is on a good lap and needs it as he's ninth at present. 


Xavier Artigas is currently fastest as riders head back to pit lane before run #2. 


It was a front end spill for the Japanese rider.


Ayumu Sasaki has gone down at turn 8.


Some big names in Q1 as Niccolo Antonelli, Jaume Masia, Sergio Garcia and Kaito Toba will all be looking to advance. 


The first of three qualifying sessions at Valencia is set begin with Moto3. 


Raul Fernandez has finished quickest from Vierge, A. Fernandez, Sam Lowes and Fabio Di Giannantonio. Gardner P10.


Raul Fernandez has moved to the top with under five minutes to go, while Gardner is only 13th and in danger of losing an automatic Q2 place. 


Augusto Fernandez has now gone quickest, while Raul Fernandez is third and championship leader Remy Gardner seventh.


Marcos Ramirez, who is currently fastest in this session has crashed at turn 4.


Soon-to-be WorldSBK rider Hafizh Syahrin has crashed at the final corner.


Dimas Ekky Pratama has also crashed at turn 4. 


Tony Arbolino has gone down at the start of Moto2 FP3 - turn 4.


MotoGP FP3 - Results: A.Espargaro, Miller, Morbidelli, Bagnaia...CLICK HERE for the full results


Aleix Espargaro finishes fastest from Miller, Morbidelli, Bagnaia and Martin. 


Rossi has secured direct progress to Q2 after finishing tenth. 


Iker Lecuona has crashed at turn 2.


Aleix Espargaro has gone quickest by less than half a tenth.