Jorge Lorenzo bid farewell to Yamaha in fitting style with an all-the-way victory in the final MotoGP race of 2016 at Valencia in Spain.

Lorenzo had clinched pole with a sizzling record lap on the YZR-M1 and proved untouchable in his last race for Yamaha after a nine-year association ahead of his switch to the factory Ducati team.

The three-time premier class champion led all the way at the Ricardo Tormo circuit as he closed out an emotional win from the hard-charging Marc Marquez on the Repsol Honda and the impressive Andrea Iannone, who finished third in his final race for Ducati before his move to Suzuki for 2017.


With Lorenzo getting the jump from pole, Iannone made the most ground as he slotted into second place on the Desmosedici GP16. Maverick Vinales (Ecstar Suzuki) , who also started from row two, Valentino Rossi on the Movistar Yamaha and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) took up the chase behind Lorenzo after world champion Marquez fluffed his lines when a fast start was crucial.

A battle raged for second place with nine-time world champion Rossi moving to the front of the group after putting a move on Vinales, but Iannone refused to go away and the Italian, who only returned from injury at Sepang in Malaysia, soon found a way past Rossi as Lorenzo continued to pull clear at the front.

However, Marquez was now on the move and the world champion picked off his rivals to take up the chase behind Lorenzo. The Honda rider produced a stirring performance in the closing stages of the race and reduced Lorenzo's deficit by more than three seconds, but ultimately Marquez had left himself with too much to do and he was forced to settle for a battling runner-up result in the end.

Iannone and Rossi engaged in a duel for the final place on the podium and it seemed the nine-time world champion had made the decisive move on the Yamaha, but Iannone fought back and snatched third with a hard move on the Doctor before opening a cushion of one second by the finish.

Vinales, having his last race on the Suzuki before he teams up with Rossi at Movistar Yamaha, finished fifth on the GSX-RR, with Pol Espargaro getting the verdict in sixth on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha after flashing across the line with Dovizioso, who dropped back after experiencing grip issues on the Ducati.

Aleix Espargaro was a close eighth on the Ecstar Suzuki ahead of Britain's Bradley Smith, who was another rider making his final appearance for his current team on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha before joining KTM.

Cal Crutchlow was a faller on the LCR Honda but the English rider still ends the season as the top satellite rider. Dani Pedrosa's race also ended in the gravel when the Repsol Honda rider fell at Turn 2 as he made his comeback from injury.

The top ten was completed by Spain's Alvaro Bautista on the Gresini Aprilia, with Avintia Ducati's Hector Barbera and Danilo Petrucci next, who has won his battle with Pramac team-mate Scott Redding for a GP17 ride next season.

Redding finished in 14th behind Stefan Bradl (Gresini Aprilia) with Jack Miller collecting the final point in 15th on the Marc VDS Honda ahead of Northern Ireland's Eugene Laverty (Aspar Ducati).

Mika Kallio failed to finish the race on the KTM Racing RC16 after developing technical problems with the bike in the manufacturer's MotoGP debut.

Valencia MotoGP:1.Jorge Lorenzo2.Marc Marquez3.Andrea Iannone4.Valentino Rossi5.Maverick Vi?ales6.Pol Espargaro7.Andrea Dovizioso8.Aleix Espargaro9.Bradley Smith10.Alvaro Bautista11.Hector Barbera12.Danilo Petrucci13.Stefan Bradl14.Scott Redding15.Jack Miller16.Eugene Laverty17.Tito Rabat18.Loris Baz
Mika Kallio
Cal Crutchlow
Dani Pedrosa
Yonny Hernandez

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