Aleix Espargaró took home another top-ten placement, closing out the Valencia race in ninth place after a thrilling battle with teammate Iannone, who crashed on the final lap, and finishing ahead of his brother Pol. After starting from the fifteenth spot on the grid, Aleix skilfully moved his way up through the pack, thanks in part to a few crashes, until battling for the spots just outside the top ten. In the end, he gained the upper hand against his brother Pol, taking ninth place.
As per tradition, the final race of the world championship was a special occasion for Aprilia Racing and the Piaggio Group. The RS-GP machines entered the race in the totally red (RED) livery in support of the organisation founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2006 to combat the spreading of HIV. In the last three years, the Piaggio Group’s collaboration with (RED) has ensured more than one million days of treatment for the prevention of hidden transmission of the virus from mothers to children.
“After a weekend with a lot of crashes, I was very cautious in the race. Finishing this long season well was important and I am pleased that I managed to do that. The track conditions were very treacherous today too. I saw other riders ahead of me crash as soon as they tried to increase the pace. Overall, finishing in the top ten is a good result for me and for the guys on the team who have worked hard all season.”
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