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MOTOGP | VALENCIA GP

Lorenzo signs off at Yamaha with Valencia win

The three-time world champion signed off his nine-year Yamaha career with victory in the Valencia Grand Prix on Sunday, the final event of the 2016 season.

Jorge Lorenzo y Marc Márquez en el podio de Valencia.
Manuel Bruque EFE

A victorious farewell

Spain's Ducati-bound triple world champion Jorge Lorenzo signed off from Yamaha with a farewell victory, in his 250th grand prix, in front of his home crowd in MotoGP's Valencia season-ender on Sunday. The Spaniard, who had already handed over his title to compatriot Marc Marquez, held off a late charge from Honda's newly crowned triple champion to win by 1.185 seconds at the Ricardo Tormo track in eastern Spain.

Iannone denies Rossi

Italian Andrea Iannone, who is making way for Lorenzo at Ducati and joining Suzuki in 2017, finished third to deny Yamaha's Valentino Rossi a final podium appearance of the season.

A hard-fought win

Lorenzo's victory was Yamaha's first since June, and his third of the year, but Marquez made him sweat before he could start celebrating his 44th win. The younger Spaniard, second on the grid with Lorenzo on pole, fell back to sixth at the start as Iannone and Rossi surged ahead but regained second with 10 laps to go and then steadily closed the gap.