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      Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP to go all out in 2023 season finale

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      Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli are ready to face the competition one last time this 2023 MotoGP season at the upcoming Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana, held this weekend at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

      The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team have travelled straight from Qatar to Valencia, Spain, to wrap up the 2023 MotoGP season at this weekend‘s big finale, the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana.

      Fabio Quartararo showed good race pace again during the Qatar GP and is eager to try his luck in Valencia. With the track recently resurfaced, the Frenchman is looking forward to seeing if this will add to his performance level. He holds ninth place in the overall standings and would like nothing better than to delight his fans by equalling or bettering his best result at the Ricardo Tormo track: the second place he scored here in 2019.

      Franco Morbidelli is holding thirteenth place in the overall rankings and is keen to wrap up the final triple-header with a top result. The Valencia GP will be his last race weekend with the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team, and he and his crew are fully motivated to end their time together on a high note. The Italian is competitive at Ricardo Tormo and has visited the Valencian rostrum multiple times. He secured third place in 2016 and second place in 2017 in the Moto2 class, and in the premier class he rode to a brilliant win in the second race in Valencia in 2020.

      The 4.0 km Circuit Ricardo Tormo was built in 1999 and was immediately added to the MotoGP calendar. The Valencian GP was soon known as a must-be-at event, especially when it became the traditional closing round to the MotoGP championship from 2002 onward. The circuit is often described as quite challenging. Its layout includes nine left corners, five right ones, an 876m longest straight, and is ran anti-clockwise. The stadium-style grandstands provide a perfect view of all parts of the track as the riders go head-to-head one final time this year.

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      Fabio Quartararo: “My race pace in Qatar was really good. I hope that it will be like that in Valencia too. Last year didn‘t go too bad there. I think this year we might be able to do well again. We have to keep a positive mindset and keep the good results going until the end of the season. I think the new surface in Valencia will be good. I heard there‘s a lot of grip now, so hopefully we can make a great Sprint and Race.”

      Franco Morbidelli: “The Qatar GP didn‘t go the way we wanted, but we will leave that behind us now because we need to focus on Valencia. This will be my last GP with the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team, which adds some extra emotion to this weekend. I want to end our run together in the best way possible and make some final nice memories with the crew, so that is the goal.”

      Via Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP