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The pressure is released but the stakes remain high as Moto3 prepares to end the season in style in Valencia.
After a spectacular Moto3 race final in the Algarve, the title is decided and the pressure is released as the paddock heads north for Valencia and the final showdown of the season.
New champion Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) can now take off the gloves, and Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing) has a chance to end the season on a high with a win. But looking at the track records, it could actually be Sergio GarcÃa (Valresa GASGAS Aspar Team) leading the shots at Circuit Ricardo Tormo this weekend.
Garcia made a stunning comeback to the Algarve GP, recovering from his injuries to clinch his very first pole position. He said he was 100% fit and looked like it on Sunday, fighting for the podium before being caught in the incident which also brought down Foggia. Could he have faced the Italian and Acosta on the last lap? We’ll never know, but we know he would probably try.
We’ve seen GarcÃa become a quick and reliable favorite this season, with some well-judged aggression when needed, and now is the time to take his track at home – where he claimed his first Grand Prix victory and where he was. the driver to beat also in FIM CEV Repsol … can he get back on the highest step to end the season in style?
Acosta and Foggia will certainly fight, as will Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team) and NiccolÃ² Antonelli (Avintia VR46 Academy) fresh off the podium. Ayumu Sasaki (Red Bull KTM Tech3) had a strong run in sixth despite a long lap alongside Izan Guevara (Valresa GASGAS Aspar Team) after a more under-the-radar weekend for the rookie – but another good collection of points. Darryn Binder (Petronas Sprinta Racing) will also want to redeem himself for the accident that brought down GarcÃa and Foggia, and leave Moto3 on a high note before his jump into the premier class.
The championship is over, but there is still a lot at stake in the final round of the season. Can Acosta grab another victory en route to Moto2? Will Foggia immediately regain his leadership in the race? Or did GarcÃa come back to spoil the party?