Before we dive into a side by side performance comparison between Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso and Suzuki rider Alex Rins, we would like to congratulate all teams and riders who made it across the finish line at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo. This year’s Valencia Grand Prix was brutal, dangerous conditions to say the least, and with 9 out of the 24 riders crashing out in the first half, we take our hats off to those who went back out and finished the race.
All eyes were on Andrea Dovizoso and Alex Rins who led the pack throughout almost the entire race. Although Dovizioso was able to pull away after the restart, their indexes for the entire race proved to show general similarities with subtle differences on each sector.
Let’s break it down by sector:
Point 1 for Rins! The Suzuki rider maintained incredible consistency through Sector 1 and additionally, held a higher speed index than his Ducati opponent. Why was T1 such a crucial sector for Rins to claim? Because this sector is the second longest sector on the circuit, allowing him more ground to cover at a faster, more consistent pace than Dovizioso.
Sector 2 was not a clear win for either leading rider as Rins held a higher consistency through this technical section but Dovizioso maintained a faster pace throughout the entire race. Sector 2 saw a lot of action throughout the race as crowds saw numerous high sides coming out of the first turn. Because this sector gave riders so much trouble, it was crucial during the race to ride a safe, consistent line though the sector with the most elevation change.
Ducati territory – point 1 for Dovizioso! With both a stronger consistency index and stronger speed index, Dovizioso used this shorter sector to his advantage as we saw him pull away from Rins more and more each lap.
Mirroring the index outcomes of sector 2, Dovizioso held a faster speed index while Rins dominated in consistency. Standing as the longest sector on the circuit, Sector 4 encompasses the second most elevation change out of all sectors with a downhill turn into the longest straight section.
It was a big win for Andrea Dovizioso as the 2018 MotoGP season comes to an end and he welcomes his new teammate, Danilo Petrucci. Congratulations to both Ducati and Suzuki for a hard fought podium finish in some of the most harsh conditions we have seen this season!