MotoGP: Casey Stoner hopes to bow out with victory in Valencia

Valencia MotoGP

  • Venue: Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana, Valencia
  • Saturday 10 November: Qualifying 09:50-12:00, Red Button/online
  • Sunday 11 November: Moto2 & 3 races, Red Button/online 09:50-12:00; MotoGP race BBC2 & BBC HD 12:30-14:00 and on BBC Sport website. MotoGP Extra, 1400-1430, Red Button/online

After seven months, 17 races, thousands of air miles and 2,375 points, the MotoGP season comes to an end in Valencia this weekend.

While the main prize has already been decided, with Jorge Lorenzo sealing the championship last time out in Australia, we are in for a treat in Spain.

Home rider Lorenzo is a worthy winner after a consistent season, and he will be one of three main contenders - along with Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner - when the gloves come off in Valencia.

MotoGP standings

  • Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) - 350 points
  • Dani Pedrosa (Spa) - 307 points
  • Casey Stoner (Aus) - 238 points
  • Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) - 208 points
  • Alvaro Bautista (Spa) - 165 points

All will want to finish on a high note.

Lorenzo wants to prove he is a worthy champion; Pedrosa has lost the championship but will want to prove that he is the fastest man out there; and Stoner will be taking part in his final race before retirement.

He's about to walk away from MotoGP and what better way than with a win?

Jorge and Dani are both obviously back in Spain in front of their home fans and they have all got nothing to lose. But who wants it most?

Cal Crutchlow, who has scored more points in a season than any British rider for years, probably needs one of the top three to have a problem if he is to make the podium.

He has had a very solid season and is a real contender for top-three finishes in the future.

He has mixed it with the top guys all year and he has been brilliant. Already, we can't wait to see how he does next year. We haven't had a British winner since before Cal was born 27 years ago but those days may be coming to an end.

Recent Valencia winners

  • 2011 - Casey Stoner
  • 2010 - Jorge Lorenzo
  • 2009 - Dani Pedrosa
  • 2008 - Casey Stoner
  • 2007 - Dani Pedrosa

The other rider who has really stood out for me this season is Stefan Bradl. He has done extremely well in his debut year after winning the Moto2 championship in 2011 and has equipped himself well. He has done so much better than we expected and is another one to watch in the new year.

Valencia is a real twisty track, and it's physically hard work for the riders on a MotoGP bike. The circuit winds itself backwards and forwards but the good news is that it is on a small footprint so as a spectator you can see most of the track from wherever you sit.

Some of those fans may be staying on, like me, as the riders have a post-season test early next week.

We will get to see Valentino Rossi back on a Yamaha after two disastrous years with Ducati. The Italian called the sport 'boring' recently, and his sport needs him back to his best.

I wonder how fast he will be from the start? We'll all find out next week...

Steve's Valencia predictions:

1. Casey Stoner 2. Dani Pedrosa 3. Jorge Lorenzo

Steve Parrish was talking to BBC Sport's Tom Rostance