MARTIN WRAPS UP 2017 IN STYLE WITH MAIDEN WIN AT VALENCIA

After nine pole position and eight podium finishes, Jorge Martin took a well-deserved maiden Moto3 World Championship win today after a superb performance at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo Circuit – the track which hosted this weekend the season finale of MotoGP.

After heading the field in both previous days – except for FP1 – the Spanish rider of team Del Conca Gresini Moto3 kept a cool head and a superb pace for all the 24 laps of the encounter around the twisty 4km home track to clinch a long-awaited first trip to the top step of the rostrum.

It was a Sunday to forget for Fabio Di Giannantonio, who had his eyes set on the podium before a scary coming together with Ramirez on the main straight – from which he fortunately escaped unhurt.

“This was a superb and crucial win for Jorge” says an ecstatic team Manager Fausto Gresini“who deserved it all year long. It was tough year for him due to the injury, but he was able to wrap it up in style. It was a difficult end to what was an up-and-down season for Fabio, but he did quite well anyway this year. I’m pretty sure next year our team is going to be even more competitive!”