Anyone who has seen a short track dirt track race understands how things work at Valencia. There is the race into turn one, and there is the finish of the race. More often than not the fastest qualifier–pole sitter–wins the race.
Thousands of miles away from Memorial Stadium in Daytona, Valencia is a bull-ring of a track. It has shown itself to be one of the hardest places to pass on the MotoGP calendar. Many times the fastest man in qualifying wins the race. It’s the nature of the short track–laps at Valencia are fraught with frantic battles of men versus their machines–trying to stay on the racing line, not crash and at the same time pass, and trying not to lose touch with the front pack. Unless a rider is able to score pole and drop the hammer at the start. Get through turn one cleanly and stay on line until the checkered flag.
Since 2010 the winner of the race at Valencia has been–five of seven races–the pole sitter.