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Grand Prix Of Valencia preview and predictions: Huewen expects the Vinales resurgence to continue and explains why the Yamaha man has hit a rich vein of form

Keith Huewen is in the hot seat taking on BTSport.com in the prediction battle for the final time this season, with the scores level and glory there for the taking!

It’s all come down to this. The last race of the MotoGP season and with it the final points on offer as Keith Huewen takes on BTSport.com.

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If you needed a reminder for the final time, 10 points are awarded for correctly predicting a rider’s position on the podium or five if they finish elsewhere in the top three.

As ever you can watch each session from all three classes across the race weekend on TV or via live stream on the BT Sport app and BTSport.com.

Here are the overall standings after 18 rounds:

Round MotoGP team BTSport.com
Qatar 10 10
Argentina 15 10
Americas 0 0
Jerez 15 10
Le Mans 10 20
Mugello 10 20
Catalunya 10 10
Assen 15 5
Germany 20 10
Czech Republic 10 15
Austria 10 20
Great Britain 15 10
San Marino 5 15
Aragon 20 10
Thailand 10 20
Japan 15 10
Australia 10 10
Malaysia 15 10
Total: 215 215

Despite Maverick Vinales' win last time we're still favouring Marc Marquez to edge him this weekend, with Fabio Quartararo to go well at a track that has favoured Yamaha in the past. What about you?

“I’m going for Maverick Vinales for the win because he’s on brilliant form, the Yamaha works well in Valencia, so I’ve got the feeling he’ll finish his season on a high.

“Second place I’ve gone for Marc Marquez, you can never discount him and the Honda is going to be lively around there but he’s usually able to wrestle it into submission.

“I think Maverick is going to be away and Marc is going to be fighting like hell for second place on this occasion.

“Dovi I’ve gone for in third place although the Ducati might not be as sharp as it has been, particularly of late, so we’ll have to wait and see if he can come up with something.”

Predictions Round 19: Grand Prix of Valencia

Podium position MotoGP team (Huewen) BTSport.com
1st Maverick Vinales Marc Marquez
2nd Marc Marquez Maverick Vinales
3rd Andrea Dovizioso
Fabio Quartararo

Coming into a race weekend when Marquez isn’t the obvious favourite is a rather odd feeling. Do you think that will give Vinales confidence or add a little extra pressure?

“I think Vinales has got over himself. He became so incredibly intense it almost looked like he wasn’t enjoying it.

“Yamaha have made a small step electronically and it’s given Vinales just about what he needs and his confidence has come back, he seems to be enjoying it again.

“So that incredible intensity has backed off a little bit and that usually means you ride a little more freely and it all starts to flow for you.

“And that inspires you to greater things when you’ve got the kind of talent these guys have got and I think that’s what we’re seeing.

“The step Yamaha have made along with the one he has made is why he’s my number one for this weekend.”

Is it important for him to continue this good run of form to put a marker down for next season?

“100%! 100%!

“You finish the year and you go into a ‘longish’ winter, it’s shorter than it used to be, with your head up high and it’s very important.

“The likes of Marquez probably doesn’t need it as much as Vinales might because he’s so incredibly strong mentally.

“Whether it be injury or, I can’t imagine, but perhaps lack of confidence he’s across all his emotions now at 26 but for other riders it’s really important to get to the level you’ve been aiming for all year.”

Marquez has had an unbelievable year, is there a standout moment for you?

“I don’t think I can actually pick one moment with Marquez, it’s just how he does what he does over an entire season.

“The man impresses me more and more every year, and earlier this year I actually Tweeted that he’s now top of my list of all-time riders to watch.

“I’ve seen so many great riders in my years trackside but Marc Marquez on a motorcycle, one that’s not really doing what anyone else would want it to do, he still manages to make it work.

“His natural cat-like ability over a season, to make those saves time and again, is what amazes me.

“As we say every year, Marc Marquez is the only man that can beat Marc Marquez, but even when he gets hurt he’s back to pristine condition immediately.

“The guy is just remarkable and that’s what impresses me most.”

Marquez has the chance to secure the team standings, and with it the triple crown, will he want to win that as a thank you to his team?

“Certainly Honda will hold that in the highest of regard, bearing in mind he’s pretty much the one man band that’s done that for Honda.

“I think first and foremost he’ll be thinking about winning his last race but that will automatically give Honda what they want as well.

“The other thing we don’t often think about is that he’s across all the PR and politics of Honda and you look at what he does in all their big markets worldwide.

“So he’ll be aware of that and he’ll want to do it for Honda for sure.”

He obviously won here last year but traditionally Dovi hasn’t always gone too well in Valencia. Does the fact you’ve put him in your top three underpin the fact that he is so consistent and can always challenge for a podium?

“Is Dovi ever going to win a MotoGP world title? I would say probably not. It’s harsh but I would say probably not.

“He is a great motorcycle rider and gets the very best out of himself and his machine. If you look back most of his team-mates have had a job to beat him.

“He’s very, very good. But if he was that good I’d have put him first. And I think despite his quality that base line won’t be good enough.”