The last chapter of 2018 MotoGP was almost a washout. The rain fell on Valencia with watery relish. Storms and showers thoroughly coated the Spanish facility on the east coast from the moment the paddock began to assemble on Thursday and lasted well into Sunday evening when teams were busy making the initial preparations for the first 2019 test less than forty-eight hours later.
Brief moments of respite helped the nineteenth round of nineteen take place at the flat and compact Ricardo Tormo circuit. This was none more evident midway through the MotoGP race on Sunday afternoon. Only fifteen riders remained on two wheels through the mirror-like conditions on the asphalt, and after a particular heavy downpour (that had claimed Movistar Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales at high speed and stopped his challenge to teammate Valentino Rossi for third position in the final championship standings) a damp red flag was waved.