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Old 11-02-2015, 04:20 PM   #1
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Rossi Will Win the 2015 MotoGP World Championship If…

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Lorenzo or Rossi for the 2015 MotoGP World Championship? Post your predictions in the comments below.

In last year’s Valencia GP, the already crowned MotoGP champion Marc Marquez raced to victory ahead of Rossi who had started from pole, with Dani Pedrosa completing the podium. Jorge Lorenzo was forced to retire after taking a gamble and pitting to switch to wets after a brief rain shower. The gamble backfired however, as the heavy rain never came and the Spaniard chewed through his tires, ending his race prematurely.

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Valentino Rossi has competed at every Valencia GP since its introduction in 1999 and finished on the podium in eight out of 16 attempts, but has only tasted victory twice at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, with the Italian taking back-to-back wins in 2003 and 2004. His second placed finish last year was his best result at the track since he achieved the same result in 2009.

Jorge Lorenzo has stood on the top step of the podium at Valencia twice in the premier class in the last four races he has started at the track, but has also recorded two DNFs. His only other MotoGP podium at the track came when he finished third in the 2009 Valencia GP, but he was forced to miss the 2011 race due to injury. If Lorenzo were to lift the title he would become only the third rider to overturn a points deficit at the final round of the season, along with Wayne Rainey (1992) and Nicky Hayden (2006).

The 2015 Malaysian GP saw Jorge Lorenzo cross the line in second, ahead of his rival Rossi in third, to reduce the Italian’s lead from 11 to just seven points with 25 up for grabs in Valencia. However, the nine-time World Champion Rossi received a three-point penalty from Race Direction for his part in the #SepangClash with Marc Marquez. CLICK HERE to see the Malaysian GP results.

The permutations that would see Rossi lift his elusive 10th World Championship title, or Lorenzo make it a hat trick of MotoGP crowns, are below. If both riders were to finish with the same points, then Lorenzo would be champion due to the fact he has more wins than Rossi in 2015 (Lorenzo’s six to Rossi’s four):
  • If Lorenzo wins the race then Rossi needs to finish second to become world champion.*
  • If Lorenzo finishes second then Rossi needs to finish on the podium to become world champion.*
  • If Lorenzo finishes third then Rossi needs to finish sixth or better to become world champion.*
  • If Lorenzo finishes fourth then Rossi needs to finish ninth or better to become world champion.*
  • If Lorenzo finishes fifth to ninth then Rossi needs to finish no more than six places further back to become world champion.*
  • If Lorenzo finishes lower than ninth then Rossi will be world champion.
After 17 races, 418 laps and a total of 1988.8km covered, the 2015 MotoGP World Championship title fight between Rossi and Lorenzo all comes down to this. What are your podium predictions for the Valencia GP, and who do you think will be champion? Post in the comments below.

Top 10 In World Championship Points Going Into Valencia
  1. Valentino ROSSI (46) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA – 312
  2. Jorge LORENZO (99) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA – 305
  3. Marc MARQUEZ (93), Repsol Honda Team HONDA – 222
  4. Dani PEDROSA (26) Repsol Honda Team HONDA – 190
  5. Andrea IANNONE (29) Ducati Team DUCATI – 188
  6. Bradley SMITH (38) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA – 171
  7. Andrea DOVIZIOSO (4) Ducati Team DUCATI – 153
  8. Cal CRUTCHLOW (35) CWM LCR Honda HONDA – 118
  9. Danilo PETRUCCI (9) Pramac Racing DUCATI – 107
  10. Pol ESPARGARO (44) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA – 103

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