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MotoGP 2015 Valencia race results
The 2015 MotoGP World Championship has now finished
JORGE Lorenzo has been crowned the 2015 MotoGP World Champion after winning the season finale in Valencia as team-mate Valentino Rossi raced from 25th to 4th, but it wasn’t enough.
Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo led from flag to flag to become the 2015 MotoGP World Champion in one of the most dramatic races of the year Valencia.
Lorenzo’s team-mate and title rival Valentino Rossi started from 25th on the grid , who started from 25th on the grid after Cal Crutchlow joined him at the back of the grid by Britain’s Cal Crutchlow due to a last minute technical issue who finished the final Grand Prix in 9th.
The Doctor rode one of the best races of his life to cross the line in fourth, but despite his best efforts, the Italian could do nothing to stop Lorenzo becoming Champion in the end.
Lorenzo eventually took the race win by just 0.263 seconds from Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez, with his team-mate Dani Pedrosa in third after thrilling finish that could have seen a very different outcome to the title battle.
With 8 laps to go Pedrosa, in third, started to close down his team-mate and reduced the gap to under 2 seconds. Suddenly Pedrosa was the fastest rider on track whilst Marquez put Lorenzo under constant pressure at the front.
Rossi was 18 seconds behind the trio and just couldn’t catch those at the front. With two laps to go, Pedrosa made a move on Marquez into second, but Marquez fought back immediately. This swapping of places allowed Lorenzo to open up the tiniest of gaps at the front and as he crossed the line to start the last lap, he had a 0.347s lead over Marquez.
Lorenzo held on to take the race win by less than three-tenths of a second from Marquez. It was the 28-year-old Mallorcan’s seventh win of the season, 40th in MotoGP and 61st of his career.
Marquez and Pedrosa completed the podium, Rossi crossed the line 19 seconds behind Lorenzo in fourth.
Pol Espargaro was fifth as the leading Satellite rider, 2.8 seconds ahead of his team-mate Bradley Smith in sixth, with the British rider securing sixth in the championship standings and the 2015 top Satellite rider.
Dovizioso finished in seventh as the leading Ducati, ahead of Aleix Espargaro in eight. LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow pulled off a great race to ride form 26th through to 9th, with Petrucci completing the top ten.
The final race in Valencia was also Nicky Hayden’s last MotoGP appearance as he heads to World Superbikes, but it was also Bridgestone’s last MotoGP race as Michelin are set to take over ready for the 2016 MotoGP season.
The riders and team return to the Valencia track on Tuesday and Wednesday - the first test of the 2016 season.
1. Jorge LorenzoESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 45:59.364
2. Marc MarquezESP Repsol Honda Team 45:59.627 (+0.263)
3. Dani PedrosaESP Repsol Honda Team 46:00.018 (+0.654)
4. Valentino RossiITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 46:19.153 (+19.789)
5. Pol EspargaroESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 46:25.368 (+26.004)
6. Bradley SmithGBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 46:28.199 (+28.835)
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team 46:28.250 (+28.886)
8. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar 46:33.586 (+34.222)
9. Cal CrutchlowGBR LCR Honda 46:35.288 (+35.924)
10. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing 46:38.943 (+39.579)
11. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar 46:39.110 (+39.746)
12. Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Team 46:46.417 (+47.053)
13. Yonny Hernandez COL Octo Pramac Racing 46:53.445 (+54.081)
14. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini 46:56.010 (+56.646)
15. Scott ReddingGBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 46:56.642 (+57.278)
16. Hector BarberaESP Avintia Racing 46:56.727 (+57.363)
17. Nicky HaydenUSA Aspar MotoGP Team 46:58.106 (+58.742)
18. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini 46:58.450 (+59.086)
19. Loris BazFRA Forward Racing 47:03.703 (+1:04.339)
20. Toni EliasSPA Forward Racing 47:03.777 (+1:04.413)
21. Jack MillerAUS LCR Honda 47:04.576 (+1:05.212)
22. Anthony WestAUS AB Motoracing 47:26.645 (+1:27.281)
DNF. Mike Di MeglioFRA Avintia Racing
DNF. Eugene LavertyIRL Aspar MotoGP Team
DNF. Broc Parkes AUS E-Motion IodaRacing
DNF. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team
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MotoGP Valencia test times - day two
MotoGP Valencia test times - day three
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