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Rossi Will Win the 2015 MotoGP World Championship If…
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):
Top 10 In World Championship Points Going Into Valencia
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