Yamaha Title Showdown

This weekend is the Valencia Grand Prix, the final round in the 2015 MotoGP season. Both the Yamaha’s of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo are in contention for the title with Lorenzo seven points behind Rossi in the standings.

Valentino Rossi

"Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha" by Dave Wilson is licensed under CC BY NC-ND 2.0
“Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha” by Dave Wilson is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

As mentioned above, Rossi currently leads the Riders Championship by seven points. His task of clinching the title is made difficult by being forced to start at the back of the grid, a punishment given to him for colliding with Honda’s Marc Marquez in the previous round in Malaysia.

It makes Rossi one to watch, assuming he does race, as he will be aiming to work his way up through the field. It also means he is likely to be concentrating fully on his race set up and pace during the free practice sessions.

It means that if Lorenzo wins, Rossi needs to work his way up to second in order to clinch the title.

Jorge Lorenzo

"Jorge Lorenzo, Factory Yamaha Racing" by Corentin Foucaut is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
“Jorge Lorenzo, Factory Yamaha Racing” by Corentin Foucaut is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Although Lorenzo can simply aim for the win, which, as long as Rossi finishes third or lower, will give the Spaniard the 2015 title. He only needs a seven point swing in his favour in order to clinch the title as Lorenzo would win on countback, having won six races compared to Rossi’s four.

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It is unlikely to be straight forward for Lorenzo who will have to deal with the two Honda’s and potentially the Ducati’s if they go well at Valencia.

The same could be applied to Rossi who has the added difficulty of working his way through open class, customer bikes and factory Suzuki’s and Aprilia’s.

Despite the likely starting positions of the two Yamaha’s, the season final at Valencia will be a tense affair and well worth tuning in to watch, or going to the actual race to see.

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