The 2015 MotoGP Championship standings closed up yet again at the Malaysian Grand Prix, with Valentino Rossi finishing behind Jorge Lorenzo and retaining just a seven-point advantage as the series heads into the final round of the season, at Valencia, November 8. The Movistar Yamaha teammates have an unassailable lead over the rest of the field, so one will be crowned champion at the end of the weekend. Who has the best chance? Here, we look at the points structure for MotoGP, and at who would win the championship based on the outcome of the final race in Valenica.
To start, MotoGP points are structured as follows, with finishing position shown in the top row and points awarded on the bottom row:
Now, Valentino Rossi heads into the Valencia race with 312 points, while Jorge Lorenzo has 305. The main points to consider then are these:
- If Lorenzo wins at Valencia, Rossi must finish second to clinch the title.
- If Lorenzo finishes second, Rossi must finish third (or win, of course).
- If Lorenzo finishes third, Rossi must finish sixth or better.
Note that after the dust-up in Sepang, where Rossi and Marc Marquez collided and the Repsol Honda rider crashed out, Rossi will be forced to start from the back of the grid no matter where he finishes in qualifying, making it an uphill battle for the Italian even though he has a slim points lead heading into the finale. Note also that in …read more