Lorenzo wins race and 2015 MotoGP title

    Starting from pole, Lorenzo produced a faultless display to resist Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa and claim a lights to flag win.

    Published On Nov 08, 2015 07:52:00 PM

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    Lorenzo wins race and 2015 MotoGP title

    Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo soaked up late pressure from the Honda riders to win the Valencia Grand Prix and the 2015 MotoGP title, with championship rival Valentino Rossi a beaten fourth.

    Starting from pole, Lorenzo produced a faultless display to resist Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa and claim a lights to flag win.

    Rossi charged from the back row of the grid after his Sepang penalty to finish a distant fourth, missing out on a 10th world title by five points to his Yamaha team-mate.

    Lorenzo converted pole into an early lead from Marquez, as a fired-up Rossi carved his way through the order, taking 19th into Turn 1 and ending the second lap in 11th.

    As Lorenzo and Marquez attempted to break clear of Pedrosa in third, a fall for fourth-place runner Andrea Iannone promoted Rossi into ninth.

    The Italian quickly dispatched Bradley Smith and Danilo Petrucci to take seventh, before setting off after Andrea Dovizioso and the Espargaro brothers.

    Rossi muscled his way past the two brothers, before sweeping past Dovizioso's Ducati for fourth, where his charge stalled, 11s behind Pedrosa in third.

    Unable to match the pace of the frontrunners, Rossi settled for fourth on the road, leaving the Hondas to fight race leader Lorenzo.

    With Lorenzo battling tyre wear, the two Honda riders closed on him into the closing stages, with Pedrosa reeling in his team-mate and the Yamaha.

    Pedrosa briefly passed Marquez for second, only to concede the position back to his team-mate, which offered Lorenzo the respite needed to cross the line and win.

    Pol Espargaro ended his season with a fifth place finish, 3s clear of Tech 3 team-mate Smith and Dovizioso.

    Aleix Espargaro was five seconds back, beating the charging Cal Crutchlow - the LCR Honda rider having started from the back after mechanical problems on the grid - and Petrucci to eighth.

    Maverick Vinales rounded out his season with an 11th place finish for Suzuki, one spot ahead of Michele Pirro, riding a wildcard factory Ducati.

    Nicky Hayden closed out his MotoGP career with a 17th place finish, while Hector Barbera claimed the Open class title ahead of his 2016 Avintia Ducati team-mate Loris Baz.

    RESULTS - 30 LAPS:

    PosRiderTeamBikeGap
    1Jorge LorenzoYamahaYamaha45m59.364s
    2Marc MarquezHondaHonda0.263s
    3Daniel PedrosaHondaHonda0.654s
    4Valentino RossiYamahaYamaha19.789s
    5Pol EspargaroTech 3Yamaha26.004s
    6Bradley SmithTech 3Yamaha28.835s
    7Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati28.886s
    8Aleix EspargaroSuzukiSuzuki34.222s
    9Cal CrutchlowLCRHonda35.924s
    10Danilo PetrucciPramac RacingDucati39.579s
    11Maverick VinalesSuzukiSuzuki39.746s
    12Michele PirroDucatiDucati47.053s
    13Yonny HernandezPramac RacingDucati54.081s
    14Alvaro BautistaAprilia GresiniAprilia56.646s
    15Scott ReddingMarc VDSHonda57.278s
    16Hector BarberaAvintia RacingDucati57.363s
    17Nicky HaydenAsparHonda58.742s
    18Stefan BradlAprilia GresiniAprilia59.086s
    19Loris BazForward RacingYamaha Forward1m04.339s
    20Toni EliasForward RacingYamaha Forward1m04.413s
    21Jack MillerLCRHonda1m05.212s
    22Anthony WestAB MotoracingHonda1m27.281s
    -Mike Di MeglioAvintia RacingDucatiRetirement
    -Eugene LavertyAsparHondaRetirement
    -Broc ParkesIodaRacing ProjectART/ApriliaRetirement
    -Andrea IannoneDucatiDucatiRetirement

    FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

    PosRiderPoints
    1Jorge Lorenzo330
    2Valentino Rossi325
    3Marc Marquez242
    4Daniel Pedrosa206
    5Andrea Iannone188
    6Bradley Smith181
    7Andrea Dovizioso162
    8Cal Crutchlow125
    9Pol Espargaro114
    10Danilo Petrucci113
    11Aleix Espargaro105
    12Maverick Vinales97
    13Scott Redding84
    14Yonny Hernandez56
    15Hector Barbera33
    16Alvaro Bautista31
    17Loris Baz28
    18Stefan Bradl17
    19Jack Miller17
    20Nicky Hayden16
    21Michele Pirro12
    22Eugene Laverty9
    23Katsuyuki Nakasuga8
    24Mike Di Meglio8
    25Hiroshi Aoyama5
    26Takumi Takahashi4
    27Toni Elias2
    28Alex de Angelis2

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