Lorenzo Hangs On To Claim Third MotoGP Title


Jorge Lorenzo held off the Repsol Hondas of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa to win the Valencia Grand Prix, crowning him the 2015 MotoGP World Champion. Valentino Rossi rode a heroic race from the back of the grid to finish fourth but Lorenzo was faultless, leading from start to finish to clinch a fifth world title across all classes.

Lorenzo made a typically blistering start to lead the Hondas through turn one but the other Movistar Yamaha had work to do, although one obstacle was removed when Cal Crutchlow’s bike was pushed off the dummy grid, sending him to the back of the field. Within a lap, Rossi had already climbed to fifteenth with three more riders dispensed with on the second lap but once he had reached the top ten on lap three, life would become tougher.

A crash for Andrea Iannone promoted him to ninth, but Rossi had to wait until lap six before overtaking Bradley Smith. Danilo Petrucci didn’t provide stern resistance to his idol, moving over on lap seven, but the Espargaro brothers defended bravely, although they were dispensed with by lap twelve. The next obstacle was Andrea Dovizioso and the Ducati held on until lap thirteen but by this stage, the leading trio were a dozen seconds ahead of Rossi was left to hope for assistance from Repsol Honda.

It looked unlikely with Jorge keeping his compatriots at arm’s length but the tension built in the closing stages as Pedrosa closed in having protected his tyres. On the penultimate lap, Dani was hot on the heels of his teammate and edged ahead on the back straight but an error at turn eight allowed Marc back through. The inter-team squabbling also gave Lorenzo some breathing space and after 30 laps of intense pressure, he crossed the line for his seventh win of 2015 and a memorable title triumph.

Marquez and Pedrosa completed the podium with Rossi a valiant fourth while Pol Espargaro led home Tech 3 teammate Bradley Smith in fifth and sixth. Andrea Dovizioso fell to seventh ahead of Aleix Espargaro while Cal Crutchlow rode a sensational race to take ninth after his pre-race dramas, beating Pramac’s Danilo Petrucci.

 

2015 GP MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA: RACE RESULT (27 LAPS)

PosRiderConstructorTeamTime/Gap
199. Jorge LorenzoYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP45:59.364
293. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team+0.263
326. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team+0.654
446. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP+19.789
544. Pol EspargaroYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 3+26.004
638. Bradley SmithYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 3+28.835
74. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team+28.886
841. Aleix EspargaroSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR+34.222
935. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda+35.924
109. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOcto Pramac Racing+39.579
1125. Maverick VinalesSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR+39.746
1251. Michele PirroDucatiDucati Team+47.053
1368. Yonny HernandezDucatiOcto Pramac Racing+54.081
1419. Alvaro BautistaApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini+56.646
1545. Scott ReddingHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS+57.278
168. Hector BarberaDucatiAvintia Racing+57.363
1769. Nicky HaydenHondaAspar MotoGP Team+58.742
186. Stefan BradlApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini+59.086
1976. Loris BazYamaha ForwardForward Racing+1:04.339
2024. Toni EliasYamaha ForwardForward Racing+1:04.413
2143. Jack MillerHondaLCR Honda+1:05.212
2213. Anthony WestHondaAB Motoracing+1:27.281
NC63. Mike Di MeglioDucatiAvintia Racing+6 Laps
NC50. Eugene LavertyHondaAspar MotoGP Team+7 Laps
NC23. Broc ParkesARTE-Motion IodaRacing Team+9 Laps
NC29. Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati Team+28 Laps