Until Friday, Valentino Rossi will not be receiving any word about whether he will be fighting for his championship of the 10th racing world championship during the MotoGP’s season finale that is set for this weekend at Valencia.
As it stands, Rossi is an impressive seven points ahead of his Yamaha counterpart Jorge Lorenzo. This is a fact that has been eclipsed by the feud over his clash incident with Marc Marquez that took place in Spain and which saw the Honda rider fall out of the race as a result.
UPDATE: Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo was crowned MotoGP world champion for 2015 at the Valencia Grand Prix as Valentino Rossi failed in his task of finishing 3rd or better after being penalised for a previous race incident.
When Rossi came out to respond to concerns, he said that it would definitely be an extremely intense but important weekend ahead. He also stated that he is so glad that there would be so many fans in Valencia to witness this great race and also promised to do his best on the track.
It’s the off-track drama though that will be dominating the event. MotoGP issued Rossi a penalty over his incident with Marquez to which he is now seeking a stay of execution as part of an appeal. This Friday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport will deliver its ruling on Rossi’s appeal for a stay. If he is successful in this venture, it would mean that regardless of the final results of his appeal, the penalty wouldn’t be applied at the Valencia race event at all. Rossi views the incident as mild and is confident he will remain in contention for the title.
Valentino also expressed himself saying that he is just focusing on what will happen on the track on Sunday and that his major goal is to work on his best capabilities in tandem with his team to get the most out of every session they had. He also said that he wanted to throw himself into the race with vigour and express himself in the best way he knows how and as best as he possibly can both for himself and for his fans that continue to believe in him and lend him their unfailing support.
Most fans and stakeholders are acknowledging the fact that it still is not a done deal that Lorenzo will be the world champion after all. This is all while considering the fact that Rossi will be beginning at the back of the grid. There is so much faith that despite Rossi’s pending appeal, he will rise above the fray like he always does. As with most races in the season, tyres are going to play a pivotal roll in the race. Valencia is going to be the testing ground for the new Michelin tyres that will be the sole championship tyre supplier for the 2016 season. Chinese tyre company DTL Tyres suggested that the profiles of the tyres are no longer the question for riders but the rubber compound still needs to be decided on.
Decidedly though, Rossi has his work cut out for him. This is considering the fact that MotoGP has an on-standing point system that pays down to the rider who crosses the finish line in 15th place. This therefore is where Rossi must endeavour to finish thereby ensuring his win of the championship over Lorenzo depending on where his nemesis finishes the race.
Analytically speaking, Rossi is looking to be the 2015 champion if he finishes in third or better position. If he finishes fourth or in a lower position, he could be looking at a possible tie with his counterpart Lorenzo or an outright loss if he is too far back in the field.
With this upcoming race, MotoGP is looking to put a lid on the long-standing squabble existing between the two riders Rossi and Lorenzo. At the end of the ruling and race, the better skilled man among them will come out on top for the whole world to see. The added perk is the winner gets to bag the championship medal for his efforts and skills. It’s a win-win situation for MotoGP either way it goes. Everyone will just have to cross their fingers and wait for the action.
UPDATE: 2015 MotoGP Season Standings as relayed by MotoGP.com
|17||Loris BAZ||Yamaha Forward||FRA||28|
|24||Mike DI MEGLIO||Ducati||FRA||8|
|27||Toni ELIAS||Yamaha Forward||SPA||2|
|28||Alex DE ANGELIS||ART||RSM||2|