Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo has won his third MotoGP title with a victory at the season-ending Valencia GP on Sunday as Italian Motorbike poster boy Valentino Rossi failed to make an impact from the back of the grid.The 28-year-old started from pole position and stayed in front from the start and this is his third championship follows his triumphs in 2010 and 2012.It was the second time for Valentino Rossi to enter the season ending race with the points lead and fail to win the title. He was overtaken by the talented American Nicky Hayden in 2006 after falling early in the decisive race in Valencia and finishing only 13th.
Jorge Lorenzo as I noted two weeks ago during Malaysia GP, entered the race trailing Valentino Rossi by seven points but the veteran MotoGP rider couldn’t manage more than a fourth-place finish.The extra interest in the Valencia GP was thanks to what Rossi did to Márquez’s crash in Malaysia two weeks ago where he accused Marquez of trying to favour his fellow Spaniard in the title race. Rossi appealed his penalty to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but lost it a day before the first practice session in Valencia on Friday. Rossi needed a second-place finish to secure the title without depending on Lorenzo’s result. He also could have won it by crossing the finish line immediately behind the Spaniard. Jorge Lorenzo has completed a remarkable calendar with 330 points, five more than Valentino Rossi, who was trying to win his eighth world title and the first since 2009.
Jorge Lorenzo now becomes just the third rider to come from behind in the final race to win the premiere-class MotoGP World Championship, as Valentino Rossi could only salvage a fourth-place finish after starting at the back of the field. The first times it happened was in 1992 when Wayne Rainey beat Mick Doohan and the second time was in 2006 when Nicky Hayden took it from Valentino Rossi. It was impressive ride by Jorge Lorenzo who led the field away for 30 laps around the Circuit Ricardo Tormo while his teammate and championship rival Valentino Rossi started from the back of the field.Rossi was equally good today after he picked up spots and found himself in 15th position on the first lap.Rossi continued to pick up spots early and took ninth place when Ducati rider Andrea Iannone crashed out in the early laps.
By lap 13, Rossi had worked his way up into fourth position, but was 11 seconds back of the leading trio of Lorenzo and Repsol Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.Marquez rode behind Lorenzo until the closing laps, when Lorenzo’s tires started to go off and Pedrosa started to run both of them down. Dynamic Honda duo then switched back and forth for second position but in the end they finished the way they were prior to that with Lorenzo leading Marquez, Pedrosa and Rossi to the line.Rossi paid the price for his struggle in the last part of the season, winning only once in the last 10 races.In the whole year, the 36-year-old Rossi won four races and had only three podium finishes since winning the British GP.Marc Márquez will finish third in this year’s championship with his Honda.
NB:Photos courtesy of my blud R. Maguire who attended grand finale in Valencia.