Sepang, Malaysia

The Men Who Would Be Champion: Who Will Take The 2015 MotoGP Title?

With just days to go until MotoGP hits the second half of the season, now is a good time to start asking the question who is in the hot seat for the 2015 MotoGP championship. Valentino Rossi leads the title chase by 13 points, but his lead is due more to his terrifying consistency than racking up win after win. Jorge Lorenzo had a seemingly invincible run from Jerez to Barcelona, but has also finished well off the podium. Andrea Iannone has been brilliantly consistent, but has not looked capable of winning, which is a prerequisite for a MotoGP title. Marc Márquez struggled in the first part of the season, but a new swing arm and a return to the 2014 chassis has taken the edge off the worst characteristics of the RC213V. Dani Pedrosa, meanwhile, missed too much of the first part of the season to be a factor.

Will Valentino Rossi pull off his his eighth MotoGP title, and his tenth title overall? Will Jorge Lorenzo become the first Spaniard to win three MotoGP titles? Or will Marc Márquez pull a rabbit out of the hat and take his third championship in a row? Let us run through the options and weigh the probabilities.

2015 World Superbikes Championship Standings After Round 10, Sepang, Malaysia

Championship standings for round 10, 2015

2015 World Supersport Championship Standings After Round 10, Sepang, Malaysia

Championship standings for round 10, 2015

2015 Sepang World Superbike Race Two Results: Sepang Surprises, No Rain Just Exciting Racing

With the first two races today being exciting ones, the third race didn't need to be exciting for this year to be better than last year. But it was.

2015 Sepang World Supersport Race Results: Rain Flags, Still No Rain

Kenan Sofuoglu leads the title chase by twenty points from Jules Cluzel going into this fourteen lap race.

2015 Sepang World Superbike Race One Results: Rain Threatens, Doesn't Show.

The track was cooler than expected as the overcast weather held the sun off. Jonathan Rea, Max Biaggi and Leon Haslam chose a different front tyre to the rest of the grid. Last year, this track had events that determined the outcome of the championship and, with Rea able to leave this weekend crowned champion, this year seemed to be no different.

2015 Sepang World Superbike Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the teams and series organizers after qualifying at Sepang:

Round Number: 
10
Year: 
2015

2015 Sepang World Supersport Qualifying Results: Tactics Don't Always Pay Off

World Supersport Qualifying brought a few surprises inclusing an interesting tactical play borrowed from Marc Marquez.

2015 Sepang World Superbike Superpole Results: Longer Laps, Fewer Chances

Superpole at the longest track of the year, with laps of over two minutes round the 5.543KM circuit, would not allow riders and teams as much time to relax. With no time to waste, and a lap too long for two good laps on the qualifying tyre, riders would get two laps on a race tyre and maybe only one on the qualifier. Ayrton Badovini missed the session after he got a concussion when he crashed with Matteo Baiocco in FP3. He will likely declared unfit for the races tomorrow.

2015 Sepang World Superbike FP4 Results: Sykes And Rea Lead Van Der Mark

Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea were quickest in the untimed session ahead of Michael van der Mark and Jordi Torres. The Kawasakis set their fastest times of the weekend, showing they aim to challenge the Aprilias in qualifying. 

Results:

2015 Sepang World Supersport FP3 Results: Cluzel Leads Jacobsen

Jules Cluzel, when faced with a complete dry session and a working bike, was quickest ahead of PJ Jacobsen and Kenan Sofuoglu finally beating Lorenzo Zanetti's Friday morning time.

Results:

2015 Sepang World Superbike FP3 Results: Torres Leads Haslam and De Puniet

Jordi Torres was quickest in the morning's session, ahead of Leon Haslam. Randy de Puniet was half a second off, third quickest in the session and qualifying fourth behind Max Biaggi, in his best provisional position of the year. Aprilia took the provisional front row ahead of De Puniet and Sylvain Guintoli.

Results:

2015 Sepang World Superbike Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases after the first day of practice at Sepang:

Round Number: 
10
Year: 
2015

2015 Sepang World Superbike FP2 Results: Davies Quickest On Damp Track

With the rain stopped at the end of the Supersport session, most riders waited for the track to dry, and only went out in the last third of the session. Chaz Davies was quickest on the drying tarmac, beating out Alex Lowes for the quickest lap, but was still seven seconds off the morning's pace. 

Results:

2015 Sepang World Supersport FP2 Results: Jacobsen Leads Wet Session

Rain at Sepang meant that nobody was able to go as quickly as this morning, leaving Lorenzo Zanetti with the quickest overall time, but PJ Jacobsen was quickest in the wet, over a second and a half ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and Kyle Smith.

Results:

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