2015 Valencia MotoGP Race Results: Edge Of Your Seat

Cal Crutchlow's bike had issues on the grid and was walked to the pits and he would start from the last place, gifting Valentino Rossi one place at the back of the grid.

There were many points combinations that would guarantee Jorge Lorenzo his fifth world title, but one thing that was certain was that a win would give it to him and it looked like this was his plan when he led into the first corner from pole position with the Hondas of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa between him and the Ducatis of Andrea Ianonne and Andrea Dovizioso. Valentino Rossi made up five places on the first lap.

As Lorenzo, Marquez and Pedrosa ran away at the front, the Hondas under orders from Japan to finish first and second, Rossi forced his way past Yonny Hernandez, then Alvaro Bautista on his way to catch Michele Pirro on the next lap, getting to tenth place then ninth as Andrea Ianonne crashed out of fourth place.

Rossi caught Bradley Smith and took five laps to eventually pass him, Smith fighting his own battle with Danilo Petrucci and Pol Espagaro. Eight laps in, Rossi was in seventh place, him and Smith dispatching Petrucci, while his Yamaha teammate Lorenzo and the Hondas of Marquez and Pedrosa were almost seven seconds clear of Dovizioso's Ducati.

On the tenth lap, a third of the way through, Rossi made a hard pass on Pol Espagaro and passed his brother Aleix's Suzuki two laps later and the next lap, Rossi passed Dovizioso. Rossi was now in fourth place, ten seconds behind Pedrosa, Pedrosa himself dropping a couple of seconds back of Marquez.

Everyone seemed settled in their positions, with Marquez occasionally closing to the wheel of Lorenzo but not making any passing attempts. Lorenzo just rode as if there were nobody behind him, recording lap after lap of consistent 1'31s.

Then, with six laps left, Dani Pedrosa found some pace, closing from over two seconds back at a pace of half a second a lap, catching the leading pair with only two laps from the end. If the Hondas could pass Lorenzo, Rossi would be world champion.

Pedrosa, having much more pace than both riders in front of him, passed Marquez and set his sights on Lorenzo, only to have Marquez to take him back and give Lorenzo enough room to keep on lapping at his clean rate.

On the last lap, nobody was close enough to Jorge Lorenzo to pass and, after leading for thirty laps, he took a lights to flag victory to claim his fifth world title and seventh race win of the year.

Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa completed the podium and Rossi in fourth had to console himself with another runner-up title place.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 45'59.364
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda +0.263
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda +0.654
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +19.789
5 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha +26.004
6 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha +28.835
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati +28.886
8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki +34.222
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda +35.924
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +39.579
11 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki +39.746
12 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati +47.053
13 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati +54.081
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia +56.646
15 45 Scott REDDING Honda +57.278
16 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati +57.363
17 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda +58.742
18 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia +59.086
19 76 Loris BAZ Yamaha Forward +1'04.339
20 24 Toni ELIAS Yamaha Forward +1'04.413
21 43 Jack MILLER Honda +1'05.212
22 13 Anthony WEST Honda +1'27.281
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  63 Mike DI MEGLIO Ducati 6 Laps
  50 Eugene LAVERTY Honda 7 Laps
  23 Broc PARKES ART 9 Laps
  29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 28 Laps

 

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2015
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How odd that Marquez rode so politely, never showing a wheel to Lorenzo, never making an attack. I have not seen him race so "respectfully" before. He did wake up briefly when Dani came by....

Lorenzo was well covered by Marquez. It was so obvious when he scuffled briefly with Pedrosa which allowed Lorenzo to get a gap back. Since when has Marquez NOT made a move at some point to win the race when so close? Or perhaps he decided he'd best not mess with the championship...that "unwritten rule" being observed...

Today Rossi showed it in abundance and Lorenzo as well - very good race under pressure. Marquez...? I would expect an intensive debrief at Team Honda.

Impressive charge through the pack by Rossi. When he was in 4th, he was running the same pace as the front. It could have been a sensational, worthy championship battle, this final race...
Funny remark by Wilco Zeelenberg after the race. ,,The Hondas were giving nothing away''. Well, not all of them no.

I've only been watching motorcycle racing for a few years, but I have a difficult time watching any sport in which it seems not everyone is trying to win. For this and many other reasons - unlikable top riders (opinion only, of course), uneven machinery - I do not know how much I will pay attention to MotoGP next year. I still plan to watch Moto2 if I can find it on TV, but I have at least put on hold my plans to attend a MotoGP event in person next year.

I will add that Pedrosa has made me a fan of his in the last few weeks. I hope he gets a MotoGP championship before he retires.

Some of the best things about MotoGP are the articles and discussion on motomatters. So, thanks to David and his team and everyone who's been posting this year.

If Marquez wanted to prove he wasn't trying to help Lorenzo, then he has a very funny way of showing it. Looked to me he was blatantly riding shotgun to make sure there was no fairy tale for Valentino. The season would have been better if the last two races had never happened, they've ruined what could have been one of the greatest seasons ever.

Whatever his talent, Marquez is going to struggle to repair his reputation. A sad day for Motorsport.

Honda must be happy with a rider who puts the interest of Lorenzo above that of his own team. They could have finished first and second.
Although of course it was not about helping Lorenzo, just ruining Rossi's championship. So at least he was not helping Yamaha.

It's very difficult to tell at this level, which is why the past few weeks have been so controversial.

It seems very clear that, without the penalty, VR would likely have had a very good chance of being at least 2nd, so this ending has a sad tinge to it that goes well beyond what a normal race to the wire has.

I know some will say what goes around etc. but, whilst VR made an error in Sepang, I tend to feel his major mistake was being a lot more clumsy than MM was, and the penalty ultimately far outweighed the crime IMO.

HRC are left with a lot of questions about their sporting behaviour (and PR) which, when combined with the behind the scenes IRTA shenanigans that go on, makes me wonder if I'm such a fan of theirs and the parent company any more. MM definitely had the worst week of his career as far as this fan of the sport is concerned. I will now hold strong suspicions about his attitude, morals, and status as a sportsman. For me, he is indeed like Batman's Joker.

JL should have held his own counsel and in not doing so has also done himself (and Yamaha) a disservice, as his sponsors have indicated in the strongest possible manner. That also taints his achievements and undoubted skill as opined here.

It is a bit sad really, but JL's fans will feel differently about it.

Just got through watching the race. And I have to agree with you, Marquez seemed to have the pace. After Pedrosa and him swapped positions at the end of the race, he had no problem catching back up with Lorenzo. Been trying to stay neutral on that feeling but this race made it obvious what Marquez was doing. I thought he would at least TRY a pass for the win. SMH

Lorenzo rode his heart out and so did Rossi. Lorenzo I do not blame, he gave his all for the title and got it. Rossi and Marquez will have a problem from now on. This issue may not heal with time, as one is almost out of time to grab another championship.

As a dyed in the wool Rossi fan I feel bound to tell it as I saw it. Lorenzo earned it more. Seven wins to four is too big a margin to ignore.

Did Marquez ride shotgun today? To be honest it didn't look that way to me. It looked more like he reined in that dangerous streak that has him putting others at much greater risk than is fair even for a hard knocks sport like motogp.

As for Vale, what a ride. Bring on 2016.

and he has reined in his riding quite a lot during this season. Marquez' bike was sliding during the closing laps, which suggests that he was riding close to the limit. Even so, it was clear that he was going to attempt a pass, until Pedrosa made that pass on him.

The previous iterations of Dani Pedrosa would have seen him take a safe third place, instead he went for it, good on him.

Rossi's conspiracy theory comments on the Honda's riding shotgun for Lorenzo were a bit much, but he is entitled to his opinions. Honestly, the other racers didn't quite open up a "Rossi lane", with the exception of Petrucci, but they didn't put up much of a fight, either.

It looked to me like Petrucci had a "Wait, WHAT?" head-check at the wrong moment and got distracted going into the corner. More interesting to me were the guys who mysteriously ran wide when Rossi was nearby... Several riders had trouble making corners at key moments, but they were mostly down in the pack and that ended with Bradley Smith (did it really take FIVE laps to get past him? I thought it was less than that).

As for Pedrosa, in my opinion he didn't do anything out of pattern in the race. He started well, nursed the tires, and then charged late, and was completely ignored by the coverage until the last lap, as usual.

This tire-nursing is actually exactly what Marquez was claiming he did in the previous races, except Pedrosa did it half a kilometer downwind of Lorenzo, instead of sitting on his tail. Like Marquez, he had nothing to lose, but he's had such a crap year that it wouldn't pay him at all to get mixed up in the 46-93-99 three-way. Besides, I don't think he's that kind of guy.

...with a small disagreement about Marquez. I'm beginning to believe that Sociopathy and "Racer Mentality" may be indistinguishable at times. In the Parc Fermé interview I felt a bit like I was watching O.J. tell us he wasn't the real killer. Did Marquez intentionally hold off his attack to give Jorge a little points assist? We'll never know, but it's a testament to Marquez' aggression that it looks very strange when he *isn't* flying the front wheel and grinding his bars into swingarms.

In any case we all know Lorenzo in "the zone" is a Terminator, and he earned what he fought for. Rossi has apparently made some shameful and repugnant comments to the contrary in the last couple of hours. As I said after the infamous Thursday Presser - it wasn't head games, he really does feel like he's been screwed with. It's a shame that he's now attacking yet another rider, even more egregiously than before.

Congratulations to Jorge Lorenzo. He rode well after a slow start to the season, and he put an exclamation point on the championship by winning in Valencia. I also think this result is good for the long-term stability of the sport. Good to have the Lorenzo v Marquez storyline becoming more intense.

However, race direction made a mistake after Malaysia. In the US, it is widely accepted that the officials should never insert themselves into an event at the competitive climax. Instead, the rules are interpreted liberally, and penalties should only be applied if the rules are flagrantly disregarded. The organization known for routinely disregarding the accepted officiating paradigm is NASCAR, the laughingstock of US sport.

From an American perspective, race direction should have known better than to enforce a penalty going into the last round. People watch sport to find out what behaviors will manifest themselves when only one man can win a sporting competition. Anything short of a roundhouse kick to Marquez' head should not have warranted any penalty, especially since the lowside crash at relatively low speed was not much of a safety threat.

People would have forgotten the Marquez incident, especially considering the excitement of the final round. But when the moved Rossi to the back of the grid, they made sure everyone would remember the incident and the penalty.

I think what is most amazing about MotoGP is that the riders always find a way to overcome the blundering of the people in charge. Valencia was quality entertainment thanks to the men at the front. They put on the most entertaining motorsport competition on earth. They deserve better than what Dorna/FIM offers.

Now that its over, I feel empty about the 2015 season.

It became clear to me that rules against unsportsmanlike conduct need to be enacted. However, is there a way to do that without opening a Pandora's box of bribery and undue influence from power brokers and deep pocket interested parties? I don't have an answer, only the question.

I loathed the fact that Petrucci was blatant in his move to allow the old man to pass him. After having Petrux grow on me through his in-season performances on the Ducati, I lost a lot of respect for him with that move. Others, while not completely blatant, also showed where their allegiance was and also left a sour taste in my mouth. I believe Marquez had the pace to take Lorenzo and did not. Pedrosa seemed the only rider without an agenda who could have an impact on the WC. Still, after the mess that this season turned into over the final weeks, I am not so sure Pedrosa wouldn't be just the same as the rest of them had he been in for a shot at the title. My faith in the sportsmanship of the series riders is pretty much shot (except for the class act of the grid -Nicky Hayden- who I now think is leaving at just the right time).

I am not one to belong to cliques or follow the yellow, blue or red mob mentality so finding a champion to root for is looking like a tall order right now. Until Sepang, I was a Lorenzo fan and his win is like salt in an open wound. Unfortunately, Lorenzo proved to me once again (with his podium antics - well intentioned as they may have been) that being a fan of his is a bad choice. I have to like the person as well as the rider and I definitely can not look past his obvious personal flaws. I know no one is perfect but he is less than acceptable at this point.

Never really been a fan of Rossi or Marquez because of their bullying tactics (thats my opinion which means the only person who has to agree with that assessment is me). Pedrosa took out Hayden in 2006 and I was one of those who took years to forgive him for that silly move. Dovi makes too many excuses for bad performances ...

I like Maverick Viñales but I am fearful with his dry demeanor, history of immature tantrums and single mindedness, that he will be no different as a contender than the current crop of babies. Iannone seems the most level headed, truly uninterested in mind games and I like his on-track fire at the moment so I might gravitate towards him. Bradley Smith is also intriguing at this point.

At the end of the day, I was/am a fan of no one in particular and watched the finale more like a car wreck that you can't turn away from than with the admiration of a dramatic ending to a season for the ages that it should have been. I felt lost as a fan ...

In any case, there is a saying that money is the root of all evil and motorcycle racing is not immune to this disease. As long as there is money to be made and lost in the "sport", these types of seasons will happen. Without that incentive to bring out the best and ugliest in people, MotoGP would not exist. I accept this reality but all in all, it is not a fun time to be a fan of the premier class.

...is to force all riders to become citizens of Liechtenstein upon joining Grand Prix racing, and to run the series on identical showroom Kawasakis (perhaps the ZX-10R). If everybody is from the same neighborhood in Vaduz and the equipment is identical, that would eliminate most of the madness!

This is why they don't put me in charge of things. My ideas are too good.

Was there, fantastic weekend and, you know what? I saw how strong JL was in the last few corners on every lap, how many lengths he pulled on MM every lap and how long it took MM to get onto Lorenzo's back wheel, when he did, the little spat with Dani gave Jorge the gap back from two laps before only this time with less then two laps to go. I couldn't see a problem and never thought Marc was close enough to make a safe pass (yes I know, but this time maybe it was important..). Dani's pace was incredible late on and do you think he wasn't waiting to win it, really?
Would have loved to witness some history with Vale's 10th but loved him riding to fourth, brilliant, and on Saturday and Sunday what impressed me most was the motorcycle family, no booing, no catcalling, all fans mixing...yes that's what I thought we were all about- but lately I've been wondering...

I will however,,save the best till last, A BRITISH WORLD CHAMPION!!!!!

Gotta go, out for a meal in the home of Paella

Go ahead and be upset with Danillo, but Rossi made it through ever other rider on the grid. I am of the opinion that Rossi would've gotten by him regardless.

Marquez had zero problem staying on Lorenzos tail but didn't make one attempt to pass and instead of letting Dani have a shot, instantly reclaimed 2nd and caught Lorenzo with ease.

No doubt Lorenzo rode like a man on a mission this season but Rossi lost the title to Honda, Not Jorge.

at lorenzo?? dani surely knows that shots are earned; no one, not even rossi, would obligingly step aside and allow another rider through for a shot at the leader if they could do anything about it.

If Marquez was unable to disrupt Lorenzo by the time Dani got there, if he was acting on orders from Honda to achieve a 1-2 finish, He should've let Dani disrupt Lorenzo and capitalized on his late charge. Instead they both lost time and Marc insured Honda did not win.

One thing I haven't seen mentioned yet is the age difference between Val and MM and how that might be playing a part in this. MM is only 22. In my books damn young with a lot to learn about life. I could honestly see that playing a huge part in how he behaves. It seems most people expect MM to behave much older than he is and with the accusations that Val throws his way I am surprised he hasn't acted much worse.

Well done Jorge and a sad day with Nicky moving on.

David, thanks for all of your insight and writing. You do this sport a huge credit.

Did anyone else have problems with Dorna's live VideoPass feed freezing/going blank? I kept having to frantically switch over to the loathsome Fox Sports 1 during the MotoGP race, losing chunks of the broadcast in the process.

Nothing like paying the big bucks for a flawed product.

It dropped out at least 4 times for me, each for about 3 minutes. It didn't matter what network I used fibre or 4g.

The last three races have been stuttering on my computer and unwatchable on the television (I load the VideoPass through my smart TV's browser). I've also had odd things happen, like Live stream is running just fine on my phone, but doesn't even show up as an option on the TV.

They have bandwidth and feed availability issues for sure.

Since I pay for Video Pass long time ago (almost nine years) every live streaming gives me some kind of issues. This is craking my balls and today was the limit.
Anyway, congrats to JL for the championship and let the show goes on.

I experienced disruption on the first 4 laps but played with the setting and ended up standard definition for about 3 laps then went back to full hd. No problem after that.

Congrats to Lorenzo. He rode nearly 30 laps within half a second, how do you do that?? amazing.

Michelin tyre test Tuesday I think??