2015 MotoGP Championship Standings After Round 9, Sachsenring, Germany

1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 179  
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 166 -13
3 Andrea Iannone Ducati 118 -61
4 Marc Marquez Honda 114 -65
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 87 -92
6 Bradley Smith Yamaha 87 -92
7 Dani Pedrosa Honda 67 -112
8 Cal Crutchlow Honda 66 -113
9 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 64 -115
10 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 57 -122
11 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 51 -128
12 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 44 -135
13 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 32 -147
14 Scott Redding Honda 30 -149
15 Hector Barbera Ducati 19 -160
16 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 14 -165
17 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 13 -166
18 Jack Miller Honda 12 -167
19 Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 9 -170
20 Michele Pirro Ducati 8 -171
21 Nicky Hayden Honda 8 -171
22 Eugene Laverty Honda 7 -172
23 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 5 -174
24 Mike Di Meglio Ducati 2 -177
25 Alex De Angelis ART 1 -178
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MMs championship is all over but if Honda can make it one two... five times out of the nine remaining. We have got ourselves one very close final round. With three possible winners. And it is not the first time Danni has had a strong finish to the year.

Just enjoyed all four battling at the front today.. bring us more.

There's not a lot of spotlight to spare for non-aliens this year, but Viñales is quietly putting together an impressive rookie season. He's now the first rookie in premier class history to score championship points in each of his first nine races and--as seen above--has ridden the GSX-RR more successfully than his much more experienced (and tremendously talented) teammate.

I think he's on track for an impressive career and just hope that Suzuki (or somebody) can give him the hardware to match his potential.

Totally agree... Awesome job by Vinales... Bit too early to say but he could be another alien in the making.


9 rounds..225 points...65 point deficit & you're that certain?

There are numerous scenarios which belie the certitude of your claim:

- Rossi or Lorenzo crashes/Dnfs & scores no points
- Rossi & Lorenzo spend the rest of the year taking points from each other
- Pedrosa gets comfortable on the 2nd step
- Dovi/Ducati score some podiums
- MM runs the table
- ..........

Marquez & Pedrosa have nothing to lose by taking chances with riding & set-up; VR & JL are likely to take fewer risks. Honda can (will) build as many chassis as necessary.

This season ain't over...that's for sure.

I guess you missed his subject line, which was "Some say..." Admittedly, easy to do.

Sorry my separated Subject caused the confusion...
I was just reacting to comments in the race commentary...
Saying that MM hasn't got a chance at the championship
and as you point out there is still pleaty of points to be had.
The guys with a chance at the end, will as always, be the ones
who stay on there bikes.
No real Honda Yamaha bias here, Just love close racing..
The more Aliens the better, but don't write rules so some riders
have places in qualifying they don't deserve.
As someone else said the other week.. it just makes mobile chicanes,
for the guys with better speed, and IMO, is a major safety issue.

Have a good break everyone

Let's hope this season goes down to the wire and the last race with a lot of permutations as it was in 2006. As things stand right now, Rossi looks to be on course for another premier class title by virtue of doing exactly the same thing as Hayden managed back then. Consistently at the front with a win here and there.
With 9 races left of which 4 are fly away's and 5 are continental, I will stick my neck out and say Marquez is probably going to be the prime mover up the table. and be in contention for the title at the final showdown. Rossi will probably win another one or two, Lorenzo, one or two and Marquez at least four. Pedrosa may win one, but you have to feel Sachsenring was one of his best chances of winning a race this year. Then we have the rest. Ducati may finally get a win again since Stoner days and probably their best shot will be at the home of Honda, Motegi. Smith and Steady Eddie... (Joe Maniac), have done sterling work this season for their respective teams. Dovizioso will have to raise his game big time and like Marquez, will be playing catch up. Dovizioso is in a Ben Spies rut right now. Everything seems to be conspiring against him after a fantastic start to the season
Further adrift, Vinales is very impressive. Petrucci is doing a fantastic job and old Hectic Hector certainly deserves a rap on the back.
Of course the fickle finger of fate fools with the best laid plans on occasion, but generally it doesn't. My chrystal ball does not see catastrophic mechanical failures, ridiculous passing attempts etc and crashes affecting the top guns from here on into Valencia.

I think you're underestimating Rossi and Lorenzo's speed. Marquez has had two good performances after a run of mistakes and bad decisions. This race was no different than Texas with the exception of Dani instead of a Ducati.

Marquez threw many points away in his stubbornness and a win doesn't change the entire tone of the season when you look at the previous 8 races as a whole.

Indy may not change the current momentum, but there will be yamaha tracks again this year and we will see if the golden boy can settle for 2nd or third and not bin it.

really, compared with Assen anyway. And I see the brat(s) is happy again now he's/they've won again. Not even a comment in the race summary

I agree that this, like COTA is an anomaly, and Rossi summed it up post race when he said he was looking forward to the upcoming rounds at tracks which are 'much' better for the M1.

The German round is interesting, and I often wonder why this track is still on the calender. I guess Germany doesn't have a better option for Motogp? Seems hard to believe.....The circuit seems to offer the fans a great spectacle and always gets amazing attendance, however that didn't save Laguna or Donnington. The Sachsenring just seems rather short and dicky (and dangerous) in today's championship-way too many left handers and obvious grip problems for anyone but Repsol Honda.

I'm now feeling very depressed at the state of Ducati and Suzuki-after the wonderful start to the season yet again has only proved to be false dawn. To be honest, despite all of their advantages both seem to be fairing worse than ever, Ducati have dropped straight back into the doldrums of the previous 6 seasons and Suzuki who weren't really there on race day anyway now are falling further and further off.

What is the solution? Control ECU? Michelin? Tyre war? Maybe they need to force the Aliens to ride for different/separate manufacturers? More fuel and engines is not working. I'm really hoping Michelin provides a tyre supply that is easier to use, or bring back the war! Estoril 2006 was a long time ago, LeMans 2007 was a long time ago, and Phillip Island 2010 was also now a long time ago.

So a few races into the season, the Honda was a dog and Marquez was a crasher, and maybe (if you were optimistic), Dovi was a championship contender. Then Rossi lost the recipe for qualifying and JL99 was god and Marquez was a has-been. Then Rossi figured out qualifying. Now he's lost it again, MM has realistic championship hopes, and JL is fading. Each race brings new punditry, but better yet, this is becoming a great season. Too bad my local race, Laguna Seca, is gone so I can't watch this outdoors and hear the real music of the bikes.