2015 MotoGP Championship Standings After Round 16, Phillip Island, Australia

1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 296  
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 285 -11
3 Marc Marquez Honda 222 -74
4 Andrea Iannone Ducati 188 -108
5 Dani Pedrosa Honda 165 -131
6 Bradley Smith Yamaha 158 -138
7 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 153 -143
8 Cal Crutchlow Honda 107 -189
9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 97 -199
10 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 96 -200
11 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 88 -208
12 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 84 -212
13 Scott Redding Honda 78 -218
14 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 49 -247
15 Hector Barbera Ducati 30 -266
16 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 28 -268
17 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 28 -268
18 Jack Miller Honda 17 -279
19 Nicky Hayden Honda 16 -280
20 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 11 -285
21 Eugene Laverty Honda 9 -287
22 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha 8 -288
23 Michele Pirro Ducati 8 -288
24 Mike Di Meglio Ducati 8 -288
25 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 5 -291
26 Takumi Takahashi Honda 4 -292
27 Alex De Angelis ART 2 -294
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One of the most beautiful and exciting races there has been in the GP class all season.

Has been there any other season as close as this one already? Pendulum swinging back and forth all the time. Non title contenders taking turns to decide on the outcome of each race.

And RIP seagull...

LEVAN points advantage...? Makes me nervous..

...Valentino Rossi lost the championship to Nicky Hayden at the final contest. Rossi finished the season-ending race at Valencia in 13th to get three points. (If I remember correctly, he crashed and remounted.) Hayden finished third and with the 16-point haul, won the championship by five points. So yes, there has. But it's been rare.

I have been following motogp only for couple of years now. And anything before that was occasional races that I would watch. And in past 2 years I have tried to watch everything I could get my hands on from the start of rossi Era. And as far as closeness of 2006, I was always under the impression that it was marked by 3 things: Pedrosa taking out Hayden, Rossi losing 5 points in dramatic fashion in penultimate round, and finally rossi crashing out in last round. I couldn't possibly compare it to 2015 as I haven't seen the season by myself. So thanks for that. Still! It kinda give me the feeling that 2015 is going to be the closest of all...

Lorenzo need to finish three positions or more in front of Rossi to win. Still a big ask, particularly if Marquez keeps grabbing the 25 points.
I don't care who wins the WC if we get another race like PI.

Great effort by the unheralded Petrucci to be in 9th overall.

Gotta love the fact that everytime we say this is a Jorge track or this is a Vale track the results the other way round. I sincerely hope Rossi wins it will be a fairy tale it is testament to his genius that Jorge is behind against a guy who will be 40 in a couple of years.

If push comes to shove, and the points and positions are correct, could either man pull a Capirossi/Harada type move? Who would be more likely perp?

Just trade 3 of those 5 DNFs with 2nd place finishes and MM will still be in fight for the title. Obviously MM thought "Nothing to lose" too soon.