Author: Oli Rushby in Valencia Posted: 08 Nov 2015
Jorge Lorenzo has won the 2015 MotoGP World Championship after a tense 30 laps in Valencia this afternoon.
With the pressure of the world on his shoulders, Lorenzo shot off the line and controlled the race from lights to flag to take victory despite Marc Marquez breathing down his neck for the entire race.
Dani Pedrosa finished third, despite a late surge in form which saw him challenge Marquez for second, but when the Repsol Honda duo began fighting it gave Lorenzo the slight bit of breathing space he needed.
A distraught Valentino Rossi did all he could, charging through from the back row of the grid to take fourth place. The nine-time World Champion had made up ten places after just two corners and had made it into sixth (where he needed to finish should Lorenzo finish third) by lap ten.
Pol Espargaro took fifth to get the better of team-mate Bradley Smith with the Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso taking seventh.
Cal Crutchlow rode to an impressive ninth place after starting on the back of the grid following difficulties starting his Honda, behind the lead Suzuki of Aleix Espargaro.
Danilo Petrucci rounded out the top ten after a strong start to the race despite losing time when deliberately allowing close friend Valentino Rossi past.
The eventual result sees Lorenzo end the season five points ahead of Rossi, who has led the standings throughout the season.
MotoGP Valencia Race Results
2015 Championship Standings