Author: Oli Rushby in Valencia Posted: 08 Nov 2015
Jorge Lorenzo has said he thinks he ‘clearly deserves’ his 2015 MotoGP Championship victory despite allegations he was helped to the crown by Marc Marquez.
Lorenzo dominated today’s race in Valencia to take his third premier class title from team-mate Valentino Rossi by just five points.
Rossi, who started from the back of the grid following a penalty for his controversial coming together with Marquez in Malaysia, claims Lorenzo was helped to the title by Marquez, who sat behind the Mallorcan for the entire 30 laps without a single attempted pass.
In response, Lorenzo has placed emphasis on what has been a strong season for him and highlighted how his season statistics are generally better than those of his title rival.
“I think I clearly deserve this world title,” he said speaking after the race. “If you see the statistics compared to our rival we beat him in everything, in victories, in pole positions, in fast laps, in laps leading the race, leading the practice, and everything. He beat us just in the podiums.
“The kind of races I had at the beginning of the season were bad, but we arrive to Valencia seven points behind Valentino and with high pressure I demonstrate that I can deal to get the best of me, like I did yesterday, and today with the two Hondas that were very fast, especially at the end of the season. I stayed strong and won the race.”
When asked if he thought Marquez was trying to help him win the title, he responded: “I couldn’t see the race from outside. I knew I was having difficulties with my rear tyre, especially on the right so I didn’t expect to lead for so long so I could get this conclusion. But to be honest, Marc and Dani explain very well, everybody see the race from outside but I cannot clearly have opinion and I just have to trust what they say.”
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The 28-year-old has faced tough time from Rossi fans in the crowd this weekend, with boos, hisses and general distaste directed at the Spaniard in almost every session.
“I think the people who really know about motorbikes understand my value as a rider and as a champion,” Lorenzo said. “They will be happy with my achievement. Obviously the people who support another rider, in this case Valentino, they will never be happy about this. But a champion is a champion and a champion who has my statistics this year, in my opinion, deserves the title.”