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MotoGP™: Everything You Need to Know Before the Final Four Races

Jaime Villegas

By Jaime Villegas

September 29, 2015

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We’ve entered the final races of the MotoGP™ Championship, and the fight for the title is tighter than the corners at Aragon!

Speaking of Aragon, this past weekend saw quite a few unexpected tumbles, literally. Andrea Iannone recently re-dislocated his left shoulder in training; Nicky Hayden was riding with a broken right thumb; Toni Elias replaced Claudio Corti at Forward Racing. Perhaps the pressure is slowly starting to get to riders. Although, I’m sure these professional drivers are more experienced with handling these types of pressures.

With only four races left on the 2015 calendar, it’s only appropriate we take a look back at how these riders have been doing so far, who’s out on top and who’s fighting to hang on.

_TIN4242Crossing the Finish Line at Aragon

Jorge Lorenzo took a comfortable MotoGP victory at Aragon from Dani Pedrosa and championship rival Valentino Rossi as Marc Marquez crashed out, again. Marc Marquez has crashed out five times this season, something very unusual coming from the talented rider. The win cuts Rossi’s lead at the top of the standings down to 14 points.

If Rossi was ever comfortable at the top, now is the time to get back in gear. 14 points is not a big lead and one race could determine who wears the crown at the end of this championship. Title leader Valentino Rossi rode swiftly from sixth to third, then spent most of the race tucked behind second place Dani Pedrosa. While this is certainly stressing for Rossi, this only makes for an amazing experience for fans of either rider. Nothing like good old friendly competition!

Look Out for Lorenzo and Pedrosa

Jorge Lorenzo has consistently proven that he’s one to look out for this season. Cutting Rossi’s lead is wonderful news for the Movistar Yamaha team, as keeping the title among themselves is what every team wants. However, just because they’re on the same team doesn’t mean they won’t fight each other for a piece of the proverbial pie.

Rossi and Lorenzo have always maintained a close rivalry, perhaps because they’re considered the best of the best in the sport. Gradually the Italian fought his way to third, where he became involved in a ferocious duel with Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa. The two switched places time and again, with increasingly spectacular passes, but Pedrosa held off the Italian at the line to claim second place.

This has been one successful season for Movistar Yamaha; let’s see if they can keep the momentum going and finish the last four races strong.

A Problematic Season

The results see Rossi on 263 points, just 14 ahead of Lorenzo, with four races remaining. Marquez retains third, with 184 points, but his slim title hopes are now surely gone after a problematic year.

"When a season is not going well for you, then nothing goes your way, and it seems that this season we are finding things hard," Marquez told reporters. "There are still four races to go and we will try to be at the front and fight to the end."

It’s difficult to see MotoGP’s fan favorite struggle so much to keep up with the rest of the leading pack. Hopefully, he gets the mistakes under control and finishes strong.

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