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MotoGP Aragon: Rossi: 'I still need to beat Lorenzo'

“...nine points for five races is more than my advantage. So we need to try to arrive in front of Jorge.” - Valentino Rossi.
Valentino Rossi may have broken 23-points clear of MotoGP title rival Jorge Lorenzo, but the Italian doubts the advantage is enough to follow his team-mate home in the remaining five rounds.

Rossi almost doubled his championship lead despite a season-worst fifth place at Misano, due to Lorenzo's crashing out for the first time this year.

However if Lorenzo won all five remaining races, with Rossi in second place, Lorenzo would still win the title by two points.

But the biggest unknown for the Yamahas involves reigning double champion Marc Marquez.

The Repsol Honda star won his fourth race of the season at Misano and, although 63 points from Rossi and therefore a long way from title contention, has the pace to challenge Rossi and Lorenzo at every round.

Rossi's biggest fear is that he could find himself finishing in third place, behind Lorenzo (1st) and Marquez (2nd), meaning a loss of nine points in a single race.

“For me the championship situation is that first of all Marquez is far - but with Marquez, until he is not out mathematically, he is still in the championship. So we have to consider him,” Rossi said.

“About me and Jorge, for sure 23 points is a good advantage with five races. But we still have to try to win every weekend or arrive on the podium, because Jorge has the potential to win everywhere and also Marc.

“Which means if you start to think too much about the championship you can lose nine points every Sunday. And nine points for five races is more than my advantage. So we need to try to arrive in front of Jorge.”

If Rossi beats Lorenzo at Aragon this weekend, regardless of where Marquez finishes, he should push his title advantage past the psychological 25-points. That would mean Rossi could afford a DNF and still keep the championship lead.

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September 21, 2015 10:25 AM

Nakasone: If he wins the championship by less than 12 points he will be an unconvincing champion, and undeserving one too, given that he had to depend on the weather condition to clinch it.
Different weather conditions are all part of the chamionship. Wind, rain, hot, cold, humid..... He who deals with it best is the winner. Until the tracks are built undercover it will not be a dry weather only sport.

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