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Rossi, Lorenzo MotoGP showdown advice? ‘May your god be with you!’

“I expect them to battle fairly, but toughly. I think if one of the riders wins with an unfair move it would be remembered for a long, long time.”
The 2015 MotoGP title looks to be heading for a final round showdown between Yamaha team-mates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.

Rossi's advantage over Lorenzo was cut to eleven points in a thrilling Australian Grand Prix, with only Malaysia and Valencia still to come.

Assuming it goes down to the wire, asked Yamaha Motor Racing managing director Lin Jarvis what words he will give Rossi and Lorenzo just before the final race on November 8.

Jarvis, who stands exactly in the middle of the Movistar Yamaha pits to ensure there isn't even a perception of favouritism, smiled: “May your god be with you!”

But would he warn Rossi and Lorenzo not to take each other down?

“They know what they are doing. There is no point to, shall we say, repeat something obvious at that stage and you can't control what happens in the race,” Jarvis said.

“I would expect them to battle it out fairly, but toughly. And I think if one of the riders wins with an unfair move that would be remembered by an awful lot of people for a long, long time.

“I think that's not in either of their interests. That's my honest feeling. We shall see.”

To avoid a final round showdown, Rossi needs to outscore Lorenzo by at least 15 points this Sunday at Sepang. That means if Rossi wins the race, he would need Lorenzo to finish sixth or lower. If Lorenzo fails to score, Rossi would need to finish third or higher.

Rossi is seeking an eighth premier-class title and Lorenzo a third. Yamaha meanwhile are now guaranteed a perfect sweep of the 2015 MotoGP Riders', Teams' and Constructors' titles.

Tagged as: Yamaha , Lorenzo , Valentino Rossi

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October 19, 2015 9:05 AM

Blazin: The problem is that Vale's Yamaha was so slow on the straight at Phillip Island, much slower than even Lorenzo's Yamaha. This was not the case at Losail, which has a much longer straight and Rossi went on to win there. So Vale's Yamaha is clearly down on power. The team need to break the seals on all the remaining engines and check 'em out on the dyno and give Rossi the best engine that's still available to him. We can't have Rossi fighting with a sub standard engine. Sort it out Yamaha!
Many more factors than that. Final corner exit speed, gearing, height and weight (which Rossi himself mentioned). I highly doubt that Yamaha gave him a dud engine.

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