3rd - Jorge Lorenzo Average score out of ten: 7.7 Team: Movistar Yamaha Bike: YZR-M1 (Factory) Wins: 7 Podiums: 12 Poles: 5 Fastest Laps: 6 Championship points: 330 Championship position: 1st out of 28

Jorge Lorenzo may have won his third MotoGP title in 2015, but he was only ranked third in your Star of the Year vote.

Clearly, given that the fan poll is about more than just the championship result, being sucked into the end-of-season controversy between Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez harmed Lorenzo's score.

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Indeed, all three would suffer in the eyes of the fans - Lorenzo at least being the only one of the trio to receive a higher average score than last season, rising from 6.7 to 7.7 out of 10.

Faster than title rival Rossi, and therefore a deserving champion, Lorenzo led every lap on the way to his seven race wins this year, qualifying off the front row just once in the last nine rounds and setting the fastest lap in five of the final six GPs.

But while Lorenzo may be MotoGP's Mr Smooth, rarely getting his M1 out of shape, he wasn't as consistent as his team-mate - a helmet problem in Qatar being followed by sickness in Austin and tyre issues in Argentina, meaning he didn't claim a podium until victory at Jerez.

Thereafter, wet or especially mixed conditions proved his only Achilles' heel, most notably a DNF at Misano, the only non-finish of the year for either Movistar Yamaha. All of which meant, barring a brief spell tied on points with Rossi following Brno, Lorenzo spent the entire season trying to chase down the #46.

While his dry race performances were flawless, some of Lorenzo's late season behaviour alienated fans.

The first incident was when, instead of keeping the Rossi-Marquez controversy at arm's reach after the Sepang race - and perhaps basking quietly in how massively Rossi's decision to publicly attack Marquez had backfired - Lorenzo gave a thumbs down gesture on the podium and walked off before the champagne celebrations.

He then waded straight into the issue of whether Rossi had received an adequate punishment, making clear he wanted a stronger punishment and that the Italian was being given special treatment. The #99 would later apologise for his conduct on the podium.

The next occurred shortly after winning the race and title at Valencia, when in the heat of the moment Lorenzo told the Movistar TV channel that countrymen Marquez and Pedrosa "helped me because for sure in another kind of race they would have tried to overtake".

Lorenzo may have added that Italian riders would have done the same for Rossi, but given the uproar after Sepang it was the last thing Marquez and Pedrosa wanted to hear and only fuelled those eager to label the title outcome as unfair.

It was also wrong. Lorenzo had made the comment before watching the race and, even those who agree with Rossi's claim that Marquez wanted to assist Lorenzo, would admit that Pedrosa's late charge to catch the pair (and briefly pass Marquez) had nothing to do with trying to keep the title in Spain.

Lorenzo backtracked after hearing Marquez and Pedrosa explain what had happened, adding that he 'could not see the race from the outside', but the damage was done.

Still, having spent much of the season being booed by 'fans' at racetracks around the world, largely because he was Rossi's main rival, perhaps Lorenzo earned the right to make a few such indiscretions.

Either way, he has the honour of being Spain's first ever triple premier-class champion to help console him.

About the vote:
Rather than repeat the Riders' World Championship standings, the MotoGP Star of the Year poll expects viewers to take into account factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, riding style, experience, injuries, progress and personality just as much as race results.

Over 100,000 votes were cast for the 2015 Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year poll, where viewers awarding each of this year's participants with a mark out of ten.

2015 MotoGP Star of the Year: Results so far 3rd Jorge Lorenzo SPA Movistar Yamaha 7.7 4th Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda 7.6 5th Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda 7.19 6th Maverick Vinales SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 7.18 7th Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 7.09 8th Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati 6.4 9th Aleix Espargaro SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 6.2 10th Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team 5.9 Full ranking to be revealed alongside the winner.

Jorge Lorenzo in the Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year poll MotoGP Star of the Year 2015: 3rd MotoGP Star of the Year 2014: 6th MotoGP Star of the Year 2013: 2nd MotoGP Star of the Year 2012: 2nd MotoGP Star of the Year 2011: 3rd MotoGP Star of the Year 2010: 1st MotoGP Star of the Year 2009: 2nd MotoGP Star of the Year 2008: 3rd

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PaulW54: The thing is Jorge won the title. Rossi didn't and Iannone was nowhere near it. Shows how biased this site is. [\blockquote]

You seem to pragmatically forget that #29 was better than #4 on a bike you can still hardly compare with the HRC Repsol works bikes or the M1 that finished 1-2 this year.

So if you want see a typical fan biased opinion reread yours and look in the mirror my dear...

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Luvtheracing: You know, after watching PI again, paying particular attention to the last lap

foxsports.com/motor/story/motogp-marc-marquez-breaks-down-his-final-lap-at-phillip-island-102115

I have to wonder given all the drama stirred up in the Sepang press conference on the Thursday before that race, why JLo never lodged a complaint against MM for helping out VR's title hopes.

There's a pretty convincing argument that MM was after JLo to demote him of the victory and the added points associated with it. Why the heck is MM racing so damn hard for the win[\blockquote]

true, Rossi will feel rather silly these days.

Don't forget that the magical 1.2 s from MM were actually only 0.8 and 0.4 from that advantage were from our wc champ slowing down to allow MM to easily catch up...The press just looks for sensation and noone really chexks the facts...

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Fanboys alike on either side will automatically dislike the other side. Either nationality or popularity or bike brand are the factors that count.

For #99 I rate a 3rd not that bad, because he could only win under perfect dry conditions. He needs to be on pole to win from the front and will then ride away. In any other condition he will not battle in the dry or bin it in the wet. Not very skilled or impressive. Other than that his pride stinks. I simply don't like his narcissistic attitude.

You can argue #93's malicious last races behavior. But I believe no one other than a blind fanboy may accept it as normal to interfere actively in a championship. 5th is deserved. As a rider he deserves the admiration of a champ. His arrogant style and rigid opinion on him being always right even when it is obviously the opposite give him a good reason for disliking him.

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#46 had to race every race for his place and try to avoid accidents in battles in which most of his contenders had nothing to loose, be it #26,29 or 93. The headless full risk passes of the others could mean a titleloss. His emotional PI-press conference preach were that of a little boy. His words were public and open,honest and pointless at the same time. He is from another generation, passionate and skillful under all conditions. He rarely makes mistakes and mostly does not hide his opinion.

#29 deserves 2nd place as he did emerge as a rider that tamed the ducati and showed intuitive racing skill under close battle. I think it is an emotional 2nd.

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