21 December 2015
MotoGP Star of the Year vote: 3rd
MotoGP Star of the Year vote - 3rd: Jorge Lorenzo
3rd - Jorge Lorenzo
Average score out of ten: 7.7
Team: Movistar Yamaha
Bike: YZR-M1 (Factory)
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.
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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