1st - Valentino Rossi Average score out of ten: 8.4 Team: Movistar Yamaha Bike: YZR-M1 (Factory) Wins: 4 Podiums: 15 Poles: 1 Fastest Laps: 4 Championship points: 325 Championship position: 2nd out of 28

Valentino Rossi may have missed out on a tenth world title at the very final round, but the Italian is voted as your 2015 MotoGP Star of the Year!

Of MotoGP's big three - Rossi, Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo - Rossi is arguably the only one who exceeded expectations this year.

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Reigning double champion Marquez once again began as title favourite, only for frequent DNFs to put him out of the championship hunt. Lorenzo scored more points than any other rider in the second half of last season and few would therefore be surprised that he fought for - and ultimately won - the 2015 crown.

But not many would have predicted that Rossi, the oldest rider on the grid and five years after his last title challenge, would hold the points lead for an amazing 17 of the 18 rounds.

As Herve Poncharal recently stated, all things considered it may actually have been Rossi's best ever season, even if the record books show the Italian losing out to Lorenzo by just five points.

The highlights of Rossi's year naturally include his race wins in Qatar, Argentina, Holland and Great Britain. Incredible consistency saw the Italian megastar stand on the podium an unparalleled 15 times and finish every race, as his exploits helped pack grandstands around the world.

Two of Rossi's wins came after a clash with Marquez, the old master finally turning the tables on the young apprentice, but a third incident - at Sepang - would prove the talking point of the season.

Rossi's fearsome ability to disrupt rivals through carefully chosen comments in the media is well known. But the decision to publicly attack Marquez, rather than try and destabilise Lorenzo, left many puzzled - and the outcome could barely have been worse for Rossi.

Perhaps the most shocking part of their Sepang showdown was that Rossi - the king of hard racing and brilliant overtakes - resorted to such an extreme move to end the kind of battle he usually revels in.

Of course, unlike Marquez, Rossi had a title to think about and had spent the second half of the season unable to match Lorenzo's dry pace, then became convinced Marquez was plotting to help his fellow Spaniard.

Throw in some uncharacteristic late defeats in battles with Dani Pedrosa (Aragon) and Andrea Iannone (Phillip Island) and it's easy to understand the amount of pressure Rossi was under to save his world championship dream.

Ultimately it didn't happen, and - regardless of who was to blame - fans were denied a fitting title showdown by Rossi's back of the grid start at Valencia.

Nevertheless, Rossi's performances were the main reason why 2015 was such a standout season - until Sepang anyway.

This is the second year running that Rossi has won the fan vote, having dropped as low as eleventh during the Ducati years.

However Rossi's average score of 8.4 is relatively low for the poll winner (it would only have been good enough for third last year) no doubt due to the end of year controversy, which also tainted the fan scores of Lorenzo and Marquez.

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: Top 10 1st Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha 8.4 2nd Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team 7.9 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

Valentino Rossi in the Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year poll MotoGP Star of the Year 2015: 1st MotoGP Star of the Year 2014: 1st MotoGP Star of the Year 2013: 6th MotoGP Star of the Year 2012: 11th MotoGP Star of the Year 2011: 10th MotoGP Star of the Year 2010: 3rd MotoGP Star of the Year 2009: 1st MotoGP Star of the Year 2008: 1st

Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year - vote winners: 2015: Valentino Rossi 2014: Valentino Rossi 2013: Marc Marquez 2012: Dani Pedrosa 2011: Casey Stoner 2010: Jorge Lorenzo 2009: Valentino Rossi 2008: Valentino Rossi

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Premis: I came to know about VR through video games. When I started watching the real sport, it was this guy who made those races exciting. Always funny,humble but mean when it comes to business. VR is the most popular rider not because of his enormous stats but the way he achieved it makes him.
When the valencia race got over, I thought about Hudson Hornet from
Disney's film Cars, telling Mcqueen that those trophies are just empty vessels if you don't win the hearts of the fans.He is loyal to his fans and his fans are loyal to him. No celebrity wants more than that. He is simply the epitome for the young riders. I hope he comes stronger than ever next season.
FORZA VALE!!!!!!![\blockquote]

Perfectly said mate...

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I honestly don't care about other people's opinions - I know enough about racing and enough about the riders involved to know what I saw at the end of the championship - a rider with the pace (Marquez) and no chance of the title, choose to ruin somebody else's championship.

Marquez robbed Rossi of the title this year, plain and simple, Rossi knows it, many fans know it, and I hope he never lives it down.

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Valentino a worthy winner.

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a great season denied the ultimate finale by an unfair penalty. If Vale did something wrong in Sepang (which he didn't imho, this is bike racing not ballet) the penalty should have been applied there, not carried over to next race, a silly rule and decision

a hollow championship win by Lorge in the end, I would have thought even he would have preferred to try to win it with a normal starting grid in the final race, he will always know he only won the title because of politics as a result...

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He deserved the championship but...I guess things happen for a reason. Speaking of, I wonder if Lorenzo and his spainard riders syndicate (I'm just being sarcastic, don't blow a blood vessel) --- buddies got together and decided to vote for Rossi 'Rider of the Year'. That's the least they could do for him after screwing him out of "an obtainable opportunity" of winning the championship, not some unrealistic goal, which is what he ended with. I know their not going to give him a 'post facto' kiss, course Marquez does have a Jack Nicholson 'Joker Smile'. Maybe he'll oblidge his hero. Wouldn't that be a sight to see. Lol!

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Luvtheracing
December 23, 2015 5:26 AM
I would have voted for him to be the MotoGP star of the year, except that I know now what happened in that race: i.imgur.com/OQbeswD.gifv //i.imgur.com/QGQrrgT.gifv i.imgur.com/tD7b6yQ.gifv . If not for ruining the high MotoGP...

You seem to see what you like. Rossi ran wide, MM ran afterwards purposely into Rossi's knee who pushed the bike, without looking, aside.

The reason for Rossi forcing MM wide was to cool MM down. They would have gone down with almost 20 laps to go... Rossi had everything to loose, Hothead MM zero, except his pride..

JLO commented even that MM actually did help him in Valencia. He did not add that that was an unsportsmanlike gesture, meaning 99 would do the same for MM next time round. Knowing they wear the kings colors on their underpants before the sport says enough. 99/93 are unfair.sportsmen.

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juggaknot: Painless,

Rossi had his fair share of showing his wheel to Lorenzo, but didn't. He had opportunities to pass him. But you folks will just put the blame on Marquez for playing around with his pace.

Putting the blame on anyone else but Rossi is delusional. He had his share to finish near the end, and even finish 3rd in front of Iannone. [\blockquote]

It is impressive to see how #93's "racing" in valencia is considered a walk on the edge trying, with all his might, to pass JLO. it was considered absolutely impossible by #93 himself and Honda Repsol. You all make me laugh.

All you people know how #93 carves through the pack in all classes leaving others literally for dead meat. He gives jack **** about touching others. You forget argentina, assen, sepang where he goes as far as to take almost his main opponent out...unless he wears the same national colors on his underwear.

Valencia finally put spain to shame. Basta.

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juggaknot: So Marquez gets flacked for racing like a jackass in Sepang and jeopardizing the championship. Then he takes heed and doesn't want to jeopardize and risk being the sole factor of determining the championship, but then gets flack for doing so in Valencia.

Make up your minds.[\blockquote]

Let me simplify it a little further for you.

Argentina: Rossi geopardized
Assen : Rossi geopardized
Sepang Rossi Geopardized

Valencia: Takes heed not to geopardize JLO's WC. Any other time #93 made clean soft passes on JLO or let him pass clean. Without exception...

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