MotoGP »

Rossi on brink of MotoGP history.

Having increased his MotoGP World Championship lead to 87 points, Valentino Rossi is on the brink of clinching his sixth 500cc/MotoGP title in Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix.

In short, Rossi will be crowned world champion with three rounds remaining if he finishes third or better at Motegi and, with only 100 points still up for grabs, it is very much a question of 'when' rather than 'if' the Fiat Yamaha star wraps up the title.

Rossi won five consecutive 500cc/MotoGP World Championships between 2001 and 2005, the first three with Honda and last two with Yamaha. The Doctor's sixth will mark the following achievements:

• Rossi would become only the second rider to regain the premier-class title after a two year gap - the other rider to do so being Giacomo Agostini.
• It would be Rossi's sixth premier-class title - one more than Mick Doohan. Only Giacomo Agostini with eight titles will have won the premier-class championship on more occasions.
• It would be Rossi's eighth world title across all GP classes. Only Agostini with 15, Angel Nieto with 13, Mike Hailwood and Carlos Ubbiali with nine titles each have won more world championships.
• There will be an eleven year period spanning the time from Rossi's first world title in the 125cc class in 1997 and this year. The only rider with a longer period between first and last world titles is Angel Nieto who won his first in the 50cc class in 1969 and his last in the 125cc class in 1984.

Technically, third in the championship Dani Pedrosa still has a mathematical chance of the 2008 crown, sitting 94 points behind Rossi. This is what needs to happen, relative to Stoner and Pedrosa, for Rossi to lift the title on Sunday.

With reference to Stoner:
• If Stoner wins the race then Rossi needs to finish 3rd or better.
• If Stoner comes 2nd then Rossi needs to finish 8th or better.
• If Stoner finishes 3rd then Rossi needs to finish 12th or better.
• If Stoner finishes 4th then Rossi needs to finish in any point scoring position.

With reference to Pedrosa:
• If Pedrosa wins the race then Rossi needs to finish 10th or better.
• If Pedrosa comes 2nd then Rossi needs to finish in any point scoring position.

Although Rossi has finished on the podium on six previous occasions at Motegi, he has had just one victory - in 2001, riding the 500cc two-stroke Honda.

Motegi is thus the only circuit on the current grand prix calendar where Rossi has not taken a four-stroke MotoGP victory, but he heads into the 2008 event having won the last four races in a row – his longest winning streak since five in 2005.


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Rossi, Czech MotoGP 2008
Rossi at 2016 Monza Rally Show (Monster)
Home town party for MotoGP champion Marquez
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi, Redding, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi`s crashed Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi`s crashed Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Vinales, Rossi, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Vinales, Rossi, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


wayne blythen

September 25, 2008 8:34 PM

i hope rossi does it this weekend.and on bridgestone's has well.looking at the vale record how can the man still have is doubters.at the start of the season some didnt give him a chance even so called tv expert's.he is a living legend and in this crazy world we should kick back and marvel in the man's talent and enjoy it while we can. :)



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.