2015 MotoGP Le Mans: Jorge Lorenzo Makes It Two In A Row
Valentino Rossi still leads the 2015 MotoGP season but the biggest threat to his 10th world title is inching closer and closer in the standings. In the spirit of real drama, that challenger has turned out to be Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo.
The less-heralded yet equally talented Lorenzo scored his second consecutive winm/motorcycles/motorcycle-news/2015-motogp-jerez-jorge-lorenzo-wins-from-start-to-finish-ar169165.html of the season, beating Rossi to the finish line and cutting his teammate’s lead atop the world title standings to just 15 points. Rossi still leads that race with 102 points, but Lorenzo’s 25-point race win saw him vault past Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso with 87 points.
Speaking of Dovizioso, the Ducati rider continued his stellar start to the season with another podium finish in an otherwise uneventful race. The same can’t be said for his teammate, Andrea Iannone, who figured into an intense battle for fourth place with defending champion Marc Marquez.
The Repsol Honda rider had a difficult start to the race, dropping as low as sixth before rounding into form in the latter stages of the race. Marquez’s recovery setup an incredible back-and-forth with Iannone, swapping positions at almost every corner before the reigning champion surged ahead to a fourth place finish in the last three laps of the race. Iannone’s fifth place run was equally impressive as it came on the heels of a dislocated shoulder he suffered at a private test run earlier last week.
The Le Mans race also saw the return of Dani Pedrosa, who missed the previous three race due to an arm injury that eventually required surgery. Pedrosa didn’t have the start - or finish - he would’ve wanted, but he still managed to put forth a good run that ended with him losing out to Aprilia’s Alvara Bautista for 15th place and the single championship point it came with.
At the end day, thought, it was Jorge Lorenzo who proved that his recent run of race wins isn’t a fluke. If his form continues, we might end up with a little Formula One-type storyline on our hands featuring two riders from the same team battling it out for the 2015 MotoGP championship.
It’s still too early to discount the likes of Dovizioso and Marquez, but at this point in the season, Yamaha’s two riders have been at the top of their games, and everyone else is just trying to catch up.
Continue reading to read more about Jorge Lorenzo’s impressive win at Le Mans.
Why it matters
I like where the current MotoGP season is trending. There’s not overwhelming favorite that has run away with the title, making it about as wide-open a season as any we’ve had in recent memory.
Right now, it looks like Yamaha’s title to lose. Rossi and Lorenzo have racked up some impressive results, thanks in large part to having more consistency than the other racing teams. That’s not to say that Ducati and Yamaha are a step below Yamaha; both teams have just been plagued with a steady mix of injuries and inconsistency.
But the two teams appear to be in full strength now, which could bode well for what could become one of those once-in-a-generation seasons where as many as four or five riders are in the mix for the rider’s title in the latter stages of the season.
I’m not yet willing to predict who’s going to win the championship, but it’s hard to go against either Rossi or Lorenzo at this point. Marquez could be a good sleeper at this point because we all know what he’s capable of when he and his team are synced to highest extent.
What I can tell you is that the 2015 MotoGP season has been pretty exciting so far, injuries notwithstanding.
I think we’re going to get more exciting races now that the top dogs are healthy and raring to go. There’s still a long way to go before a clear-cut favorite emerges so until then, I’m gonna enjoy this season as much as I can.
It hasn’t disappointed so far and from what we’ve seen so far, I don’t think it will.