Who are you betting on?

A couple weeks ago I wrote a column talking about the fastest and the smartest. How lucky have we been to witness this MotoGP season? It could only be more interesting if Marquez could have figured into the points here at the close of the year but as I have documented already there were to many mistakes made throughout his year. This past weekend in Australia the fastest (Lorenzo) won the battle and edged closer to who I think is the smartest (Rossi) in the Championship battle. But man was it interesting.

Was that the best MotoGP ever? For me it was. From the very first lap I was glued and into every move that was being played out. Marquez is simply amazing to watch and the heart he shows is nothing short of incredible. What is going on with Lorenzo and Rossi right now is fun to watch. I still feel that Lorenzo has a bit more pace as was proven throughout the weekend from FP1 till the last lap of the race. We all knew Marquez was going to be strong but how about Andrea Iannone? That Ducati was so fast and with the big straights coming up this weekend in Malaysia, he could be a real threat for another podium. Iannone isn’t scared of anyone and has quietly had a great year based on consistency. If Rossi loses this Championship by 3 points, Iannone may have to turn in his Italian passport. I said earlier in the year that Iannone could win a race before Dovi, he almost did Sunday.

All that said, I felt Rossi had some pace that was going to push him to the front. It seemed he could go with Marquez but once Iannone went passed on the front straight just before mid race, things became hard. At Aragon I felt the same way but he couldn’t shake Pedrosa and Lorenzo was able to keep his lead around the 3 second mark. The only way Rossi will fix this will be in qualifying. He absolutely must get on the same row as Lorenzo or that will be his Championship run. Some people think I want Lorenzo to win the Championship but that isn’t true. Seeing Rossi win a 10th Championship would be so neat to see but I think the cards are stacked against him even with an 11 point lead.

Here is why. Rossi hasn’t won the season finale at Valencia since 2004!!! If he goes into that race with anything less than a 12 point lead he is in trouble. Lorenzo and Pedrosa have both won 2 times in the past 6 years and Marquez won the season finale last year. Someone beating Lorenzo at Valencia will deserve a big dinner ticket from #46.

This weekend is the one that is so crucial for Rossi. Sepang is a track that MotoGP riders test at more than anywhere else so there is no reason why everyone shouldn’t be fast right out of the box. Rossi said he was caught out in OZ in qualifying by some bad settings, shouldn’t have that problem in Malaysia. Also, it always seems to rain at some point at this race so a flag to flag race could be something we again see on Sunday.

**CONTEST**

So, with all that said and breaking down the two title protagonist, I was thinking we should have a quick contest. My great friends at Dainese have offered up a pair of Dainese Full Metal D1 Black/White/Anthracite gloves to the winner. They are the best gloves in the universe, they have the same structure of Valentino’s.

I want to know who will win the MotoGP Championship and what will their final point tally be? Any ties will be broken by who chooses closest to 2nd in the points and the point tally of that rider. This is where it sits currently:

**STANDINGS**

Rossi 296pts

Lorenzo 285pts

Here is the way the points play out at each round:

All entries need must be in by Friday October 23rd at 5pm Pacific Time. Your entry into comments will not show till after 5pm on Friday so no one can copy your guess. Good luck to everyone that plays and hope that we get to see a great next two MotoGPs at Sepang and Valencia.

Cheers,

JP

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Rossi = 316

Lorenzo = 296

Rossi rules in the and Lorenzo drowns!

Rossi – 341

Lorenzo – 323

1st – Rossi – 328

2nd – Lorenzo – 325

Rossi. Please let it be Rossi. I’m cheering him on!

332pts

Rossi: 332

Lorenzo: 330

Rossi 328

Lorenzo 325

Great write up JP

Rossi 328

Lorenso 325

I vote Rossi to win the Championship with 330 points. He has to! 10 Championship titles under his belt?! That would be the feat of a lifetime! Go VR46!

Rossi for the 10th title , 332 points

Rossi will win with 337 points.

Lorenzo 310 points

Rossi 309 points

Sorry meant to type

Lorenzo 330

Rossi 325

ROSSI 312

Lorenzo 310

Rossi 334

Lorenzo 310

Rossi: 332

Lorenzo: 330

Rossi 350

Lorenzo 310

1-Rossi at 325 points

2-Lorenzo at 318 points

Lorenzo 316

Rossi 301

Rossi 332

Lorenzo 321

Betting on wet Sepang race.

Lorenzo 335

Rossi 332

Valentino for the win total winning points 332, 2nd place Lorenzo 330, i’m pushing for experience

goooooooo Vale!!!!

Rossi 316

Lorenzo 301

Rossi 333

Lorenzo 324

Rossi – 212

Lorenzo – 210

Lorenzo 330

Rossi 332

J. Pridmore 500pts…

Rossi 332

Lorenzo 321

Lorenzo 330 points

Jorge Lorenzo 341

Valentino Rossi 314

Rossi wins champ with 337 points. Lorenzo second with 325 points.

Rossi 336 pts

Lorenzo 335 pts

Rossi: 341

Lorenzo: 330

Rossi = 1st – 332

Lorenzo = 2nd – 330

Rossi 332

Lorenzo 326

Rossi 327

Lorenzo 336

Marquez 260

I say ROSSI for the championship winning with an overall points lead of 316 points.2nd place overall will go to LORENZO at 301 points

I think Valentino Rossi will when the Championship Title this year. He’s riding very well in the wet and dry and as long he come in 2nd or 3rd these last two races, the Championship is his to take. Marquez is the spoiler. And who knows how Iaonnone will place these last two rounds. So for now, I’m betting Rossi.

Rossi – 332

Rossi 341 points

Lorenzo 321 points

Wishful thinking

Rossi 336, Lorenzo 326

Jorge 1st at Sepang and 1st at Valencia. Valentino 2nd at Sepang and 2nd at Valencia. Valentino would have 336 points and Jorge would have 335 points. Vale wins and the crowd goes wild, well the ones with “46” hats on!!!!!!!!

Rossi 332

Lorenzo 318

Iannone gets my vote.

#10 for Rossi

Valentino Rossi 1st place with 337 Points

I hope Rossi gets it because is he not only a veteran of the sport, he rides like a champion. Every MotoGP race I watch I become more intrigued at his ability and finesse. GO ROSSI GO!

Lorenzo 332

Rossi 325

#1: Rossi! 332 points total

#2: Lorenzo 330 points total

Lorenzo wins 330 points

Rossi just misses, 328 points

Rossi 336

Lorenzo 326

Rossi 337

Lorenzo 330

I’ll be at Sepang cheering Rossi on.

Rossi wins championship

Rossi -332. (Picking up a 2nd and 3rd place)

Lorenzo – 330 (picking up a win and a 2nd place)

Go Rossi!!!!!

Rossi 332

Rossi – 328 Lorenzo – 330

Rossi winning with total of 341

Lorenzo 2nd with total of 326

Difference of 15 points

Rossi – 332, Lorenzo – 330

Ill pull for Rossi 321 !

Rossi 328

Lorenzo 326

325pts Lorenzo

320pts Rossi

Rossi 325

Lorenzo 318

Difference of 7 points

Rossi with 337

Rossi will win by 20 pts

Rossi 332

JLo 326

Rossi edging out JLo by a measly 6 points.

Rossi 316

Lorenz 301

Rossi wins the 2015 title with a total of 341 points.

I want to say that Rossi’s experience will win out, and honestly at this point, Jorge could win the next two and Rossi could come in second for the next two and their scores would be 1 point apart and that is enough for Rossi to take it, by the slimmest of margins. If it rains, then that is to Rossi’s advantage. How do I post my bet on points without it showing, as the post above is already showing someone’s post?

1st place Rossi 341

2nd place Lorenzo 330

11 point difference

Rossi: 317

Lorenzo: 310

Rossi: 337

Lorenzo:330

Go Rossi!!!!!

Rossi: 337

Lorenzo: 330

Forgot to add third on my first post….

Marquez in third with 258.

Go Rossi!!!

Rossi 336

Lorenzo 326

Rossi wins the championship with 337 points

Lorenzo is second with 310 points

Rossi 332

Lorenzo 330

Rossi by 6 points.

Rossi 332

Lorenzo 330

Yes, it will come down to the final race.

Rossi 336

Lorenzo 335

* If I win you can give the gloves to Jasmin.

Valentino Rossi will win the championship with 332 total points. Only two races to go and it still tougher to predict than one might expect. What a great GP season for our favorite Motorsport!

Rossi with 332 points! Thank you

Rossi for the win in Sepang and Lorenzo second. in Valencia Lorenzo win and Marquez in second place, Rossi probably in 4th place.

Rossi: 332

Lorenzo: 330

Cheers to all the MotoGP riders who make this such a sport to watch. Thanks!

A.

I will guess that Rossi will eek out a podium with Lorenzo getting the win:

Rossi 312 points

Lorenzo 310 points

Rossi 332

Lorenzo 330

Final 2015 MotoGP Standings:

Valentino Rossi: 332 points

Jorge Lorenzo: 314 points

Rossi 332

Lorenzo 326

10 championships!!!!

Rossi 337

Lorenzo 321

That race at philip island was the best in 10 years the pass Iannone made near the end to get by Rossi and Marquez was unbeliveable watch out for him next year. this year I’m in Rossis camp Rossi332 Lerenzo330

Rossi 336

Lorenzo 321

Rossi 332

10th Championship for the Doctor! Rossi 329 (2nd n 4th), Lorenzo 326 (3rd n 2nd)

Rossi 312

Lorenzo 298

Lorenzo 325

Rossi 312

Now I don’t care about MotoGP.

Lorenzo: 330

Rossi: 325

1:Lorenzo 330

2:Rossi 325