Lorenzo triumphs in Valencia to clinch MotoGP crown

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Spanish MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo (C) of the Movistar Yamaha team celebrates on the podium after winning the Motorcycling Grand Prix of Valencia at the Ricardo Tomo circuit in Valencia, Spain, 08 November 2015. Lorenzo won ahead of his compatriots, second placed Marc Marquez (L) and third placed Dani Pedrosa (R), both of the Repsol Honda Team, to take the 2015 World Championship title. Photo Credit - EPA/KAI FOERSTERLING

Spanish MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo (C) of the Movistar Yamaha team celebrates on the podium after winning the Motorcycling Grand Prix of Valencia at the Ricardo Tomo circuit in Valencia, Spain, 08 November 2015. Lorenzo won ahead of his compatriots, second placed Marc Marquez (L) and third placed Dani Pedrosa (R), both of the Repsol Honda Team, to take the 2015 World Championship title. Photo Credit – EPA/KAI FOERSTERLING

Jorge Lorenzo claimed his third MotoGP world championship with victory at the Valencia Grand Prix.

The Spaniard withstood Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi’s charge through the field in Sunday’s final race of the season to add to his premier class titles won in 2010 and 2012.

Rossi climbed to fourth despite starting at the back of the grid as punishment for kicking Marc Marquez off his bike at the Malaysian Grand Prix two weeks ago.

Lorenzo also held off pressure from Honda duo Marquez and Dani Pedrosa to lead the race from start to finish to overcome a seven-point deficit heading into the final Grand Prix of the season and claim the championship by five points.

Rossi cut through the back of the field with ease as he took just 13 laps to climb into fourth.

However, in doing so the Spanish trio of Lorenzo, Marquez and Pedrosa had built up an unassailable 11-second lead that only grew in the second half of the race.

All eyes were then on whether Marquez could pass Lorenzo at the front after his spat with Rossi in recent weeks when the Italian accused the two-time world champion of conspiring to help Lorenzo win the title.

With Rossi sure to finish in fourth, though, he needed both Hondas to pass Lorenzo to win the title.

Marquez remained glued to Lorenzo’s back wheel for the majority of the race, whilst Pedrosa made a late charge on the penultimate lap.

However, the battle between the two Hondas for second place eased the pressure ever so slightly on Lorenzo as he was able to negotiate a nervy final lap to secure his fifth world title in all categories with his seventh race win of the season. – AFP

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