Valentino Rossi almost won the 2015 Moto GP championship, losing out by 5 points to teammate Jorge Lorenzo in the last race. Many believed this was his last chance to win the championship as he is past his prime at 36 year old. The Italian however, thinks otherwise.
“Next year I can go more or else at the same pace,” he said. But it depends a lot on the motivation, the match of the Yamaha with the Michelins, our work and everything else. Next year will be another story, and I will try as always.”
Valentino Rossi saw a resurgence in 2015 after almost half a decade as he suffered a lean patch with Ducati where he was unable to win a single race in the two years he raced for the Italian team in 2011-12.
Yamaha team managing director Lin Jarvis said the squad was well aware how tough the manner of Rossi’s last-gasp defeat to team-mate Jorge Lorenzo would have felt for him.
“To lose the championship by only five points must be very tough when he’d been leading it from the beginning. We knew only one could win. This is a problem of having two great riders in a team – even when you win everything, somebody’s unhappy. It was going to go one way or the other, and it went the way that it did for all of the reasons it did. You can’t turn back the clock. You have to focus only on the future.”
The 2015 Moto GP title was scandalous as the penultimate race incident had given Lorenzo an upper hand. At the Sepang MotoGP, Rossi appeared to kick out at Marquez as the duo jostled for third place on lap seven, with Marquez crashing out of the race. Rossi was given three penalty points when race officials reviewed the incident and, as a result, had to start from back of the grid in the championship deciding Spanish GP in Valencia.