What Rossi needs to win the title

Valentino Rossi will start Sunday's season-ending race from the back of the grid, but with a seven-point lead he still can defend his title. We look at where he needs to finish to claim his tenth World Championship, and his seventh in MotoGP.

As Lorenzo has won six races in comparison to the four of Rossi, the Spaniard will win the title if the two riders finish level on points.

Rossi will be World Champion…

If Lorenzo wins the race (25 points) then Rossi needs to finish second (20 points) to become World Champion.

 If Lorenzo finishes second (20 points) then Rossi needs to finish on the podium (at least 16 points) to become World Champion.

 If Lorenzo finishes third (16 points) then Rossi needs to finish sixth or better (at least 10 points) to become World Champion.

 If Lorenzo finishes fourth (13 points) then Rossi needs to finish ninth or better (at least seven points) to become World Champion.

 If Lorenzo finishes fifth to ninth (11 to seven points) then Rossi needs to finish no more than six places further back to become World Champion.

 If Lorenzo finishes lower than ninth then Rossi will be World Champion.

Rossi has not finished lower than fifth (in the wet at San Marino) this season, and has only finished off the podium in one additional race – at Phillip Island where he believed Marquez was hindering him.

After starting the season with a disappointing sequence of three races without a podium finish, Lorenzo has only finished off the podium in a further two races – when he came home in fourth in Germany and when he retired in San Marino.

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