Casey Stoner firmly believes that Jorge Lorenzo deserved to be crowned the 2015 MotoGP champion.
The 2015 MotoGP season saw Lorenzo and his Movistar Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi compete in a tense battle for the Championship, with Lorenzo eventually triumphing by five points in a battle that came down to the last race.
While Stoner admitted that he was impressed with Rossi’s performance last season, he asserted that Lorenzo was a more worthy champion as he won more races. Lorenzo won seven races, including four in a row, while Rossi won just four.
“Valentino rode a fantastic championship, I don’t think anyone expected him to ride at that level from the first race,” Stoner has been quoted as saying by motorcyclenews.com. “But there’s no doubt that Jorge was a worthy champion. Jorge rode better and won more races.
“There is only one stat that counts. Valentino has only been pushed to the last round of the championship twice and he has lost it twice, under pressure at Valencia in 2006 and this year.”
Stoner added that he feels Lorenzo would have won the title even if Rossi hadn’t been made to start from the back of the grid in the season finale in Valencia. The 36-year-old was hit with the penalty after he was ruled to have kicked Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez off his bike during the penultimate race at Sepang.
“Valentino always won his championships with a big points margin or with at least one race to go, but this year Jorge had the momentum going to the final rounds,” he said. “Even without Valentino’s rear-of-the-grid penalty in Valencia I think still think Jorge would have won the title.
“And I understand why Valentino was frustrated at Sepang but he lost his cool. I expected to see a wiser head on his experienced shoulders. Valentino ruined his own championship.
“When a rider as fast as Jorge finds his groove around Valencia it is very, very difficult to overtake. In five out of the last nine races at Valencia the winner has led every lap. Marc was never quite close enough to dive-bomb Jorge but imagine if he did and wiped Jorge out, then there would have been even more hate coming his way.”