A victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix from Lorenzo would decide the MotoGP championship in his favor.
As the 2010 MotoGP championship comes closer to an end with just four races left –Malaysia, Australia, Portugal, and Valencia- , Jorge Lorenzo will have his first chance to crown himself as the champion if he wins in Sepang. This racetrack brings good memories to the Spaniard rider, since this is where his second Moto2 championship was accomplished in 2007. Three years later Lorenzo finds himself at the gates of another title, only that this time there is a big difference: it would be his first Moto GP championship.
Besides having the opportunity to witness Lorenzo proclaim himself as the champion, the 2010 Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix will also have a special celebration, as this will be 20th anniversary of the competition, which hosted its first race in 1991. This racetrack is known for being long and modern, and where dealing with the rain is something very characteristic of it. Last year’s race is just an example of how rain is a common factor on this racetrack, when the riders had to wait over 30 minutes until the heavy rain yielded.
Last year’s race was won by Australian rider Casey Stoner –Ducati Team-, who has performed at a great level in the past two races – Japan Grand Prix and Gran Premio A-Style de Aragon- to finish in first place. These two wins are his first ones of the season, and have helped him to consolidate in the third position with 180 points. Although he won’t be able to fight for the title, since Lorenzo’s 297 are impossible to reach with just 100 points left to dispute in the next four races, he still has a shot to finish the championship in second place, which is occupied by Dani Pedrosa with 228 points.
Speaking about Pedrosa, believe it or not he might present in Australia despite the collarbone fracture he suffered this past Friday in Japan during the practice for the Grand Prix at Motegi. His accident was product of a technical error wit the throttle cable, which prevented him from closing it when he hit the brakes. He then returned to Spain, where he went through surgery, and seems to be healing just fine according to his words:
“my condition has improved in the past two days”.
With Pedrosa out of Malaysia -unless a miraculous recuperation occurs or Ducati Team decides to take a risk – another obstacle has been removed from Lorenzo’s race to the title, since his fellow countryman is the only rider with real chances of wining the championship.
This Sunday Lorenzo will have to come out with a different tactic from what he was shown in the last two races -where he has finished in 4th place- if he wants to assure his first Moto GP title. In Japan and Aragon he was focused in maintaining his distance in the statistics from the rest, rather than finishing up on the podium, to avoid risks that could compromise his season. But now is a good chance to take those risks and put an end to Pedrosa’s title aspirations.