Jorge Lorenzo feels that he beat Valentino Rossi in every department and deserves to be world champion as a result. The Spaniard overcame a seven point deficit at the last race to claim his third MotoGP world title, and fifth overall.
The final race of the season was overshadowed by controversy as Rossi accused Marc Marquez of helping Lorenzo to win the championship, but Lorenzo managed to lead the race from start to finish as Rossi could only manage fourth place – a result which handed Lorenzo the title.
Speaking after the race and after more allegations about how the title was won, Lorenzo feels that he should be appreciated as a true champion, saying:
People who really know about motorbikes understand my value as a rider and a champion. They will be happy with my achievement. Obviously people who support another rider, in this case Valentino, will never be happy about this championship. But a champion is a champion, and a champion who has my statistics this year deserves the championship, in my opinion.
On team-mate Rossi, Lorenzo didn’t hold back in claiming that he was the superior rider throughout the season, claiming that it was only circumstances that stopped him from being more consistent than the Italian.
We beat him in everything: in victories, in pole positions, in fastest laps, in laps leading the races, in leading practice sessions. Everything. Only in podiums and consistency did he beat us, and a little bit because of circumstances. In some races I could have finished first or second but it rained and I couldn’t get the best result. These races and the fact the beginning of my season was bad meant I could have arrived at Valencia 20, 30 or even 40 points ahead. This is clear.
Lorenzo also is determined not to let the controversies that hung over the paddock overshadow the celebrations for his world title, stating:
Of course I would especially prefer that there were not these polemics of the press, trying to make inventions in the news that were not true, and what happened with Marc and Valentino at Sepang was better to avoid. But these things cannot shadow my performance and my level of riding this year. This will not affect my pride about this world championship.
Lorenzo finished the season with 330 points, five points clear of Rossi and eighty-eight clear of Marc Marquez.