The reigning champion’s focus has now shifted to retaining his title but once again stressed why he deserved to beat Rossi to the crown.
Jorge Lorenzo claimed last year’s world title at the last minute by coming from behind to beat Valentino Rossi to the crown. While the 2015 campaign was an instant classic the champion has been forced to consistently answer critics who have decried his championship.
The final rounds of the season will be remembered for the manner in which Rossi ceded his advantage in the championship chase but for the Spaniard the 18 races of the season showed that he was the deserving champion. Lorenzo said that “I don’t have to demonstrate anything to anybody” when asked about his title.
“For me and for the people who really know about motorbikes and who see all the championship-not only the races, but also the practice sessions-and who see not only the statistics and how everyone rides on the track I deserved the title,” said Lorenzo. “The thing is that Sepang happened. It involved Márquez and Rossi and I was not involved, never on the track [with it]. It’s not my game, it’s something they have to solve all together.
“I will strive to do my best. The statistics speak for themselves: I am the one with more victories, more pole positions, more laps leading, a lot of podiums. I’ve been the fastest one, and the one who deserved the world title.
“Finally, for some circumstances, some conditions, sometimes some bad luck, I lost a lot of points that would have helped me a lot to win the championship easier. Finally the important thing is we won the world title, and this is the thing that we will remember and will stay on the books.”