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Possible combinations for Rossi to become World Champion in Rio

Possible combinations for Rossi to become World Champion in Rio

Possible combinations for Rossi to become World Champion in Rio

Valentino Rossi this weekend gets his first bite of the MotoGP title cherry, as he aims to win a World Championship in Brazil for the second time in his career. The Italian picked up the 250cc crown here in 1999 and, by scoring 11 points more than his team-mate Tohru Ukawa on Saturday, he can stretch his current advantage out to an insurmountable 100 points with four rounds remaining.

Should Rossi win tomorrow and Ukawa fail to make the podium, Rossi will be champion. If Rossi is second, he will have to hope that Ukawa comes in no higher than seventh, and if he is third then Ukawa would have to fail to make the top ten. If Ukawa finishes 14th or lower, Rossi need only finish in the top four.

The only other man who can stop Rossi lifting the title is none other than his great nemesis Max Biaggi. If the Roman finishes ahead of Rossi in the top five, he would reduce the current 101 point deficit separating him from the Honda star and delay the celebrations in the Japanese factory camp.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2002, Valentino Rossi

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