Sepang the scene for three possible World Champions on race-day

Saturday, 20 October 2012

The MotoGP™ championship has reached its point where a World Champion could be crowned in all three classes tomorrow, and motogp.com brings you the scenarios for title success.

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo could win his second premier-class title in Malaysia, the same track he won his first 2010 title at, due to the fact he has a 28-point lead at the top of the championship standings. He would first of all have to win the race, but would also need a little help from his Repsol Honda rival Dani Pedrosa, who could not finish any higher than in 13th place.

For Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez the chances are somewhat higher in Moto2™. The only man to stand in his way is Tuenti Movil HP 40’s Pol Espargaró, who could prevent it from happening tomorrow by taking victory, as this would reduce Márquez’s current 53-point lead to less than the 50 required. If Espargaró finishes second then Márquez needs to win the race to take the title, however if Espargaró finishes third, then Márquez needs to finish fourth or better. As the positional scenarios drop, Márquez’s chances increase drastically, as, if Espargaró comes in fourth, Márquez needs to finish sixth or better, whilst if Espargaró finishes between fifth and twelfth, then Márquez can afford to finish no more than three places behind him. If however Espargaró finishes thirteenth or worse, Márquez will win the title in Malaysia even if he does not score any points.

In Moto3™, Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Sandro Cortese has the best chances of all to take his first world title in tomorrow’s race, with first, second or third clinching the deal. With Maverick Viñales out of contention, RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom is the only man that could prevent it. If Salom wins the race, Cortese needs to finish second or third, yet if Salom finishes second, then Cortese only needs to finish sixth or better. Salom in third would see the German needing at least tenth place, while thirteenth would be sufficient if the Spaniard is fourth. If Salom finishes fifth, then Cortese needs to finish fifteenth or better, yet if Salom finishes lower than fifth then he cannot stop Cortese winning the title.

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