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GP Week : Issue 29
>>Moto GPnews Rossi can clinch the title at Motegi VALENTINO Rossi could clinch his sixth premier-class World Championship this weekend at Motegi … even if he fails to finish the race. The last two remaining rivals in a year that started slowly for the Italian superstar – his first win only in the fourth round – are Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa. But each has only the most slender of mathematical chances, with four rounds remaining. Stoner can put off his defeat by one more race if he finishes in the top four at Motegi, but if the Ducati rider does win, he still needs Rossi to finish below fourth. Anything better than that and Rossi becomes unassailable. His lead (presently 87 points) needs to be 75, with three rounds remaining. Even if Stoner does claw back an advantage of more than 75 points, he would still need to win every remaining race, and for Rossi to score no more points. Pedrosa’s chances are even more remote. He is presently 94 points adrift. He must win at Motegi and the three remaining rounds, in Australia, Malaysia and Valencia, again with Rossi scoring zero. Disasters apart, Rossi is unlikely to ride only for the points in Japan, or anywhere else. “It is easier to try to win,”is his mantra. Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport eNews ... 13