What does all this add up to? Jorge Lorenzo leads Pedrosa by 33 points, and if Pedrosa and Lorenzo finish 1-2 in all four remaining races, Pedrosa will gain five points each time and Lorenzo will be champion by 13 points. If, as is expected, Stoner, injured at Indianapolis, rejoins the series at Motegi, and if Pedrosa and Stoner finish 1-2 ahead of Lorenzo every time, Pedrosa could win by three points. That's a lot of "ifs," even though Motegi suits the Hondas (a series of dragstrips joined by lower-gear corners). Would Stoner, in his last MotoGP events, want to be remembered as an obedient man who took orders? Or as a racer who won every race he possibly could? The ifs keep it interesting!