It's going to be an interesting race and season. So how hard does Rossi have to ride in order to maintain a comfortable lead in first?
If Capirossi (current leader) places 2nd and Rossi 1st, that would give Rossi 52 points (27 + 25 = 52) and Capirossi 61 (41 + 20 = 61) which would still place Rossi below first place. If we extended it out in this "Capirossi math", the next race (given the same results) would show Capirossi with 81 and Rossi with 77. Next Capirossi - 101 & Rossi - 102.
But 1 point is hardly comfortable so extending it out shows that he'd probably have to win Rounds 3 - 7 to get a 11 point lead (even that's not that big a gap).
So if Capirossi wants to be world champion, he's got a good shot numbers wise. This of course can extended to other racers.
It should be interesting to see how hard Rossi has to race in order to place first should other players continually place second and Rossi first. Or stated another way, what's the average podium placement a racer has to finish in order to beat Rossi and grab the championship?
Yet another reason why placing within the top 3 is recommended on the first race and not grabbing 2 points.