11 MotoGP caps a historic season

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Despite the record-braking dominance of Marc Marquez, MotoGP continued to attract my attention, even before the last Grand Prix in Valencia last Sunday.

When one team or driver, or should I say - rider, wins race after race and leaves no room for any speculation on the faith of the championship, we look for race within a race. Who will be the best of the rest, which driver or team will surprise or disappoint.

In MotoGP, the story of the year was the fact that there were two stories of the year. The first and most obvious one is about Marc Marquez winning his second MotoGP championship back-to-back. Not only did he secure most points, he also won in the most dominating fashion, finishing first in 13 of the 18 races, beating the Mick Doohan record for most races won in MotoGP season. Marc Marquez and his younger brother Moto3 champion Alex also became the first brothers to win Moto GP championship in the same year.

The second, less obvious story is the return of 6 times world champion Valentino Rossi. Rossi had never left the MotoGP, but it almost felt like a return, after several unsuccessful seasons in Ducati, and a beating by his teammate Jorge Lorezo last year.

The 35 year old Rossi secured 2nd place in overall standings, beating his 8 years younger teammate by 32 points, and once again proving that motorcycle racing is more about the talented rider than the best motorcycle, unlike formula 1, which is predominantly an engineering competition.

5y ago by FastestLaps
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Shaggy  5y ago

@FastestLaps: Too much power for only 2 wheels.


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Guest12900  5y ago

@FastestLaps **** you bitch!


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FastestLaps  5y ago

Can't imagine how violent the power delivery on a 500 4 cylinder 2 stroke grand prix bike could be. Can't even imagine.


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Latravelingman  5y ago

Would love to see the current guys compete on 500's without all the electronics. My money would be on Rossi. Hard to compare when the 500 raced they broke down several time per season, not very reliable.


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FastestLaps  5y ago

@NIN Ok that's fair enough. You were correct.

Wikipedia page says 6 MotoGP championships. But, obviously, the 500cc 2strokes were the direct ancestors of the modern MotoGP class.


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NIN  5y ago

Rossi's world championships...
125cc - 1
250cc - 1
500cc - 1
MotoGP - 6

500cc and MotoGP are the premier class. The name change reflects the change from 2 stroke to 4 stroke engines. The 4 stroke displacement has changed a few times over the years.


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FastestLaps  5y ago

@RD, I don't think your facts about number of championships Rossi won are straight either :)

@NIN, try spelling my name in Latvian. Mark Marquez is a good enough English approximation. But I can give you the "c", if that makes it better for you.


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Hayes  5y ago

Prefer f1


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NIN  5y ago

It's "Mick Doohan", not Doonan


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RD  5y ago

Better get your facts straight:
Rossi is a 9 times world champion, of which 7 in the motoGP class.
Marquez won 13 out of 18 races.

That is all


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NIN  5y ago

It's "Marc Márquez", not Mark.