It certainly cannot be said that MotoGP did not throw up any surprises this year with 9 different winners in 14 races. It was the same record number as in 2016 but this season uncertainty dominated proceedings even more. It remains to be seen whether 2021 will continue along the same lines or if instead we will see a more ‘normal’ championship, with fewer riders fighting for the race wins and the title.
Cal Crutchlow, who will be Yamaha test rider from next year, has no doubts about it: "I think you're going to keep seeing these surprise winners, I think you're going to keep seeing a lot of guys on the podium spread out across the year because everybody is on a factory bike essentially,” he explained to Autosport.
Cal, however, is betting on one name in particular, which is that of his friend Jack Miller, who will be in the factory Ducati team together with Bagnaia.
"From my side I want to see Jack win," he declared. "I think he proved he's been able to go for it. He's gone for it in these last races again. There's no reason he can't go for the title next year.”
Crutchlow would also like to see another rider in particular back in the battle…
"I look forward to seeing Marc come back because he's been dominant so much over the last years and he deserves to be on the grid," he concluded.