If something doesn't change, this is why 2020 MotoGP is the losers’ world championship...

After 7 GPs the leadership is in the hands of Dovizioso who has scored an average of 12 points per race, but there is still no rider worthy of taking over Marquez’s throne, even though Joan Mir in the last four races has been on the podium three times: better than anyone else


So far a Frenchman, two Italians, a South African, a Spaniard and a Portuguese have won races. In seven Grands Prix …and, no, it's not a joke.

At the halfway point of the championship, Misano 2, five riders got on the top step of the podium, but the plate is bare because the points leader, Andrea Dovizioso, tops the table with a paltry 84 points: an average of 12 points per race, the result of one victory, a third place and five positions off the podium, including a wooden medal (fourth place)...

The top four in this strange 'world championship' (quotation marks are obligatory) - Dovi, Quartararo, Vinales and Mir - are separated by just 4 points. An outright record. But what does it mean? That we find ourselves with the most hard-fought championship ever?

Not at all. We have seen three rookies win: Quartararo, Binder and Oliveira and the leader, Andrea, is the only doodlebug with full points. In the sense that he has always reached the finish line. Quartararo has one zero, Vinales as well and Joan Mir two even, which makes him the rider who has scored the most points in the last four races: 69.

Just to give an example, the man from Forlì has scored just 53, but if we ask if this championship belongs to the ones who grab it with their hands, a sort of ‘miniature’ world championship, in our opinion with a lower level than the previous ones, there are some observers who say that’s not the case and indeed corroborate their words with the fact that there have been five different winners who have demonstrated extremely level races.

Too bad that of these five, three had never won a Grand Prix before. And that often some senators end up behind riders who before they had never even seen on the radar....

A strange thing indeed, because in 2016 the world championship had eight different winners: Rossi, Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Marquez, Iannone, Dovizioso, Vinales, Crutchlow. Yet after 7 races Marc Marquez was in the lead with 125 points, followed by Lorenzo with 115 and Rossi with 90. I think you can easily say THAT was an extremely hard-fought world championship…

Now we don’t want to repeat what we said after the ill-fated Jerez GP during which Marquez made a mistake, taking himself out of the battle, and that is that we are in the midst of a world championship deprived of its leader with no one able to set the bar.

We also admit that the Honda rider might not have dominated, but of course we see Marc Marquez - for example - finishing behind his brother Alex at Misano as being highly unlikely... Just as it was also difficult to imagine finding ourselves in the middle of the world championship with a situation like this.

We already know what the criticism is: Michelin and its new tyres are to blame. Too bad, however, that the tyres are the same for everyone and that Yamaha has already won four Grands Prix, KTM two and Ducati one. And speaking of the Rossa: you tell me how we can explain that the runner-up in the world championship in the last three seasons is struggling so much, even in races where Bagnaia is flying (for him a DNF while he was on the podium, three races missed due to an accident, a second place and a crash while in the lead).

Ah …sure the riding style. You have to ride differently. And to do this you have to obsessively study where the other guy feathers the throttle or touches the brake lever. Splitting hairs basically. The reality is that this is a world championship in Search of an Author, and pay attention to the senators of the category because, irrespective of the ability of those who never make mistakes and always bring the bike to the finish line - an indisputable value if we talk about Endurance - what we are looking at is the Riders’ championship and, in our very personal opinion, even if the winner is always the one who scores the most points in the end, we have never liked boxing matches in which the victory is awarded by the cards…

 

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