Regardless of a shortened 14-round world championship, MotoGP is on the verge of matching the all-time file for various race winners in a single season, heading into this weekend’s second Aragon occasion.
Final Sunday noticed Alex Rins turn out to be the eighth totally different winner because the Spanish star, injured at first of the season, took his and Suzuki’s first victory of the yr.
There has by no means been such all kinds of winners in the course of the opening 10 rounds of a premier-class marketing campaign, whereas the all-time season file stands at 9 totally different winners in 2016 (18 races).
Mir, Rins’ team-mate, took over the lead of the MotoGP standings with a 3rd place final Sunday. With 5 podiums already this season, an look on the highest step appears solely a matter of time…
However it was rookie Marquez who bought closest to Rins’ on Sunday, the Repsol Honda rider backing up his debut moist rostrum look at Le Mans by crossing the road simply 0.263s from victory in Aragon.
And do not rule out Takaaki Nakagami, the Japanese – now with a brand new Honda contract in his pocket – might but to function on the MotoGP podium however he was solely 4.5s from victory final Sunday and has historically been stronger on the second of the back-to-back occasions this yr.
The identical additionally applies to KTM, which put one rider on the rostrum on the second of the back-to-backs at each the Crimson Bull Ring (1st) and Misano (third). With three podiums up to now, Pol Espargaro additionally has the pace to turn out to be MotoGP’s ninth winner – and has made clear he is keen to danger a fall in pursuit of a KTM victory earlier than departing for Honda.
4 riders coated by 15 factors
A nightmare race for Fabio Quartararo final weekend means the Petronas Yamaha rider misplaced the world championship lead for the primary time this season.
With 4 rounds to go it is now Mir on prime by 6 factors from Quartararo, with Monster Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales 12 factors behind with Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso finishing a title quartet coated by simply 15 factors.
As such, any of the highest 4 may mathematically be main after this Sunday’s race…