Bad information for the Vauclusien: since 2011, all the world champions at the finish of the season had extra – many for some – points than him, besides Joan Mir final 12 months (105).
Even the American Nicky Hayden, shock world champion in 2006, already totaled 144 points after nine races.
The prime stays Marc Marquez who had taken 225 points (out of 225 doable) in the first nine races of the 2019 season by … successful all the Grands Prix!
The Spaniard can also be the second-lowest scoring world champion at this level in the season with “just” 129 models in 2017.
A fiercer wrestle for victory nowadays
The Vauclusien’s points deficit in comparison with the world champions since 2011 ought to nonetheless be put into perspective. Just like Mir’s final 12 months.
In 2018, 2016, 2013 and 2011 solely 4 drivers had received after nine races. A statistic which fits down to 3 in 2012 and 2015 … and even to at least one throughout the Marc Marquez pageant in 2014.
Last 12 months, seven riders received at this stage of the season, proof that in current years, MotoGP has been far more homogeneous.
A development that Hervé Poncharal, boss of the Tech3 KTM workforce, defined at the begin of the season: “The strength of MotoGP is to have technical regulations that are not excessively out of reach for manufacturers financially and technologically, so all motorcycles are potentially winners. We have riders who are very close, sometimes ten in 0.5 seconds and that’s our strength! “
What about Fabio Quartararo?
With 156 points after nine grand prix, Fabio Quartararo is common, forward of Mir in 2020, Marquez model 2017 and Hayden in 2006.
On the different hand, it’s a little behind the different benchmark manufacturers, however nothing dramatic: -9 points in comparison with Marquez 2018, -10 points in comparison with Lorenzo in 2015 and even -12 points in comparison with Stoner in 2011 for instance.
The Niçois is clearly on time to win the cup at the finish of the season.