MotoGP » MotoGP close finishes - Part 2: The Stats

MotoGP close finish stats: 2002-2010.

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Marcus - Unregistered

December 16, 2010 8:55 AM

It has got nothing to do with 800 vs. 990. It's the electronics that gets more and more refined, ban all traction control etc and use a control ecu. Just look at F1 when they did this, the difference between the best and worst cars got so much smaller and the racing got soo much better!


December 16, 2010 10:48 AM

Just puts it in comparison to how boring the 800's have been, ok it's had its moments, Rossi vs Stoner Laguna Seca, Rossi vs Loremzo Catalunya, Rossi vs Lorenzo Motegi, but overall its been a snore fest, roll on 2012 and the 1000's!


December 16, 2010 12:18 PM

Interesting read.An even more intersting fact is that by far the majority of those close finishes were between factory rider vs sattelite rider.In the 2-stroke days it was the opposite.All that says is that the 4-stroke era is a more even playing field for all.
As regards 990 vs 800,I guess I'm one of the few lucky ones who does not need to see a last corner move determine what is or isn't a great race.Motegi and Sepang this year,both involving Dovi,were superb.
2012 will be a continuation of 800 by and large because electronics and fuel limits will still rule.


December 16, 2010 1:21 PM

mmm,before I get a pasting for factory vs sattelite stats,I merely used the previous Top10 closest as a yardstick.Of those races 7 involved factory/sattelite and only 3 factory/factory scraps.
The other grey area when analysing these stats is what was the rider thinking with 2 laps to go and lying second and .8 seconds adrift,then finishing 3 seconds back by making a smart decision to throw in the towell.
Phillip Island 2009 and Sepang 2010 are cases in point,Rossi and Lorenzo respectively.Depriving the crowd and doing the smart thing in terms of the bigger picture,ie,the Championship.

TLRJohnny - Unregistered

December 16, 2010 5:37 PM

Check out the number of close finishes this year in Moto2 and especially in WSB!! Those are both very exciting series to watch (I also enjoy MotoGP - the riders and their backstories give plenty of interest to me, even if the racing isn't always breathtaking).

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