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Top 10 MotoGP riders of 2010: 1st

Jorge Lorenzo 1st in's top 10 MotoGP riders of 2010.
It's hard to make a rational case for the world champion not being the top rider in any season, and it would be a travesty to name anyone other than Jorge Lorenzo as our 2010 MotoGP rider of the year.

Lorenzo beat his rivals in just about every way in 2010 - claiming more points, more wins, more podiums, more poles and less DNFs than anyone else.

The only 2010 stat of note Lorenzo didn't lead was fastest race laps - nearest rival Dani Pedrosa claimed eight compared with four for Lorenzo.

But that only adds to the strength of Lorenzo's achievements, since it means Jorge often won without possessing the fastest bike over a single race lap.

The Spaniard won nine races (the next best was Pedrosa with four) and took a total of 16 podiums on his way to a record 383 points.

Lorenzo was the only rider in any of the three grand prix classes to score at every round this year and his worst finish was fourth (twice).

The big question will always be what might have been, had Fiat Yamaha team-mate and reigning seven time champion Valentino Rossi not hurt his shoulder after round one, then broken his leg at round four.

But it's rare for any MotoGP season to pass without injury for one of the title contenders and Lorenzo also began the year injured, a pre-season training accident forcing him to miss one of the three winter tests.

Ultimately, Rossi was trailing Lorenzo by nine points at the time of his Mugello crash and, even if Rossi had continued his points average of 20.3 per race (over the first three events) for the full 18-round season the Italian would still have finished 17 points behind Lorenzo.

Lorenzo averaged an amazing 21.3 points per race in 2010.

Statistics – Jorge Lorenzo:

Team: Fiat Yamaha
Bike: Yamaha YZR-M1

Championship position: 1st
Points: 383

Race starts: 18 (out of 18)
Pole positions: 7
Victories: 9
Podiums: 16
Fastest laps: 4
Best result: 1st (Jerez, Le Mans, Silverstone, Assen, Catalunya, Laguna Seca, Brno, Estoril, Valencia)
Points finishes: 18's Top 10 MotoGP riders of 2010:
1. Jorge Lorenzo
2. Dani Pedrosa
3. Valentino Rossi
4. Casey Stoner
5. Ben Spies
6. Andrea Dovizioso
7. Nicky Hayden
8. Marco Simoncelli
9. Randy de Puniet
10. Alvaro Bautista

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Sasha - Unregistered

November 19, 2010 11:10 AM

Shall we discredit a lot of Rossi's championships too? - The bike was developed by Doohan (NSR500) - Early fourstroke advantage from Honda - Pedrosa is always injured - Jorge broke his ankles too much in his first year - In 250's there was hardly any competition left after Capirossi and Harada went to 500GP - Stoner was on a C-grade Honda in his first year - Sete Gibernau and Biaggi rode semi-factory bikes most of the time - Rossi had the advantage of premium midnight specials Michelin support - Colin Edwards is the ideal 2nd rider, great feedback, but never fast enough to cut it - Barros was a fossil - Capirossi got crashed to **** when he had the only chance to win the championship with Ducati Excuses excuses excuses. I am so ******* tired of all those excuses for loss and for wins.

The Wall - Unregistered

November 21, 2010 3:05 PM

Rossi divided the garage so each could do its own development. We know who won that one. Rossi ridiculed himself by whining about set up and asking for more updates while Lorenzo was silently winning races galore. All development work on Lorenzo's bike was done by Ramon Forcada and crew. Rossi and Burgess were too proud to accept defeat. That's where the "It's Lorenzo or me in 2011" came from. Forcada and Lorenzo were running circles around them. And keeping their mouth shut at the same time. Something Rossi and Burgess don't seem to manage too well.

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