5th - Shoya Tomizawa
6 out of 11 starts
Shoya Tomizawa's tragic death at Misano robbed Moto2, and motorcycle grand prix, of one of its newest and most exciting stars.
A best of tenth during his first full (250cc) season in 2009, Tomizawa's talent was unleashed by the more equal equipment offered in Moto2 and he stunned the world by bolting from ninth on the grid to a 4.7sec victory in round one at Qatar.
Another podium and two poles followed before the 19-year-old lost his life at round eleven, Misano.
If Tomizawa had continued his 7.5 points-per-race average (82 points/11 rounds) for the full 17 rounds he would have concluded the championship with 127 points, good enough for sixth place.
But since Tomizawa failed to finish four of those eleven races, and had proven he could win, his potential was surely much higher.
When he did reach the flag (seven times), the Japanese scored an average of 11.7 points per race, meaning Tomizawa might have at least pushed Luthi for fourth if he had raced (and finished) the last six events (6 x 11.7 = 70.2 points, 70.2 points + 82 points= 152.2 points). Luthi scored 156 points.
Sadly we will never know.
4th - Alex de Angelis
RSM Team Scot/JiR Moto2
7 out of 12 starts
Alex de Angelis raced three different motorcycles, for three different teams, in two different championships during 2010, but overcame the uncertainly - and injury - to claim only his second grand prix victory and first for the MotoBI Moto2 chassis.
Dropping down from MotoGP, de Angelis began the year with Team Scot and qualified in fourth place for round one, but was injured on lap one of the very first Moto2 race, forcing him to miss Jerez.
The Sammarinese claimed a best finish of tenth during his five races on the Force chassis, before accepting the offer of a stand-in ride in MotoGP for three rounds. By the time Hiroshi Aoyama was fit to reclaim his place at Interwetten Honda, the Scot team had folded, leaving de Angelis without a ride for Indianapolis.
A deal with JiR was then made from Misano onwards and, after overcoming a tragic debut, de Angelis qualified on the front row next time out at Aragon and later took the first of three podiums at Sepang in Malaysia.