With the first eleven rounds of the 17-stop 2006 MotoGP season now complete, the table below shows team-mate vs. team-mate in terms of qualifying and race results.
The potential maximum score for both qualifying and race performance is 11 (if a rider has beaten his team-mate at every grand prix) but if one rider missed an event through injury (or temporarily switched teams in the case of Alex Hofmann) then that grand prix was not included.
The comparison does not take into account mechanical failures - if a rider failed to finish, for whatever reason, then they were given a score of 0 for that race. If both riders failed to finish, both received 0.Team-mate vs. team-mate after the first 11 races of 2006:
1. Rizla Suzuki
: Hopkins 6 – Vermeulen 5 (qualifying) Hopkins 6 – Vermeulen 4 (race)
2. Repsol Honda
: Hayden 6 – Pedrosa 5 (qualifying) Hayden 7 – Pedrosa 4 (race)
2. Camel Yamaha
: Rossi 6 – Edwards 5 (qualifying) Rossi 7 – Edwards 4 (race)
4. Fortuna Honda
: Melandri 6 – Elias 3 (qualifying) Melandri 7 – Elias 1 (race)
5. Ducati Marlboro
: Capirossi 6 – Gibernau 3 (qualifying) Capirossi 8 – Gibernau 0 (race)
6. Pramac d'Antin
: Hofmann 8 – Cardoso 1 (qualifying) Hofmann 7 – Cardoso 2 (race)
7. Kawasaki Racing
: Nakano 9 – de Puniet 2 (qualifying) Nakano 8 – de Puniet 2 (race)
8. Tech 3 Yamaha
: Checa 11 – Ellison 0 (qualifying) Checa 11 – Ellison 0 (race)Ranking in terms of evenness
*Honda LCR (Casey Stoner), Team Roberts (Kenny Roberts Jr) and Konica Minolta Honda (Makoto Tamada) were not included as they only have one rider.
From the table, the most evenly-matched MotoGP rider pairing is that of Rizla Suzuki's John Hopkins
and Chris Vermeulen, with Hopkins just having the edge over rookie Vermeulen in both qualifying and race results. As with the other teams in the top three, both riders have competed in all eleven rounds so far, although neither rider reached the finish at Qatar due to mechanical problems.
Hopkins and Vermeulen are followed closely by Repsol Honda's line-up of world championship leader Nicky Hayden
and rookie Dani Pedrosa, who are 'tied' with Camel Yamaha's Valentino Rossi
and Colin Edwards. However, reigning world champion Rossi has suffered three DNFs due to tyre and/or engine problems and was one of several riders that chose to ride on whilst injured.
The most unequal rider pairing of the season so far is that of Tech 3 Yamaha's Carlos Checa and James Ellison. Ellison is yet to beat Checa in either qualifying or a race, but will hope that the new 'chatter free' M1 frame he is due to receive from Brno will improve his fortunes. Kawasaki, Pramac d'Antin, Ducati Marlboro and Fortuna Honda also have a clearly dominant rider in their team.
Round twelve of the 2006 world championship, the Czech Republic Grand Prix, takes place at Brno on August 20.