Last month, Crash.net
asked you to vote for the MotoGP rider that had impressed you most so far this season, from a shortlist of nine provided.
Voting closed earlier this week, a few days after round eight (of 17) at Laguna Seca, and the results can now be revealed (full list at end of story).
Separated by just 0.02% at the top of the list, and head and shoulders above the rest, were title contenders Casey Stoner (26.29%) and Jorge Lorenzo (26.27%).
Of the eight races so far, Stoner has finished no lower than fifth - with five podiums, two wins and a front row start at all but one round. Despite struggling with a mystery energy-sapping illness at the last three events, the 2007 world champion is currently third in the championship, seven points behind Lorenzo and 16 from Valentino Rossi.
Significantly, Stoner has once again been the only rider capable of battling for victory on a Ducati, with the next best Desmosedici rider being team-mate and fellow world champion Nicky Hayden. Hayden is just twelfth in the championship with 38 points compared with 135 for Stoner.
While Stoner's has impressed by being the lone Ducati, Lorenzo has shone for the exact opposite reason. Valentino Rossi has rarely been beaten by a rider on the same bike, but Fiat Yamaha team-mate Lorenzo has done so three times already this season. Lorenzo has also matched the Italian with seven podiums from eight starts and proved quicker in qualifying with four poles to Rossi's two.
Few could fail to be impressed by the way Lorenzo rode through the pain in last Sunday's US GP, when he came close to beating a fully fit Rossi, only to stumble as he made an impulsive pass for second. Had Lorenzo overtaken Rossi cleanly, he believes he might also have beaten Dani Pedrosa and claimed his third race win of the year.
After so much success, greatness is expected from reigning six time MotoGP world champion Rossi - who became only the second rider in history to reach 100 grand prix wins at round seven in Holland - perhaps explaining why the Italian legend was ranked only third in the poll (with 15.19% of the vote) despite leading the world championship. Rossi is also the only rider so far this year to win three races.
Just 2.82% behind Rossi was Honda's Dani Pedrosa, who probably impressed you most by his guts in riding through pain of pre-season injuries to stay firmly in the championship fight until yet another injury, this time to his hip, was inflicted at round five (Mugello).