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The top ten MotoGP bikes?

It's perfectly reasonable to criticise our system for not taking into account how many motorcycles each factory entered, but we ultimately felt it was the correct result to reward Honda (or anyone else) for being able to supply so many motorcycles of podium standard, while others decided to concentrate on a smaller number of entries.

5. 2006 Honda RC211V
Podium Points: 50
Bonus Points: 15 (5x3)
Races: 17
Final Score: 3.82

The most recent Honda motorcycle to win the MotoGP World Championship was prevented from a higher listing due to the evenness of the three main brands during 2006.

An impressive five different '06 RCV riders took a podium, handing it good Bonus Points, but the Podium Points score was down due to close competition from Yamaha and Ducati.

6. 2010 Yamaha YZR-M1
Podium Points: 58
Bonus Points: 9 (3x3)
Races: 18
Final Score: 3.72

The bike that took Jorge Lorenzo to his first MotoGP title in 2010 features sixth on our list, partly because high-scorer Valentino Rossi missed the middle part of the season due to a broken leg.

Lorenzo, Rossi and rookie Ben Spies all made podiums appearances on last year's YZR-M1 - although, unlike the 2009 and 2008 M1s - the '10 couldn't manage a rostrum at every round, missing out at Aragon.

7. 2008 Yamaha YZR-M1
Podium Points: 55
Bonus Points: 9 (3x3)
Races: 18
Final Score: 3.56

Another world championship winning Yamaha, this time in the hands of Valentino Rossi, whose efforts were ably backed up by rookie team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, while new Tech 3 signing Colin Edwards made it three M1s to grace the podium during the year.

8. 2005 Honda RC211V
Podium Points: 42
Bonus Points: 18 (6x3)
Races: 17
Final Score: 3.53

This bike only narrowly beat that year's title-winning Yamaha in our list - the Honda scoring three less Podium Points, but then edging back ahead thanks to a superb six different riders on the podium compared to just two for the M1.

Ducati wasn't a factor early in the season, but its new partnership with Bridgestone gathered strength as the year went on.

=9. 2007 Ducati Desmosedici
Podium Points: 45
Bonus Points: 9 (3x3)
Races: 18
Final Score: 3.00

Ducati's only MotoGP championship winning motorcycle to date was restricted to just joint ninth on our list due to the often lone efforts of champion Casey Stoner.

The Australian took 14 of the GP7's 19 podiums and all but one of its 11 race wins.

Only twice in the 18-race season did two Ducatis finish on the podium at the same race, leaving the door open for Yamaha and Honda bikes to collect the Podium Points.

=9. 2005 Yamaha YZR-M1
Podium Points: 45
Bonus Points: 6 (2x3)
Races: 17
Final Score: 3.00

Valentino Rossi's second season at Yamaha may have brought even greater personal success than the first, but the situation was similar to Stoner in 2007 in that fellow riders were unable to enjoy anything like the same glory.

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January 04, 2011 11:45 AM

Interesting analysis.The only Ducati on the list ranked joint 'stone' last. That was the GP 07. Yet commenters still say Stoner had a huge advantage 07,08,09. Well to be fair,he did have a huge advantage... sheer guts and raw talent. Problem for Ducati is,that huge advantage will be with HRC this year.


January 05, 2011 4:37 PM

I really cant believe there are any 800's on the list at all. They're the anti-fun bikes, sure they look deceptively similar to their 990 brethren, but underneath the carbon bodywork lies a potent combination of soulless technology and a lack of torque :)... Seriously though, I'd rather see the 2007 iteration of Suzuki's 990 V4 (which finished 4th with Hopper aboard) than any of the 800's.

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