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The top ten MotoGP bikes?

Only one other M1 rider - new team-mate Colin Edwards - joined Rossi in taking a podium, meaning the best bike of that year, under our scoring system, went to Honda instead (see number eight, above).

Of note is that 2005 was the only season that two different motorcycles - the M1 and RCV - both scored highly. All other seasons had one clearly dominant motorcycle under our scoring system.

The top 10 in brief:

1. 2003 Honda RC211V
2. 2002 Honda RC211V
3. 2004 Honda RC211V
4. 2009 Yamaha YZR-M1
5. 2006 Honda RC211V
6. 2010 Yamaha YZR-M1
7. 2008 Yamaha YZR-M1
8. 2005 Honda RC211V
=9. 2007 Ducati Desmosedici
=9. 2005 Yamaha YZR-M1

Best bike by year:

2010: Yamaha YZR-M1
2009: Yamaha YZR-M1
2008: Yamaha YZR-M1
2007: Ducati Desmosedici
2006: Honda RC211V
2005: Honda RC211V
2004: Honda RC211V
2003: Honda RC211V
2002: Honda RC211V

For reference:
Highest scoring Suzuki:
2007 GSV-R (eight podiums, two riders) 1.06
Highest scoring Kawasaki:
2005/2006/2009 ZX-RR (one second-place) 0.29

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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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