MotoGP heads into its 2011 summer break with riders, teams and fans taking the opportunity to look back on the first half of a season that is turning out to be thrilling, intriguing and controversial in equal measures.
With pre-season patter focusing on Valentino Rossi's switch to Ducati and Casey Stoner defecting to Honda, there were plenty of unknowns heading into the opening rounds.
Now, at the half-way stage the two arch-rivals remain a talking-point – albeit for different reasons - with Rossi struggling to find his feet on the Desmosedici, while Stoner is edging away in his quest for a second world title.
But we want to know what you think… We have lined up several riders who we think have gone above and beyond in 2011, whether it's their outright performances (Stoner), their flashes of remarkable speed (Simoncelli), their efforts on lesser machinery (Abraham), or their ability to keep working away in the face of adversity (Pedrosa)
Who has impressed you
the most though? To cast your vote, simply CLICK HERE
If you need some help deciding, we outline some of the nominees below…
Starting at the top, Stoner has been impressive this season, gelling well with a Honda RC212V that appears to have made a significant step forward this year, the Australian winning five races and finishing off the podium just once (when he was impacted by Rossi at Valencia).
Rossi, on the other hand, has found the going tough with Ducati, the Doctor's magic seemingly unable to work on the current iteration of the GP11 – or even the rush-released GP11.1. Qualifying has been a particular bugbear, but Rossi's racing nous has shown itself on occasion this season, while he is one of just two riders (the other being his team-mate Nicky Hayden) to finish every race inside the top ten this year.
It is also worth pointing out that Rossi is just 11 points shy of Stoner's tally with Ducati at this point last season – but is that enough to say you are impressed with his performance?
Beyond Stoner and Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo has shown on occasion exactly why he was the runaway 2010 champion, the Spaniard winning twice on a bike that is generally considered to be down on pace compared to Honda this season.