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7th: MotoGP Rider of the Year vote

You vote Aleix Espargaro 7th in's MotoGP Rider of the Year poll
MotoGP Rider of the Year 2012:
7th Aleix Espargaro
Your score out of 10: 6.24 (average)

Team: Power Electronics Aspar
Bike: ART (CRT)
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Poles: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Championship points: 74 (4.1 points per start average)
Championship position: 12th

After an indifferent 2011 season in Moto2, Aleix Espargaro may not have been an obvious choice for a MotoGP return, but the Spaniard repaid Aspar's faith by claiming top CRT honours - raising his reputation in the process.

While team-mate and early season CRT favourite Randy de Puniet often held the one-lap advantage, out-qualifying Espargaro 10-8, the Spaniard outscored de Puniet in 12 of the 18 races.

Espargaro eventually took his ART to twelfth in the final championship standings, with an advantage of twelve points over de Puniet.

Highlights included a ninth place at Laguna Seca, eighth in the wet of Sepang and becoming the first CRT rider to lead a MotoGP race by charging to the front in the early laps at the damp Valencia finale.

Espargaro also showed impressive consistency by scoring in all but two races and comfortably secured a contract extension, alongside de Puniet, for 2013.

Seventh place on your 2012 Rider of the Year list makes Espargaro the highest ranked CRT rider in the countdown.'s MotoGP Rider of the Year vote 2012:
7. Aleix Espargaro 6.24
8. Alvaro Bautista 6.10
9. Randy de Puniet 5.83
10. Nicky Hayden 5.67

Your complete ranking, featuring all full-time 2012 MotoGP riders, will be revealed after the winner is announced on December 31.

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Nate Doggius - Unregistered

December 26, 2012 5:22 AM

it's speculative but let's say Rossi didn't make the top 10, is that such a travesty as many here claim? It's a poll on how we rated riders. I'm not sure Rossi deserved too many accolades. With his talent + amount of money Ducati spent on his bike over the last 2 years, he should've done better, much better... Hence the low ranking. Couple that with the fact he still got so much airtime while not performing all that well and it just rubbed our noses into what should've been happening but wasn't. If forgotten espargo actually lead a race for a few laps. That was wild, I think I fell off my chair when it happened, considering that this year, I don't think outside of stoner Lorenzo and Pedeosa anyone else had yet lead a lap, dry or wet, I think that has to count for something.

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