MotoGP Rider of the Year 2012: 6th Stefan Bradl Your score out of 10: 7.12 (average)

Team: LCR Honda Bike: RC213V (satellite) Wins: 0 Podiums: 0 Poles: 0 Fastest Laps: 0 Championship points: 135 (7.5 points per start average) Championship position: 8th

There were plenty of question marks over how Stefan Bradl might perform in MotoGP, given the problems experienced by LCR Honda predecessor and fellow reigning Moto2 champion Toni Elias.

However the German soon proved an impressive addition to the grid - his calm, methodical approach to understanding the complexities of MotoGP being touted as the perfect template for future rookies to follow.

The only newcomer on a manufacturer machine, Bradl established himself as a regular top six finisher by the mid--point of the season.

A podium looked more than possible, but ultimately proved elusive: Bradl missed out by just 0.046s at Mugello and fell from third at Aragon, but eight top-six results left a positive impression.

HRC also liked what they saw, and announced a 2014 contract soon after the end of the season.

Bradl is the first rider on your list whose average score exceeded 7 out of 10.'s MotoGP Rider of the Year vote 2012:
6. Stefan Bradl 7.12
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.

Do you agree the poll results? Leave your comments below...