9th – Alvaro Bautista
Average score out of ten: 5.90
Go&Fun Honda Gresini
Honda RC213V (Satellite)
171 (9.5 points per start average)
6th out of 27
Alvaro Bautista's slipped one place in the world championship relative to his first season as a Gresini Honda rider - and you likewise voted the Spaniard one place lower than last year's Crash.net
Having received an average score of 6.10 out of 10 for the 2012 season, which included Bautista's first MotoGP pole and podiums, he slipped to a 5.90 average this year.
An indifferent start to the season and an unfortunate clash with Valentino Rossi in Italy aside, Bautista was arguably the strongest satellite rider during the second-half of the season, moving to within one place and 17 points of top satellite rider Cal Crutchlow (fifth overall).
Between the German Grand Prix and the end of the season, Bautista finished outside the top five just once in eleven consecutive races.
About the vote:
Over 30,000 votes were cast for the 2013 Crash.net
MotoGP Star of the Year poll, where viewers were asked to award each of this year's full-time participants - only Ben Spies and Karel Abraham, injured for large parts of the season, were not included - with a mark out of ten.
The average score for each rider was then used to determine the final ranking, which will be revealed in full once the winner is announced.
Voting instructions were as follows: “It's your
vote, which means the criterion is entirely up to you. If you feel results are all that matter in racing, vote according to the championship standings or race wins. However most will feel factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, riding style, experience, injuries, progress and personality should also be taken into account.
“Remember, it's not just about who you want as the winner - often the most difficult decisions will be how highly to mark riders that finished lower down in the standings, on less competitive machinery.”
Last year was the first year that the reigning MotoGP world champion had not won the Crash.net
vote, will that be repeated in 2013?
2013 MotoGP Rider of the Year: Results so far
9th Alvaro Bautista
SPA Go&Fun Honda Gresini 5.90
10th Nicky Hayden
USA Ducati Team 5.48
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