5th - Aleix Espargaro
Average score out of ten: 6.97
Power Electronics Aspar
CRT class wins:
93 (5.2 points per start average)
11th out of 27
CRT Championship position:
1st out of 12
Many said there was nothing to gain from riding in the privateer CRT MotoGP category, but fifth place in the Crash.net
poll for Aleix Espargaro at least proves that fans appreciate the 'underdog' achievements by those on less competitive machinery.
You gave Espargaro an average score of 6.97 out of 10, placing the Spaniard ahead of all but one satellite rider and he even edged out Factory Yamaha race winner Valentino Rossi (by 0.06).
If Rossi suffered in the vote due to a much higher scoring team-mate, Espargaro was surely boosted by the comparison - pulling in more than two and a half times as many points as fellow Aspar rider Randy de Puniet.
And while Espargaro may not have finished higher than eighth overall in a race - on his way to eleventh in the championship - his dominance of the CRT class this year was exceptional: 14 privateer victories from 18 events meant Espargaro gathered more than double the points of nearest rival Colin Edwards.
Indeed, there were often times when it wasn't a question of whether Espargaro would finish as top CRT, but which manufacturer riders he would embarrass in the process - both in qualifying and the race.
With CRT changing to the revised Open class, Espargaro's efforts on the Aprilia have earned him a ride on the new Forward Racing Yamaha for 2014.
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.