4th - Aleix Espargaro Average score out of ten: 6.9 Team: NGM Forward Racing Bike: Forward Yamaha (Open) Wins: 0 Open class wins: 13 Podiums: 1 Poles: 1 Fastest Laps: 0 Championship points: 126 Championship position: 7th out of 27 Open Championship position: 1st out of 13

2014 was a breakthrough season for Aleix Espargaro, who remained head and shoulders above his fellow Open class riders on the way to claiming a first MotoGP pole and podium.

Frequently a thorn in the side of the Factory class competitors, Espargaro and the new Forward Yamaha package would prove a revelation from the first days of testing through to the end of the year.

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Though the benefits of a softer compound tyre meant the bike occasionally flattered to deceive in practice and qualifying, Espargaro was extraordinary in his advantage over what was still an accomplished Open class field.

Winner of the CRT title for Aspar in 2013, Espargaro was the top Open rider in all but one of the races he finished this year - that lone defeat being due to having remounted after a crash.

Peaking with a historic pole position at Assen and then second place in Aragon, Espargaro's 2014 performance carried him to a dream factory contract for the returning Suzuki team.

You already rated Espargaro highly last season, voting him fifth (and ahead of Valentino Rossi) in the Star of the Year poll, and he duly moves up a notch for 2014.

About the vote:
Rather than repeat the Riders' World Championship standings, the MotoGP Star of the Year poll asks viewers to take into account factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, riding style, experience, injuries, progress and personality just as much as race results.

Over 50,000 votes were cast for the 2014 Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year poll, where viewers awarded each of this year's full-time participants - only Colin Edwards, who retired during the season, was not included - with a mark out of ten.

2014 MotoGP Star of the Year: Results so far 4th Aleix Espargaro SPA Forward Yamaha 6.9 5th Andrea Iannone ITA Pramac Ducati 6.8 6th Jorge Lorenzo SPA Movistar Yamaha 6.7 7th Pol Espargaro SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 6.3 8th Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda 6.2 9th Scott Redding GBR Go&Fun Honda Gresini 6.1 10th Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 5.7 Full ranking featuring all 22 full-season riders to be revealed after the winner is announced.

Aleix Espargaro in the Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year poll MotoGP Star of the Year 2013: 5th MotoGP Star of the Year 2012: 7th MotoGP Star of the Year 2011: N/A MotoGP Star of the Year 2010: N/A MotoGP Star of the Year 2009: N/A MotoGP Star of the Year 2008: N/A