19 December 2015
MotoGP Star of the Year vote - 5th: Marc Marquez
You vote Marc Marquez 5th in Crash.net's MotoGP Star of the Year poll
5th - Marc Marquez
Average score out of ten: 7.19
Team: Repsol Honda
Bike: RC213V (Factory)
Fastest Laps: 7
Championship points: 242
Championship position: 3rd out of 28
With Valentino Rossi accusing Marc Marquez of conspiring against him in the closing rounds of the season - a claim Marquez flatly denies - it was inevitable the Honda rider would suffer to some degree in this year's Star of the Year poll.
That aside, 2015 was certainly Marquez's toughest yet in the premier-class - less wins, podiums, poles, fastest laps and points than either of his previous seasons - and the first time he hadn't won a title since 2011.
A first corner mistake at the Qatar season opener would later be followed by a string of DNFs as Marquez battled rear wheel slides on corner entry, plus aggressive power delivery on corner exit with the latest RC213V.
Engine character was to blame but the ban on in-season development meant Marquez and Honda spent the rest of the year trying to indirectly fix the issues. A switch to his 2014 chassis at Assen proved a notable turning point, although the race will be remembered for the last turn clash with Rossi.
The Dutch TT was the second of three occasions the pair would collide this season and the only time Marquez emerged on two wheels, although he clearly felt hard done by when Rossi kept the win after cutting the track. The first incident had been in Argentina, while the third would be the infamous Sepang encounter.
But there were also some notable highs, Marquez proving his raw speed with five race wins, the last and most dramatic coming at Phillip Island when he snatched victory from Jorge Lorenzo with just a few corners to go.
Despite that pass, a few days later Rossi accused Marquez of playing with his race pace to try and assist Lorenzo, plus other verbal jabs. That set the scene for their Malaysian showdown, which left Marquez on the ground and Rossi starting last in Valencia.
Will Marquez be surprised by his score? It seems not, this was his reply when asked to give himself a mark out of 10:
“6. We cannot be happy about this year. Okay, maybe we were not in the best situation at the beginning of the season with the bike and everything, but then also I did a few mistakes. So 6 or 7 is enough.”
The double MotoGP champion won the fan vote in 2013 and was runner-up last year with a score of 9.0.
About the vote:
Rather than repeat the Riders' World Championship standings, the MotoGP Star of the Year poll expects 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 100,000 votes were cast for the 2015 Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year poll, where viewers awarding each of this year's participants with a mark out of ten.
2015 MotoGP Star of the Year: Results so far
5th Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda 7.19
6th Maverick Vinales SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 7.18
7th Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 7.09
8th Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati 6.4
9th Aleix Espargaro SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 6.2
10th Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team 5.9
Full ranking to be revealed alongside the winner.
Marc Marquez in the Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year poll
MotoGP Star of the Year 2015: 5th
MotoGP Star of the Year 2014: 2nd
MotoGP Star of the Year 2013: 1st
MotoGP Star of the Year 2012: N/A
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
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