10th - Danilo Petrucci
Average score out of ten: 5.19
14th out of 27
Danilo Petrucci kicks off the top ten countdown for Crash.net's
2016 MotoGP Star of the Year poll.
An eye-catching 2015 campaign coupled with the more potent Ducati GP15 offered huge potential for this season, but Petrucci's efforts were hampered from the off when he broke his hand in winter testing and was forced to withdraw from the season opener in Qatar.
Petrucci made his belated 2016 race debut at Le Mans but, despite consistent points finishes, standout results never appeared for the Italian - who notably fell while leading at the wet-dry German round.
The contest with team-mate Scott Redding for a GP15 ride next year made it harder to take the kind of risks needed for a satellite rider to challenge for the podium - but certainly ramped up the pressure between the Pramac riders, culminating in contact at Aragon, for which Petrucci was handed a ride-through penalty.
Nevertheless, a largely forgettable season ended on a high by outscoring Redding from Brno onwards and thus securing the coveted GP17. The quick-witted Italian, who slipped two places compared to last year's vote, will expect to make full use of such machinery and deliver his best ever MotoGP season in 2017.
About the vote:
Rather than repeat the riders' championship standings, Crash.net's
MotoGP Star of the Year poll (which began in 2008) expects viewers to take into account factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, riding style, experience, injuries, progress and personality as much as race results.
Over 70,000 votes were cast for the 2016 poll, with viewers awarding each of this year's participants with a mark out of ten. The average score for each rider was then used to compile the final results.
Danilo Petrucci in the Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year poll
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