7th – Jorge Lorenzo
Average score out of ten: 6.2
3rd out of 27
When reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo dominated the opening 2016 test at Sepang, then won the first race of the new Michelin era in Qatar, he looked in with an excellent chance of winning a fourth premier-class title.
Despite a DNF in Argentina, the silky-smooth Spaniard went on to finish the first third of the season with a ten-point advantage over Marc Marquez (and 37-point advantage over team-mate Valentino Rossi) - highlighted by a thrilling victory over the Honda rider in Mugello.
But by the time MotoGP headed for its mid-season break just three rounds later, Lorenzo had been rammed by Andrea Iannone in Catalunya, then seen his lack of confidence in the wet Michelin front tyre mercilessly exposed in Assen and Germany.
Lorenzo lost 58 points to Marquez in the space of those three races and, with hindsight, his title challenge was over.
Although Lorenzo returned to the podium during the second half of the season, his results were hit and miss - the outcome reflecting his varying confidence in the front tyre. The #99 wouldn't win again until his Yamaha farewell at Valencia, by which time it was too late to prevent Rossi surpassing him as title runner-up.
It's worth remembering that Rossi didn't win at all during the second season half of the season - the likes of Honda, Ducati and Suzuki gaining ground on the M1, a bike which had won five of the opening seven races.
After spending all nine of his premier-class seasons at Yamaha, Lorenzo will start a new chapter in his career by joining Ducati next season, where the 44-time MotoGP race winner will attempt to claim the Italian factory's first title since 2007.
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.
2016 MotoGP Star of the Year: Results so far
7th Jorge Lorenzo
SPA Movistar Yamaha 6.2
8th Jack Miller
AUS Marc VDS Honda 5.7
9th Dani Pedrosa
SPA Repsol Honda 5.5
10th Danilo Petrucci
ITA Pramac Ducati 5.19
Full ranking to be revealed alongside the winner.
Jorge Lorenzo in the Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year poll
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