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Top ten MotoGP stars: Valentino Rossi [1]. recently asked for your MotoGP star of 2008, from a shortlist of ten riders provided, and the time has come to reveal the winner.

The shortlist contained the top seven riders in the world championship standings, the two other class rookies (James Toseland and Alex de Angelis) and the rider outside the top seven with the best podium results (Toni Elias) - all of whom delivered at least two 'star' performances this season.

More than 54,000 votes were cast for the MotoGP poll. The average score given for each rider was used to produce the final ranking.

MotoGP Star of the Year - first place:

Name: Valentino Rossi
Team: Fiat Yamaha
Bike: Yamaha YZR-M1
Wins: 9
Podiums: 16
Pole Positions: 2
Fastest laps: 5
Championship points: 373
Championship position: 1st

It would have been a major upset if anyone other than Valentino Rossi had been voted your MotoGP star of the year, after a 2008 season in which the Italian legend bounced back from two successive title defeats in spectacular style.

Rossi won nine out of the 18 races to clinch his sixth MotoGP title at round 15 in Japan and has now won more premier-class races than any other rider in history, having beaten Giacomo Agostini's long-standing record of 68 at Indianapolis.

The Doctor made only one race mistake, falling on lap one at Assen, and was the only rider to score points in all 18 races - 16 of which he finished on the podium, during his first season with Bridgestone tyres.

In terms of the title, Rossi's most significant win came during the US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, when he brilliantly smothered Casey Stoner's performance advantage to end the Australian's three-race win streak.

Stoner was visibly unsettled by the defeat and when the Ducati rider fell whilst leading Rossi at the next two races, Valentino's eighth world title became a case of 'when' not 'if'.

Rossi's final victory margin was 93 points over Stoner - almost four race wins - and his superb season helped Yamaha claim a perfect sweep of the 2008 Riders', Manufacturers' and Teams' World Championships.

This was Rossi's reaction at being voted's MotoGP Star of the Year:

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USGPfan - Unregistered

December 03, 2008 9:41 AM

It was great to be at laguna seca to see the battle of he year. Rossi not only out raced Stoner, he proved to all the non-believers that he has a ton of fun still winning and battling in this sport of Motogp. Cant wait for the 2009 season to begin. :)

Idiot - Unregistered

December 03, 2008 12:53 PM

Yeah Thats right Loeb - Well said. Cant Believe someone with 9 wins & 16 podiums got to be No.1... after all its fastest one lappers that should be on top... & i always thought the winner of a race was the first over the finnish line... The winner of the series being the one with most points... & the winner of a vote like this being the one with most personality & riding ability!!! SILLY ME!!!

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