5. Jonathan Rea
A rollercoaster of a season for Jonathan Rea, when he was hitting the peaks – his double win at Assen and success at Brno -, he was unstoppable, but when he dipped – such as Misano -, he was nowhere to be seen.
Indeed, the fact Rea ended his season fourth in the standings – 154 points adrift of series winner Max Biaggi – is testament to the inconsistencies that blighted occasional unbeatable pace.
His second season in the series, Rea was tipped as a favourite for the 2010 title, but just like Noriyuki Haga, an average start to the year in which he managed just a single podium during the opening six races pushed him onto a back foot he couldn't quite recover from.
A stunning return to form at Assen followed as Rea won both races from pole position, the Northern Irishman earning bragging rights by coming out top of two immensely competitive races around Ten Kate Racing's home venue. However, two DNFs just a week later at Monza put him back to where he started.
Indeed, Rea endured a fraught mid-season, with career defining performances at Kyalami – where he challenged for victory from a lowly grid position – being negated by anonymous outings at Miller Motorsports Park and especially at Misano where neither he nor the team could explain their lack of pace.
Indeed, with Rea himself saying the CBR1000RR is better suited to some circuits than others, he showed what a difference two weeks can make by claiming a win and second place finish at Brno.
Kick starting a run of good late season form, further podiums at Silverstone and the Nurburgring lifted Rea into a position to challenge Leon Haslam for second in the standings. In the end, a fall during qualifying at Imola would ultimately settle that feud in Haslam's favour, an injured Rea forced to watch three of the final four races from the sidelines.
Also robbed of third position in the overall standings, Rea certainly has plenty of positives to take away from the 2010 season but as he embarks on a third year under Honda's wings, he knows a title challenge will need to be founded on speed and consistency.
Ten Kate Honda
1st (Assen, Brno, Nurburgring)
Crash.net's WSBK Top 10
5. Jonathan Rea
6. Leon Camier
7. Tom Sykes
8. Troy Corser
9. Noriyuki Haga
10. Sylvain Guintoli