6 - Andrea Dovizioso

Fifth in the world championship, with seven podiums, perhaps Andrea Dovizioso deserves to be higher than sixth in our ranking.

The Italian certainly scored more podiums, points and fastest laps than the rider we placed in fifth, but the question we asked was 'how close did Dovizioso get to extracting the maximum potential from the equipment he had'?

And being on a factory Honda, with which team-mate Dani Pedrosa won four races and finished second in the championship (despite missing three races) went against Dovizioso in our list.

That's not to say he didn't have a good season, it's just that factory Honda riders are expected to win races - as Dovi himself did at Donington in 2009.

Dovizioso came close to winning again in 2010 though. Extremely close: At Sepang, he finished just 0.224sec from Valentino Rossi and victory.

By that time Pedrosa was recuperating from a fractured collarbone and, for whatever reason, only one or other of the Repsol Honda riders did well in races this season - rarely both.

In fact, they shared the podium just once, when Pedrosa won at Mugello and Dovizioso was second.

Dovizioso's season began and finished well, with something of a barren patch through the middle stages.

Quick to adapt to Ohlins suspension, which he first switched to in the closing stages of last year, Dovizioso celebrated four podiums from the first five rounds to sit second in the world championship, but didn't spray champagne at the next eight races.

The season ended with three podiums from the last five races, but it was too late to threaten Casey Stoner for fourth in the world championship, which effectively slipped away after a steering problem at Phillip Island.

Statistics - Andrea Dovizioso:

Team: Repsol HondaBike: Honda RC212V

Championship position: 5thPoints: 206

Race starts: 18 (out of 18)Pole positions: 1Victories: 0Podiums: 7Fastest laps: 1Best result: 2nd (Silverstone, Motegi, Sepang)Points finishes: 15

Crash.net's Top 10 MotoGP riders of 2010:
6. Andrea Dovizioso
7. Nicky Hayden
8. Marco Simoncelli
9. Randy de Puniet
10. Alvaro Bautista



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