6th - Maverick VinalesAverage score out of ten: 7.18Team: Team Suzuki EcstarBike: GSX-RR (Factory)Wins: 0Podiums: 0Poles: 0Fastest Laps: 0Championship points: 97Championship position: 12th out of 28

Suzuki rookie Maverick Vinales opens the top six in Crash.net's MotoGP Star of the Year poll, receiving an average score of 7.18 out of 10.

The Spaniard was fast-tracked to the premier-class after four wins during his only season in Moto2, showing maturity beyond his 20 years as he methodically learnt the intricacies of MotoGP and the new GSX-RR.

Vinales scored points in the opening ten races - an unprecedented feat for a rookie - and qualified second on the grid at Catalunya, just 0.083s behind experienced team-mate Aleix Espargaro.

The younger Spaniard went on to claim what would be Suzuki's best result of its comeback season with sixth in the race, a result Espargaro later matched at Aragon and Vinales repeated at Sepang.

Espargaro got the better of Vinales by just eight points in the final championship standings.

Maverick's performances soon saw him picked out as a future MotoGP 'Top Gun' by the likes of Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi.

Unsurprisingly, many believe Suzuki faces a real fight to keep hold of its young star beyond 2016...

About the vote:
Rather than repeat the Riders' World Championship standings, the MotoGP Star of the Year poll expects viewers to take into account factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, riding style, experience, injuries, progress and personality just as much as race results.

Over 100,000 votes were cast for the 2015 Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year poll, where viewers awarding each of this year's participants with a mark out of ten.

2015 MotoGP Star of the Year: Results so far6th Maverick Vinales SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 7.187th Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 7.098th Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati 6.49th Aleix Espargaro SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 6.210th Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team 5.9Full ranking to be revealed alongside the winner.

Maverick Vinales in the Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year pollMotoGP Star of the Year 2015: 6thMotoGP Star of the Year 2014: N/AMotoGP Star of the Year 2013: N/AMotoGP Star of the Year 2012: N/AMotoGP Star of the Year 2011: N/AMotoGP Star of the Year 2010: N/AMotoGP Star of the Year 2009: N/AMotoGP Star of the Year 2008: N/A

 

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