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Despite a shortened 14-round world championship, MotoGP is on the verge of matching the all-time record for different race winners in a single season, heading into this weekend's second Aragon event.

Last Sunday saw Alex Rins become the eighth different winner as the Spanish star, injured at the start of the season, took his and Suzuki's first victory of the year.

There has never been such a wide variety of winners during the opening 10 rounds of a premier-class campaign, while the all-time season record stands at 9 different winners in 2016 (18 races).

There are at least two good reasons to believe that 2020 will soon match that record; and their names are Joan Mir and Alex Marquez.

Mir, Rins' team-mate, took over the lead of the MotoGP standings with a third place last Sunday. With five podiums already this season, an appearance on the top step seems only a matter of time…

But it was rookie Marquez who got closest to Rins' on Sunday, the Repsol Honda rider backing up his debut wet rostrum appearance at Le Mans by crossing the line just 0.263s from victory in Aragon.

And don't rule out Takaaki Nakagami, the Japanese - now with a new Honda contract in his pocket - may yet to feature on the MotoGP podium but he was only 4.5s from victory last Sunday and has traditionally been stronger at the second of the back-to-back events this year.

The same also applies to KTM, which put one rider on the podium at the second of the back-to-backs at both the Red Bull Ring (1st) and Misano (3rd). With three podiums so far, Pol Espargaro also has the speed to become MotoGP's ninth winner – and has made clear he's willing to risk a fall in pursuit of a KTM victory before departing for Honda.

Four riders covered by 15 points

A nightmare race for Fabio Quartararo last weekend means the Petronas Yamaha rider lost the world championship lead for the first time this season.

With four rounds to go it's now Mir on top by 6 points from Quartararo, with Monster Yamaha's Maverick Vinales 12 points behind with Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso completing a title quartet covered by just 15 points.

As such, any of the top four could mathematically be leading after this Sunday's race…

Aragon: MotoGP Championship standings
Pos RiderNatTeamPointsDiff.
1^1Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)121 
2˅1Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)115(-6)
3^1Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)109(-12)
4˅1Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)106(-15)
5=Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)92(-29)
6=Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)87(-34)
7^5Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)85(-36)
8˅1Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)82(-39)
9˅1Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)77(-44)
10˅1Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)69(-52)
11=Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)*67(-54)
12^2Alex MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)*67(-54)
13˅3Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP20)65(-56)
14˅1Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)58(-63)
15=Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia (GP19)53(-68)
16=Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP20)42(-79)
17=Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)27(-94)
18^1Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)21(-100)
19˅1Iker LecuonaSPARed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*20(-101)
20=Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)11(-110)
21=Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)8(-113)
22=Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (GP19)8(-113)
23=Michele PirroITADucati Test Rider (GP20)4(-117)

 

2020 MotoGP race winners
RiderNatTeamWins
Fabio QuartararoFRA Petronas Yamaha3
Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory1
Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team1
Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech31
Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha1
Maverick VinalesSPAMonster Yamaha1
Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team1
Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar1

 

Revised 2020 MotoGP Calendar (including free weekends)

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

1

19 July

Spain

Jerez

2

26 July

Andalusia

Jerez

 

2 August

 

 

3

9 August

Czech Republic

Brno

4

16 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring

5

23 August

Styria

Red Bull Ring

 

30 August

  
 

6 September

  

6

13 September

San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

7

20 September

Emilia Romagna e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

8

27 September

Catalunya

Barcelona

 

4 October

  

9

11 October

France

Le Mans

10

18 October

Aragon

Aragon

11

25 October

Teruel

Aragon

 

1 November

  

12

8 November

Europe

Ricardo Tormo

13

15 November

Comunitat Valenciana

Ricardo Tormo

14

22 November

Portugal

Portimao

 

 

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