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…

 

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