There are certain similarities between this MotoGP season and that of 2000. Back then it was the consistent apparition of rain that affected more than half of the races, levelling the playing field for the machinery and favouring wet-weather specialists such as Kenny Roberts Jr on the Suzuki RG500.
This year, the absence of reigning six-time world champion Marc Marquez and the introduction of a new Michelin rear tyre have, at least up to now, been the ingredients for the most open and unpredictable season in history.
Statistics from this season show that the only consistent feature of this championship has been the lack of consistency from the riders. With 84 points to his name, Andrea Dovizioso is the lowest scoring leader in history at this stage of a championship. The fact that Mir is in fourth place but lies just four points shy of the top proves the lack of domination from any one rider, with six different winners from the seven rounds so far.