The title battle and a couple of milestone first-time victories aside, the 2019 MotoGP campaign is on course to leave its mark as the season of Fabio Quartararo's emergence - should the 20-year-old go on to deliver on his early promise.
Quartararo is now MotoGP's youngest-ever polesitter, and has repeatedly proven that his bursts of pace on the rookie-friendly Yamaha M1 are no fluke. As a result, he's gone from motorcycle grand prix racing's forgotten prodigy - after four middling years in the lower categories - to arguably its hottest property ahead of the anticipated 2021 silly season.
At the same time, for one reason or another, Quartararo has so far been somewhat short of actual standout race results, and even though he is clearly the big discovery of 2019, there's a rider two places higher in the standings whose early performances this season could prove just as significant. That rider is KTM's Pol Espargaro.