Why Lorenzo's title is the stuff of legends
The jury remains out on whether MotoGP 2010 was a vintage campaign, but says Toby Moody, there is no question that its newest champion Jorge Lorenzo put together a legendary campaign to join the list of greats to win a title
Was 2010 was a classic MotoGP season? Anything that featured Valentino Rossi truly battling against rivals and his team-mate for the first time was always going to be fascinating. Until Jorge Lorenzo, he'd rarely even been bested by a team-mate in a race let alone a championship. Then Jorge turned up and beat him in a race at the third time of asking - as a rookie too - back in 2008. Ever since then, Rossi's had to contend with this annoying young pup.
Looking back at it now, the writing was always on the wall for a Lorenzo versus Rossi showdown. And while we just revelled in Rossi riding and developing the Bridgestones on his own through the 2008 season that he went on to win, once Lorenzo stopped crashing and banging his head, he was always going to fly.
As a mere 23-year-old, Lorenzo has now beaten a guy with eight years more experience in the MotoGP class, but we mustn't however be too quick in writing Rossi off just yet. He's not going to 'do a Michael Schumacher' at Ducati and slither down the order in 2011.
Rider salaries in the premier class have dropped significantly in the last four years, mainly due to the effects of the pandemic. But it has also changed due to a shift in the contractual model used by manufacturers, which is set to have a significant impact on the balance of power in 2022
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Pol Espargaro’s switch to Honda for 2021 was one of MotoGP’s biggest rider market shocks. But a difficult bike coupled with various external factors led to a difficult first campaign. As a critical 2022 campaign for both Espargaro and Honda looms, his 2021 experience hasn’t dented his long-held resolve
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Iker Lecuona’s absence from the 2022 MotoGP grid after losing his KTM ride will likely pass most onlookers by. But after just 30 race starts in a MotoGP move he was sucked into by circumstance, the World Superbike-bound 21-year-old's story should act as a warning to KTM - and MotoGP as a whole - in regards to its future stars
That Ducati will compete with eight prototypes in MotoGP this year is nothing new, having already done so between 2016 and 2018. But the involvement and coverage of the Borgo Panigale company in its alliances is now much greater than in past years, which could have the effect of unbalancing the premier class
Eight different riders won races across an ultra-competitive 2021 MotoGP season. Although Fabio Quartararo wrapped up the title with two rounds to go, the Yamaha rider had strong competition from the revitalised Ducati factory team and the world championship's returning king. Autosport picks out the year's 10 best riders
Doubts were cast over Yamaha’s French recruit after his disastrous end to the 2020 MotoGP season with Petronas SRT, but Fabio Quartararo answered them convincingly in 2021 to claim a MotoGP title that exhibited both his devastating speed and mental strength