World championship finished. Hopeful looks, full of expectations (and also restless…) look at 2021, which for MotoGP riders has already arrived. Cravings for revenge, expectations of glory, search for confirmations, new or old colors to show off on the suit, new or known faces inside the box, a new brand to ride or the one to which eternal fidelity has been sworn, the jump in the maximum category (tiptoe or as world champion): all this will come (it has already arrived), but it will be a new season.
Presuching that judging these exceptional guys is a game and that admiration for what they can do is an essential point, let’s start playing and give the votes to their 2020, scrolling from below the final ranking.
The 2020 MotoGp report cards
Lorenzo SAVADORI – Wikipedia He arrived following a different competitive path than his colleagues, a road perhaps more uphill, then playing only the end of the championship. Little to judge him, but we give him 5 and we wait for him.
Mika KALLIO – Wikipedia It is the only one to which it is impossible to assign a vote, its appearance must be considered as the cameo in a film: NC
Emanuele PIRRO – Wikipedia He has been the historic ducati team test rider for years, the one who does the big work and has nevertheless collected 4 world points in the debate of the presences: we give him 5,penalising him together with the team
Titus RABAT A nice 10 in camouflage: you have never seen it, when instead – with the same bike and in the same team – teammate Zarco combined all the colors to emerge. The vote is 3
Bradley SMITH He takes a nice 2,because even when the Aprilia has improved, he has remained on levels of absolute staring
Iker LECUONA Excluding Kallio, he was the least effective rider riding a KTM: the vote is 4
Stefan BRADL – The events of Marc Marquez catapulted a rider at the end of his career to support a role in which – at times – he managed to be dignified. We’d like to give him more, but he had the Honda World Champion: 4
Cal CRUTCHLOW Honor of arms to an old-school rider who was opposed by the bad man, he was always a great fighter and we like this: 6
Aleix ESPARGARO He was sensitive to the improvements of his bike, capturing the possible result when the opportunity presented itself, in the race and in practice: 5 of encouragement
Francesco BAGNAIA – At one point he had deluded us, returning to shape even after the injury suffered, but then he disappeared. His season cannot be considered positive, but we believe in it and give him a stern 4, reproachful, because he shakes
Valentino ROSSI – Wikipedia If the old Vale had maintained the level of the beginning of the season, we will probably tell another story. The positivity to the virus got him out of the way, breaking his rhythm: 5 because it’s him
Alex MARQUEZ Two level treble, in Le Mans and Aragon, and then the return to the ranks. He was also riding the World Champion bike, in the most powerful team in the world: 4 because he didn’t deserve it
Johann ZARCO – A fast rider, with a personality from other times: Zarco is not a “plastic” rider. It would have been nice – a guy like him – to see him fight in a league in the late seventies. We like it, even if it often pays its own irreverence: 7
Danilo PETRUCCI – Wikipedia Nice victory in France, but then a little: he was the victim of events and paid as a cold slap the dismissal almost at the beginning of the championship: 7 for the victory and also for racing with a bike that he knew would no longer be his and without the confidence of his
Brad BINDER The first to clear the goodness of the KTM project with victory, then – although combative – it returned to the pile. However, we are waiting for him as one of the protagonists of next season: the vote is 6
Takaaki NAKAGAMI One of the terrible guys who came up from Moto2, able to restore some lustre to the Japanese school. He too was ready to grasp the improvement of the feeling with his bike: 6
Miguel Oliveira – Wikipedia Despite having already won the Styria Grand Prix, with the Austrian bike Miguel showed maturity by putting everyone behind in the final race in Valencia. He did it as a rider by trade: grade 7
Fabio QUARTARARO – Wikipedia He was the announced heir. They deluded him and deluded him too soon. Despite the three victories (or rather: also for the three victories, compared to the final result), the vote is 4
Jack Miller He missed the race win and he deserved it all. He was the most consistent of the duchies, a fighter always with his head down. Ducati’s rematch can start with him. The vote is 7
Maverick VINALES Always deluded to be worth what and perhaps more than Marc Marquez, also for him a failed season, where certainly also the mistakes of Yamaha weigh. However, the vote remains 4
Espargaro Pol A good championship overall, his, which would have had a higher rating if KTM had continued to play the role of outsider house. But two of Marca’s companions won and he failed: the vote is 6
Andrea DOVIZIOSO – A husband with a wife in the role of separated in the house: he floated almost to the last in the upper echelons of the ranking as if for a mocking game of agony. He experienced an absurd situation, rode a motorcycle with glass shavings on the saddle, but proved to be a level professional: 7
Alex RINS He could also have been him instead of his teammate. He won before him, he was also steady, but not enough. In the end, the attack on the vice-champion title failed: vote 6
Franco MORBIDELLI – Wikipedia Quietly, without clamors, without proclamations, he played a good season, penalized by a series of misadventures without which, in hindsight, he could have centered the big booty: we liked his composure, in defeats and victories: we give him 8
Joan MIR As a revelation of the season we would have exalted him unreservedly, but that he won the title of World Champion… that seems to us to be a little too much. It is the reference face to define the exciting, unusual, but still mediocre season that we have witnessed: 7 because those who, in the end, have the most points win
And then… Marc MARQUEZ Once out of the game, it was more his shadow that won over the championship. He thought he was invincible believing he could still run acciacciato, the vote is 4 for the arrogance
A Jerez de la Frontera, seconda tappa del campionato SBK, si ri-accende lo spettacolo con Ducati protagonista. Doppietta di Redding e secondo posto in gara 2 per Davies.
Mir ce l’ha fatta: è il nono vincitore diverso in questa stagione di gare così strana, così atipica, ma così appassionante.