2019 MotoGP season
The new season kicked off on 10 March with the Qatar Grand Prix and concludes with the 19th and final race, the Valencia Grand Prix on 17 November.
The defending champion, Marc Marquez, has continued his dominance of the sport as the Honda driver holds a substantial lead as they pass the halfway mark of the season.
The Spaniard suffered a disappointing retirement at the Spanish Grand Prix, but otherwise has finished in the top two in each of the other 11 races so far, winning six of them.
It has been supreme racing from the 26-year-old who is looking to win a fourth world ittle on the spin.
Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso has finished second in each of the last two years and is on course to take the silver medal again this year, although he is under threat from team-mate Danilo Petrucci.
Britain's Cal Crutchlow is pluugging away in the midfield again on his Honda, with a best finish so far of third in Qatar and Germany. He finished seventh in 2018 and he is looking likely to be in or around that position again, but will be looking to impress at his home British Grand Prix at the end of August.
Standings on 12 August
- Marc Márquez Honda 250
- Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 172
- Alex Rins Suzuki 149
- Danilo Petrucci Ducati 145
- Maverick Vinales Yamaha 118
- Valentino Rossi Yamaha 116
- Jack Miller Ducati 94
- Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 92
- Cal Crutchlow Honda 88
- Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 69
- Pol Espargaro KTM 68
- Takaaki Nakagami Honda 62
- Joan Mir Suzuki 39
- Aleix Espargaró Aprilia 33
- Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 29
- Andrea Iannone Aprilla 27
- Miguel Oliveira KTM 26
- Johann Zarco KTM 22
- Jorge Lorenzo Honda 21
- Stefan Bradl Honda 16
- Tito Rabat Ducati 14
- Michele Pirro Ducati 9
- Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki 7
- Hafizh Syahrin KTM 6
- Karel Abraham Ducati 5
- Bradley Smith Aprilia 0
2018 MotoGP season
Consisting of 19 meetings, commencing in Qatar on 18th March with the final event held on 18th November in Valencia with three classes, Moto3 (250cc), Moto2 (600cc Hondas) and MotoGP (1000cc.) All Four-Stroke engines.
Probably the biggest name currently in the MotoGP class has to be Marc Marquez who began his championship winning ways back in 2010 aboard a 125cc Honda. Since then taking another 5 World Championship wins in Moto2 and MotoGP classes and has to be favourite to add another in 2018. Although fierce competition is likely to come this year from several riders, Maverick Vinales, Johann Zarco, Andrea Dovizioso, Andrea Iannone and of course Valentino Rossi to name just a few!
Betting markets available for MotoGP are limited at just
- Race winner
- Championship winner
History of MotoGP.
In the early days there were four classes, 350cc being the additional category although throughout history there has also been, at times, classes for 50cc and 80cc engines. The success of British built motorcycles was fairly short lived with the Italians leading the way through the majority of the 1950s until the arrival of the Japanese in the early 1960s when we saw domination by legendary Mike Hailwood aboard the 6 cylinder Honda in the 250cc and 350cc classes. However the Italians still led the way in the prestigious 500cc class with the MV Agusta 500-3 from 1966 to 1972 ridden by Mike Hailwood and Giacomo Agostini and then the MV Agusta 500-4 in 1973 and 1974.
It all changed for the Japanese in 1969 when the FIM ruled that gearboxes were limited to six gears, 350 and 500s to four cylinders and all others to to two. This led to Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha staging a mass walk-out with Suzuki and Yamaha not returning until 1973. However, with their return they brought with them their 2 stroke weapons which eventually the Italians had no answer for. Despite the handling problems and the fact that the sheer power shredded tyres, the Japanese ruled the roost from 1975 onwards being ridden by more great names such as Barry Sheene, Kenny Roberts, Wayne Rainey and Mick Doohan. Honda returned to the scene some years later in 1979, firstly with their 4 stroke NR500 which proved to be unsuccessful, but by 1983 were winning with a 2 stroke 500. Finally, for the 2 strokes, in 2001 a certain Valentino Rossi won his first 500cc World Championship before winning a further 6 MotoGP's between the years 2002 and 2009. Major changes since 2009 has seen engine capacities increase to 800cc in 2009 and then to 1000cc in 2012.
18+. Acca Insurance: Min selection odds 1/10. Acca odds 3/1. Pre-match straight line accas only. 1 free bet up to £/€10 per customer/day, credited within 24 hrs, valid for 7 days, Min 1 boost per day. Full T&Cs apply
New customers only (+18) • £10 dep using promo code "PL35" • Min stake £10 at odds of 1/2 (1.5) • Free bets credited upon qual bet settlement and expire after 7 days • Withdrawal restrictions and full Ts & Cs apply.
New customers only. 18+, BeGambleAware.org. Min deposit £10. Once your £10 qual bet is settled £40 Racing bonus will be triggered. Wagering reqs: Racing 1x, odds of 2.00 min (1/1) for each bet placed. £10 Casino Bonus, 35x. T&Cs apply.
New Customers only - £10 min dep using promo code "RACING" - First bet must be placed on any market - Min stake £10 at odds of 1/2 (1.5) - Free bets credited upon qual bet settlement Full T&Cs apply.
Sign up to Paddy Power & the first time you play Beat the Drop, you will automatically receive 30 days of free play. Unlimited play of a ‘10 Q - €1,000 Pot’ game. You can only enter one game at a time. T&Cs apply.
New customers only. Place FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund is €/£20. Only deps made using Cards or Paypal qualify.T&Cs apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.
- Rugby World Cup 2019 Betting Preview
- Premier League Game Week 6 Betting Preview
- Europa League 2019-20 Betting Preview
- Champions League 2019-20 Betting Preview
- Tyson Fury vs Otto Wallin Betting Preview
- St Leger Preview 2019 - A Possible Yorkshire Winner
- Premier League Game Week 5 Betting Preview
If you fancy a break from the serious side of betting, take a look at our Topical Feature List for a bit of a giggle.Click Here To View The List »
View our latest sports articles in our betting blogRead Our Blog »