MotoGP

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 halfway through 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 eight races so far, winning five 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 second at the Catalan Grand Prix. He finished seventh in 2018 and he is looking likely to be in or around that position again.

Standings on 19 July

1 Marc Márquez Honda 185
2 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 127
3 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 121
4 Álex Rins Suzuki 101
5 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 85
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 80
7 Jack Miller Ducati 70
8 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 67
9 Cal Crutchlow Honda 67
10 Pol Espargaró KTM 56
11 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 52
12 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 50
13 Joan Mir Suzuki 39
14 Aleix Espargaró Aprilia 31
15 Andrea Iannone Aprilia 21
16 Jorge Lorenzo Honda 19
17 Johann Zarco KTM 16
18 Miguel Oliveira KTM 15
19 Tito Rabat Ducati 14
20 Stefan Bradl Honda 12
21 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 11
22 Michele Pirro Ducati 9
23 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki 3
24 Karel Abraham Ducati 3
25 Hafizh Syahrin KTM 3
26 Bradley Smith Aprilla 0

2018 MotoGP season

Pos Rider Team Points
1 Marc Márquez Honda 321
2 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 245
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 198
4 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 193
5 Álex Rins Suzuki 169
6 Johann Zarco Yamaha 158
7 Cal Crutchlow Honda 148
8 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 144
9 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 134
10 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 133
11 Dani Pedrosa Honda 117
12 Álvaro Bautista Ducati 105
13 Jack Miller Ducati 91
14 Pol Espargaró KTM 51
15 Franco Morbidelli Honda 50
16 Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha 46
17 Aleix Espargaró Aprilia 44
18 Bradley Smith KTM 38
19 Tito Rabat Ducati 35
20 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 33
21 Scott Redding Aprilia 20
22 Michele Pirro Ducati 14
23 Karel Abraham Ducati 12
24 Stefan Bradl Honda 10
25 Mika Kallio KTM 6
26 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha 2
27 Xavier Siméon Ducati 1
28 Jordi Torres Ducati 1

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!

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History of MotoGP.

The Beginnings.

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.

Significant changes.

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.

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