2017 MotoGP World Champion is not easy to understand. Rossi, Marquez, Dovizioso, and Vinales agree that to win the title it will take great regularity. This is the minimum target for each race.
2017 MotoGP World Champion: Four drivers in ten points after nine races
Reviewing the first part of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship, we note that Marc Marquez is in the first place. But it’s not the driver who has won more races. In fact, Maverick Vinales has won three GPs, but he is only second in the standings. There are four drivers in ten points after nine races. What we notice is that the leader Marquez has averaged just 14.3 points per race. As well, we may almost say that conquer the podium to become 2017 MotoGP World Champion is not essential. The fourth in the ranking of each GP earn 13 points. If a driver always came forth until the end of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship would have 117 points, just 12 points below the 129 of Marc Marquez.
What do the other pilots need to beat Marquez?
If we assume that other 129 points are enough to win the Title, Marc Marquez could arrive eight times at the fourth-place finish and win only a race, maybe at Motegi in the home of Honda. So, if we assume that Marquez will win in the second part of the 2017 World Championship the exact same points of the first part of the season, what do the other pilots need to beat him? Here’s the roadmap of each one to arrive at 259 points, the quota to become the 2017 MotoGP World Champion.
Spanish is the rider nearest to Marquez, -5 points. Three wins and two crashes. 124 points with the goal of taking others 135 points until the end of the season. 15 points per race. Vinales collect them winning a GP, for example in the beloved Spain, Aragon or Valencia. Then, he could add a couple of podiums and six-fourth places. A path which isn’t hard for Spanish from Yamaha.
The Ducati rider has just one point less of Vinales, 123 points. So, he should just win at Misano and climb another three times on the podium. Finally, five fourth places to conquer at least 136 points and beat the two Spanish rivals.
The Doctor has a gap of 10 points to Marquez. The target is at least 139 points to win in the second half of the season to become 2017 MotoGP World Champion. The victory at Misano is essential. But probably it must win another race, maybe at Phillip Island. With 50 points, Valentino would suffice should do 79 points in 7 races, averaging just over 11 points per GP. Valentino Rossi should only take over 6 times the fifth position and at least a fourth-place.
A well balanced MotoGP World Championship had never been seen. Four drivers in ten points. Marquez first with 124 points, Maverick Vinales has 129, then Andrea Dovizioso (123) and Valentino Rossi (119). A situation that can lead to any final. “I believe we are all under the conditions of becoming MotoGP World Champion 2017. All at the same level. There is a favorite.” The Doctor says. “I’m not even ruling out Dani Pedrosa, which isn’t that far away.”
Marquez is the most constant
For Valentino, Marquez, first in the standings, was good and consistent with the results. “If today is the first, it is because he has been able to limit the damage in the days no. He has lost fewer points than me and Viñales, that’s his strength.” Rossi adds. “Nobody knows what will happen next GP. No one can say who will win. I hope to be in front of Misano and then in races outside of Europe, where we are always strong, but I also want to be competitive in Brno.”