Let’s talk about MotoGP: a new way to study the general classification!

Reading the MotoGP classification is simple, but it has a flaw. In fact, point totals don’t tell the whole story. In this article, then, we propose a new reading of the general, with an additional condition.

Do you see this fast rider but he often crashes? Its place in the overall standings does not exactly reflect its intrinsic speed, although blank results are part of the sport. To try to establish a ranking of the competitiveness of drivers in the race, we will use a magic tool, often used in advanced statistics of other sports: The average of points per race, when the driver crosses the finish line.

I) Advantages

This system is very useful for determining the actual location of a driver on the grid. Very simple example. Make a list of MotoGP riders, from the strongest to the weakest. Now tell us where it is Jorge Martín. He’s only 11th, as the mid-season overall standings show? It will surely be higher, because when he sees the checkered flag, the Spaniard often ranks higher than that.

That is the purpose of this system. Breaking it down into an average instead of a total further highlights the potential of the driver being reported. In fact, if he has an average of eight points per race, he should be 8th, the position to which the eight points are awarded.

Photo: Michelin Motorsport

II) Disadvantages

Falls are a big part of our sport, and consistency is very important. It’s better to have a slower driver but more often on your wheels than the other way around. In fact, this calculation is freed from that. This remains a useful exercise to highlight certain trends, which we will see below IV.

III) Classification

Here is the revised classification, with the first name and the first name pilots, theirs totaland the number of places won (-) On lost (+) compared to the overall mid – season standings (marked ±no squares). In bold, notable changes which we will discuss below.

1. Fabio QUARTARARO: 17.20
2. Francesco BAGNAIA: 15.14 / – 2 places
3. Aleix ESPARGARÓ: 13.70 / +1 place
4. Enea BASTIANINI: 13.12 / – 1 place
5. Johann ZARCO: 12.60 / + 2 places
6. Jorge MARTÍN: 11.60 / – 5 places
7. Joan MIR: 11 / – 1 place
8. Alex RINS: 10.71 / – 1 place
9. Jack MILLER: 10.11 / + 2 seats
10. Marc MARQUEZ: 10 / – 3 places
11. Brad BINDER: 9.30 / + 5 seats
12. Miguel OLIVEIRA: 7.88 / + 2 places
13. Marco BEZZECCHI: 7.85 / – 1 place
14. Maverick VIÑALES: 6.2 / + 2 places
15. Pol ESPARGARÓ: 5.71 / – 2 places
16. Luca MARINI: 4.72 / + 1 place
17. Takaaki NAKAGAMI: 4.66 / + 1 place
18. Alex MÁRQUEZ: 3.37
19. Franco MORBIDELLI: 2.77
20. Fabio DI GIANANTONIO: 2.25
21. Darryn BINDER: 1.25
22. Andrea DOVIZIOSO: 1.11
23. Remy GARDNER: 0.90
24. Raúl FERNANDEZ: 0.71

IV) Analysis

There are several things to note.

– The most surprising is certainly the position of Jorge Martín, which due to its repeated falls does not achieve a great season. Still, he has a very good pace that should allow him to play in the top 6.

Andrea Dovizioso can’t do it. Photo: Michelin Motorsport

Joan Zarco he climbed to fifth place in this “performance ranking” for his consistency and had to give way to Bastianini and Bagnaia, more competitive with three wins each. That means Zarco is doing a great job, and we’ll have a chance to talk about it again.

– The position of Brad Binder it’s pretty interesting. This revised ranking betrays great regularity but little competitiveness. Despite the podium, Binder manages to keep his head out of the water and overtakes his KTM. This exercise allows you to improve your performance.

– The fact thatAndrea Dovizioso (who has never been a daring driver but has two retirements) fails to stay ahead Darryn Binder, falls excluded, is problematic. It also means Darryn is far from ridiculous for his debut year.

What change of position intrigues you the most? Tell us in the comments!

Cover photo: Michelin Motorsport

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