It’s been a season of crashes, wins and nail biting races! We look back at the things we’ve learnt from the 2019 season.
1)Fabio Quatararo is a force to be reckoned with
One undeniable thing that we cannot ignore is how dominant Fabio Quatararo has been to Moto GP.
This is the French riders first Moto GP season since coming up from Moto 2 and already he is making a huge impact within the racing, getting 7 podiums and 6 pole positions from 19 races.
He has been right up the top since the start, racing against and beating some big Moto GP names such as Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. Even the lights of Marc Marquez (currently one of the best riders in Moto GP) has had to put up a fight against the young 20-year-old to keep his number one spot.
There has been a rise in the number of young riders coming up to Moto GP from Marquez to Rins and its great to see such young talent coming through.
Until now, no-one has consistently been able to challenge Marquez up at the front of the grid, but Quatararo is definitely a contender and its great to see Marquez having to put up a fight (something of which he is not use to).
He hasn’t managed to claim a number 1 podium win just yet, but on multiple occasions he has lead the races alongside Marquez. With a few more years of experience in Moto GP, he will for sure be an unstoppable force.
2) Marc Marquez’s best season yet
Marc Marquez has had the most incredible season, getting 18 podiums from 19 wins!
The 2019 season also saw Marquez win the ‘8 ball’ world championships (6 from Moto GP, 1 from Moto 2 and 1 from 125 cc). At the age of 26, he has already made it as one of the greatest Moto GP riders.
Marquez had gained so many points that when he won the Thai GP on October,6, he was crowed world champion for the 6th time in Moto GP, despite having four more races yet to go.
Marquez has finished the season on 420 points while his rival, Valentino Rossi finished on 174. Andrea Dovizioso was second in the championship with 269 points, almost half of what Marquez got!
3) Has Rossi lost it?
If you go to any Moto GP race or watch it on tv, there is no doubt that you realise the impact that Italian rider, Valentino Rossi has. With flashes of neon yellow all around the track those famous ‘The Doctor’ words written on flags, t shirts and hats, his fan base spreads across the globe and always has a huge following at each race.
Earlier this year at Silverstone, Rossi bagged himself second place on the starting grid and Silverstone estimated an extra 10,000 tickets were sold because of it!
Rossi started Moto GP in 2002 and has won a total of 89 races ( currently more than Marc Marquez). Despite still being seen as one of the best riders in the world, Rossi has not managed to bag a pole position this year, being pushed to the back of the grid by the lights of Quatararo, Rins and Vinales averaging about 5th or 6th place.
The 2010 season saw a change in performance and since then has barely managed to make 3 podiums in a season and only managed 2 in the 2019 season.
He has currently won 9 world championship titles (one more than Marquez), but with Marquez getting stronger each season and Rossi getting weaker, will Marquez overtake Rossi next year?
Since making his way on he scene, Marquez has been confronted with a surge of hate from Rossi fans after beating the famous Doctor on many occasions and having a few collisions, supposedly causing Rossi to not perform at his best.
Will 2020 be the year we see the Rossi, Marquez battle heat up?
4) We say goodbye to Jorge Lorenzo
The last race of the season in Valencia saw Jorge Lorenzo announce his retirement from Moto GP when the 2019 season ends.
The Spanish rider has been apart of Moto GP since 2008 and has won 47 Moto GP races.
Lorenzo first singed with Yamaha until 2016 where he was averaging 12-13 podiums each season. He was always up at the front of the grid, fighting with Rossi and Marquez.
In 2017 he signed over to Ducati where he averaged 4 poles each season. From there it seemed to go from bad to worse. In the 2019 season he signed with Honda (the same team as Marc Marquez) and his performance dropped, getting no podium wins and finishing the season on just 28 points.
It’s a shame as Lorenzo made himself as a big name in the Moto GP world from his great performances in previous years and he was unstoppable with the Yamaha team but he just couldn’t grasp the Honda bike and finished 19/28 in the 2019 season.
“I always say there are four significant days in the life of a rider. The first one is your first race. The second one if you first win. Then your first world championship and then the day you retire. As you can all imagine here, I am here to announce that this day has arrived for me. This will be my last race in Moto GP and at the end of the race I shall retire as a professional rider.”, said Lorenzo.
Lorenzo finished in 13th position in the Valencia GP.
5) Alex Marquez come up
Alex Marquez (brother of Moto GP rider Marc Marquez) has made his name this season in Moto 2 GP.
Marquez signed a two year contract at the start of 2018 with Kalex so he shall stay at Moto 2 until the end of the 2020 season.
There has been speculation that Moto GP’s Honda team who have signed Marc Marquez, are also keeping an eye on his brother, Alex as he think about the change to come up to Moto GP level.
Alex Marquez has finished the 2019 season with 10 podiums from 19 races. He finished the season in first place with 262 points while second place went to South Africa, Brad Binder with 259 points.
Alex has proved himself the best this season, getting 5 of the fastest lap times of the grid this year.
Whether it be 2021 or later, Alex Marquez will be making his way into the Moto GP world alongside brother Marc. It will be great to see the two racing together and against each other.