MotoGP is experiencing an atypical season in 2020. With Marc Márquez out of action after fracturing his right arm at the Spanish GP, at the opening of the championship, the premier class was left without a clear leader and, week after week, surprises with results each time most unexpected.
With the first half of the season completed, there are six different winners: Fabio Quartararo, Brad Binder, Andrea Dovizioso, Miguel Oliveira, Franco Morbidelli and Maverick Viñales – four of them unpublished. In addition, 12 drivers have been on the podium this year, with Valentino Rossi, Johann Zarco, Joan Mir, Jack Miller, Pol Espargaró and Francesco Bagnaia joining the six winners.
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However, the high number of dropouts is also noteworthy. So far, only Dovizioso, Takaaki Nakagami, Álex Márquez and Bradley Smith have completed all races, with only the first two scoring in all stages and only the Japanese LCR Honda making seven appearances in the top 10.
In a scenario like this, Dovizioso completes the championship part in the lead, with 84 points, just one more than Quartararo and Viñales, second and third, respectively. In a good phase, Mir is also close, with only four points less than the leader.
In the MotoGP era, which replaced the 500cc class in 2002, Forli’s Italian score is considerably lower than the average. In the 18 previous championships, the competitors reached the seventh stage with about 140.5 points. Therefore, an average 1.6 times higher than the points added by the Ducati driver so far.
This is also the first time in 34 years that a driver leads the championship with 84 points after seven stages. In 1986, Eddie Lawson made it to the Belgian GP with that score, just ten goals ahead of Randy Mamola. The Californian from Upland, in fact, won that year the second of the four titles.
The previous year, Freddie Spencer arrived at the Dutch GP, the seventh stop of the competition, with only 81 points, seven more than Lawson, the then vice-leader. It was the year of the double championship of ‘Fast Freddie’ in the 500cc.
Between 1977 and 1987, however, the main category of the Motorbike World Championship had a different scoring system, in which the winner added only 15 points, against the 25 in force since 1993. At that time, only the top ten scored, on the contrary today, where every top-5 brand.