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Dani Pedrosa – CoTA 2018
Dani Pedrosa – Brno 2018
Marquez & Pedrosa – Thailand 2018
MM93 – 10: The unbeatable Marquez’ done it again this year. Focus, aggressive, smart but yet still a burn head, the spaniard is becoming the greatest rider of all time, even though he might never beat Rossi on being the most loved. His ability to add titles to his name like we do pearls on a necklace is incredible to witness even though it could become boring at some point. That’s where his whole new teammate for 2019 comes in play…
VR46 – 5: Not a single win this season is bringing Valentino right back to the worst time of his career: his switch to Ducati. A few years later, the italian bike is a weapon while the M1 never stops loosing ground on her opponents.
AR42 – 7: A superb end to his 2018 season has push Alex into being rider n*1 for Suzuki. He’ll now have to work harder than ever before as Iannone is out by the window while a shinning new star named Joan Mir is coming in right by the front door.
DP9 – 5: Let’s all be honest here, the only great thing which happened in 2018 for Danilo was Lorenzo saying “CIAO!” to Ducati so he could (finally) joined his best buddy Desmo Dovi on the big red beast. It’s only for a year though, so you better watch out for your back Petrux…
AD04 – 7,5: Another year, another championship lost for Andrea Dovizioso. The italian, now being Ducati’s main arrow for next year’s title target, is strong and can win multiples wins per season. But as the last two years proved, you need more that having the best bike on the grid to become World Champion. Can 2019 be his year ?
DP26 – 6: Seasons were becoming harder and harder for Dani Pedrosa so it was only fitting for him to call it quits. Yet that doesn’t mean we won’t miss him. Don’t be a stranger, Little Samurai. Come to the paddock many times, work as well as we know you can for KTM. We’ll always be cheering for you in whatever you do. <3
AB19 – 7: Another guy is leaving us. Soldier Bautista will be looking for better and greener grass in World SBK next season with Ducati. All we can wish now is for him to be a real threat to Rea’s crown. If someone can, it’s Bauti!
JL99 – 8,5: The man who is a World Champion and not just a great rider didn’t delivered his best season, yes, but he made another Hollywood comeback that only him can. Switching from 0 wins almost retired and depress to 3 wins, multiple poles and a new shinning deal with the best team in the world was THE story of the season especially as it all happened in just a couple of days. Last year we said life was like a ferris wheel and that Lorenzo would back to glory and so he did.
MV25 – 6: Like his legendary teammate, The Doctor, Maverick went from bad to worst this season. Only one win this year for the multiple times MotoGP Test World Champion is not even disappointing anymore but a total disaster. We now hope that a change as simple as switching from #25 to #12 will finally put Vinales right where everybody expected him to be when he joined Yamaha. Yet, we could not be more unsure of anything else…
JZ5 – 6: A second season far from being as good as his rookie one, a chance to be a HRC rider thrown to the bin and a new challenge with KTM, a bike far from being good enough yet to challenge for the win: 2018 wasn’t what we expected from Johann Zarco.
Man of the season : Marc Marquez
I mean.. DUH ! Who else could really compete with the multiple times reigning World Champ ?
Bromance of the year: VR46 & JL99 – Mugello
Imagine Valentino and Jorge, together on a gondola in Venice. Impossible ? Not if you’ve watched the Mugello GP’s post race press conf. “But with nice girls” Jorge added. Of course.
Race of the season: Assen
We’ve been blessed with many incredible races this season but nothing compares to the DutchGP. A classic track made for bikes and only for bikes providing one hell of a fight for the win until the very end of the race. What’s more to like than that ?
The “It’s not me, it’s him” award: Jorge Lorenzo – Aragon
To be agree with Jorge Lorenzo, or not to be ? That’s a good question. One we’re still unsure of how we feel about. One thing’s clear though: Jorge could have prevented the crash by simply loosing a few places.
Most impressive crash of the year: Pirro (mugello) & Lorenzo (Buriram)
Pirro’s horrific crash at the Mugello won this easily up until Lorenzo had this scary highside in Thailand that cost him so much in the second half of the season. The Ducati might be the fastest on track but she’s also quite the threat to a rider’s life…
Worst haircut of the year: Scott Redding’s dreadlocks
Without even a freaking doubt!
Pass of the season: Jorge Lorenzo – Austria
Most of Lorenzo’s pass are always a delight to see because they are as precise as a knife cutting skin. This one wasn’t. To beat Marquez you have to play like Marquez. He does block passes. You have to do the same. Lorenzo studied well and mastered the block pass for a race win on the block pass King himself. Impressive.
Save of the year: Marc Marquez – Catalan GP (Q1)
This has to become Marc Marquez’ lifetime award. Nobody else can do these like he does. After last year save while leading the ValenciaGP against Zarco, we thought he could never best that. WE WERE WRONG! Proof: his never ending slide and save at Catalunya! Don’t lie, we were all mesmerized by it and watched it a couple of hundred times on replay.
The “Quote for the ages” awards: Jorge Lorenzo
“I’m not a great rider, i’m a world champion”. You take that Domenicalli! A world champion you’ve just lost!
The “Going from bad to worst” award: Yamaha
Last season was quite a bad one with only 4 wins but this season was a disaster. Only Maverick Vinales was able to save a little bit of the Japaese’s brand honor in Phillip Island, winning their only victory in 2018 after Marquez and a few other challengers went down.
Most tearfully goodbyes of the season: Dani Pedrosa’s farewell
The year has finally come where we had to say Goodbye to one of our OG. One of the best rider ever and someone most people between 20 and 30 admired and loved. The year has finally come to say Goodbye to Dani Pedrosa. Even though be knew it was coming, we still weren’t ready for that.
Worst season of his never ending career award: Valentino Rossi
With no win at all in 2018, Valentino’s season felt as bad as back when he was at Ducati. Something he probably never thought would happen at Yamaha…
Phone call of the decade: Jorge Lorenzo & Alberto Puig
Jorge Lorenzo should have never go to the HRC if you listen to most experts. The bike will never suit him, the HRC only has eyes for Marquez bla bla bla. And yet, with just one phone call, Alberto Puig’s made himself one of the most successfull time in MotoGP history. Let’s be honest, if someone can beat Marquez with his own weapon, it’s Lorenzo. And vice-versa.
Worst closet you’ve ever seen: Jorge Lorenzo’s Philipp Plein collection
We did not questioned Jorge’s fashion sense when he started wearing very long shirt. We stayed quiet about the pink swimwear he loves so much. We even thought his red hair was a cute touch last season. His collection of funky jackets and colorful shoes from Philipp Plein though was too much for our eyes!
The “i knew he could do it” award: Alex Rins
Man of the second half of the season, the rise of Alex Rins was long awaited by some of us. Now let’s see how well does he feel in the “leading man for Suzuki” shoes.
“Most useless person” award: Uccio – Argentina
You’re not Lin Jarvis. Nor Carmello Ezpeleta. Do not dare tell Marc Marquez to go away ever again.
The “Lady luck loves you” award: Marquez & Zarco – Phillip Island
That huge crash at a very fast part of Phillip Island could have ended so bad. Luckely for both men, a few scratches and bike parts destroyed was all there was to deplore.
Favorite Helmet this season: “King Mugello” – JL99 – CatalanGP
We love a good graffity helmet and so we were really glad to see Jorge Lorenzo bring this one back with a whole new and updated version at Catalunya.
Breakup of the year: Andrea Iannone & Bellen !
I’m still refusing to think about it… *ugly cries*
The return of the spartan award: Jorge Lorenzo’s back to back wins
After almost a year and a half without winning a race, Jorge Lorenzo made the 2018 summer his by: calling Alberto for a deal, telling his boss (Claudio) who’s the real boss, winning his first race for Ducati at the Mugello, making official he was leaving his team at the end of the season at the italian GP press conference, announcing his whole new shinny deal with Honda a few days later, winning again in Catalunya, taking so many pole position even Marquez was jealous and mastering the block pass. All this while making sure Dovizioso really was pissed off. Good job Jorge.