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ROUND 6 OF RATING THE RIDERS: 2019 ITALIAN GP

DP9 – 10: There’s no such things as Mapping8 when a race win is at play. Even less so when looking to extend your current factory deal.. 👀 Congrats Danilo!!

VR46 – 3: We’ll honest there, we’ve barely saw Valentino this weekend which is a shame because that special Italian flag helmet was a beauty!

MM93 – 8: Sometimes the best you can do is 2nd.

AR42 – 7: There’s no stopping Alex as of right now. He’s been lurking behind the top 3 men for the whole race hoping for some kind of a bloodbath. Didn’t worked out this time but who knows about next time ?!

JZ5 – 1: We’re entering into the danger zone right now and one can wander is that marriage will last long enough to get a honeymoon.

AD04 – 7: Danilo might have been « Sorry! » in the post-race press conf for winning instead of his teammate but WE’RE NOT.

JL99 – 3: One can only hope that flight straight to HRC’s HQ in Japan will not be a total waist of time. At least, the boy is trying!

FQ20 – 5: Look we adore Fabio. He’s a huge potential for the future. But the French press really need to stop going crazy from Friday to Sunday about him like he was alone on the grid.

MV12 – 5: To think the M1 used to win races at the Mugello, and now this…

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ROUND 4 OF RATING THE RIDRES: 2019 SPANISH GP

MM93 – 10: Marc – freaking flying away into the distance – Marquez won @ Jerez.

That’s it. That’s the tea.

VR46 – 6: Not often that Valentino got his ass kicked by his younger spanish teammate. I’m not sure i like that tbh. Hmm…

JZ5 – 3: Well Johann if that reassures you, judging by Jorge’s results so far, you wouldn’t have done much better on the RCV anyway… 

AR42 – 9: Alex Rins doesn’t only a Lion’s mane as hairs now, he also has the will to be King.

*Mic Drop*

FQ20 – 8: Would you please stop here with the crying Fabio. I do not know if my little heart could take more of it.

MV12 – 8: Mack took a good start. Mack stayed in shaped the whole race. Mack’s gotten a podium. MACK DID NOTHING LIKE THE MACK WE KNOW AND WE LIKE IT.

JL99 – 3: U’re my Boy JLo and i got Ur Back 4ever – but please tell me we’re not going into another year and a half of struggles. Please ? Jorge ?

*JL can’t hear you*

Sh$t…

AD04 – 6: I feel like since Dovi’s got read of Lorenzo as a teammate is doing “meh, whatever” 99% of the time. Now is it just me or does he needs someone to kick his ass in order to be back into the form he was over the last 2 seasons ?!

Special mention for DP26: We were happy to see U. We miss U. Please. Come Back.

QATAR / ARGENTINA / USA: WHERE ARE WE NOW, AFT…

QATAR / ARGENTINA / USA: WHERE ARE WE NOW, AFTER 3 ROUNDS ?

Back in Europe after 3 races spent oversea, the Spanish GP at Jerez always feels like a second start of the season. Before we got to go deep in it though, let’s see what we can take away from the first  rounds.

1. What happens oversea, stays oversea !

Losail, Termas de Rio Hondo and Cota are special tracks that often don’t reflect well what are the forces in play. A night time race will always be very different from a day time one. The best example of it was FP1 at Losail where both Rossi and Lorenzo dominated before getting back mid-field once the night had come.

The mixed weather conditions from the Argentina tracks makes the race a wild card for anyone to shine even though this year, Marquez took no prisoners there. As for CoTA, the asphalt is so specific (and bumpy) that only Marc Marquez can lap around 1 second faster than everybody else.

2. Yes for Ducati, BUT…

Ducati is having a good start of the season.

Not as good as you could hope coming from Dovizioso, who’s been challenging for the title over the last 3 years, but not as bad as they used too before 2016. You can help but have mixed feeling when it comes to the Bologna squad. They sure have the best bike on the grid. After years of hard work they finally created a beast able to take the win on any track and even able to fly away in the sunset in the right hands. Nonetheless, Dovizioso isn’t shining as much as he used too. Sometimes out of Q2, he’s lucky to be able to save precious points on sunday which is the main reason he’s coming back to europe leading the title chase.

As for Petrucci, the life as a factory rider isn’t an easy one. The boots left behind by Lorenzo are not easy ones to take on. While the spaniard needed time to adapt, once it all clicked into place he was one of the strongest contender of last year’s championship before being stroked with bad luck.

So far Petrucci isn’t meeting the expectations but again, employed to be number 2, what could they really asked him more to do ?

3. YAMAHA: 50/50

There’s a strange situation going on at Yamaha.

The bike doesn’t seems to have improved a lot compared to last year and yet, in the hands of Valentino Rossi, it’s a major threat every sundays, sometimes even though he was struggling in FP. The Doctor seems to be in the form of his life. Now he still hasn’t won and Marquez & Dovizioso will make this harder and harder for him yet this seems to be a now or never kind of situation for the 10th title.

On the other side of the box, Maverick’s new number isn’t hiding his
weaknesses. The same as always: starts is still a huge problem for the
spaniard, always loosing ground in the early laps even though he has the
same pace as the leaders by the end of the race.

4. It’s hard to shine @ Honda near MM93

Marc Marquez might have lost and tumbled at CoTA ending his streak of US
victories, but what he showed during the first 3 races of the year
still is pretty clear to anyone who’s not wearing tinted glasses: only
Marquez can beat Marquez. Still a phenomenon, his injured shoulder
surgery during winter didn’t stopped him one bit. As fast as ever, he’s
almost unbeatable if he doesn’t make a mistake on his own. His only let
down though is the RCV.

Together with Lorenzo, the spaniards suffered quite a few mechanical problems on their bike sometimes resulting on missing a good spot on the grid, sometime scoring 0 points during a race.

Like when he started at Ducati Lorenzo clearly needs time on the bike to understand completely how she’s working beneath him. While somes experts seems to be loosing patience with him again, much like @ Ducati, it’s worth remembering everyone that the spaniard has been on a roll with bad luck since Silverstone 2018. Race cancelled, injuries – some bigger than expected at first – and mechanical problems have led Lorenzo to have little time spent on the bike before the start of the season and deprived him from top 10 and maybe even better. Watch out for Jerez though, Lorenzo loves this track where he always does well and the RCV is always a major threat there. Jerez is always Lorenzo’s real start of the season, if it click there, things could change pretty fast.

5. Rins, a slow burn

While he was in smaller categories, Alex Rins showed he had to potential to do great things in GP. Since he took on the factory ride at Suzuki, Rins has been a slow burn but is finally meeting all expectations we had for him. Winner at CoTA, it didn’t came as a surprise for those os us that were paying attention to his progress since around mid season last year.

The bigining of great things to come ?

6. Rookies on fire

To say we have an impressive bunch of rookies this season would be an understatement. First Quartararo is clearly showing some huge potential on his M1 and we can only wish Yamaha will realise that before they loose him like they did with Zarco. Mir is also doing great stuffs so far and mix up with Rins, the Suzuki team could become a much bigger player in years to come. Things are harder for Oliveira. The KTM still is in huge need of progress yet Pol Espargaro’s good result last time out shows they’ll be there at some point.

ROUND 3 OF RATING THE RIDERS: 2019 AMERICAS GP

ROUND 3 OF RATING THE RIDERS: 2019 AMERICAS GP

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AR42 – 10: Here at MGP_Fanpage we always knew Rins would do great at some point. A long awaited result that just show the rider’s potential when doing 1 with his bike. Sure enough, there’s much more to come!

MM93 – 6: Turns out, MotoGP’s very own alien is just human after all. Also, let’s note that the AmericasGP was once again proof that most of the time, only Marquez can beat Marquez.

VR46 – 9: it’s pretty obvious age is just a number and, at the end of day, you’re as old as you feel. On this note, i guess Vale was feeling 22 last night!

JL99 – 5: It’s pretty obvious now that HRC’s second bike is cursed. This, or JL killed a bunch of black cat secretly and is getting his ass kicked with bad luck for ever since.

JM43 – 9: *cuff cuff* doing better than Petrucci *cuff cuff*

MV12 – 3: Just when we thought he finally had a reasonable enough start, turns out, he jumped it! Oh Maverick, what are we gonna do with you…

AD04 – 6: *start taping* Forever the bridesmaid & never the bride.

*Hearing Dovi screaming* Yet, leading that championship!!

JZ5 – 4: If KTM’s test rider, Dani Pedrosa, has any magic trick up his sleeves, now would be a good time to show them to Johann!

HS58 – 1: Yes, Hafizh isn’t doing particularly well so far, but he’s still our favorite weird dancing person when it comes to gifs!

ROUND 3 OF RATING THE RIDERS: 2019 AMERICAS GP

ROUND 3 OF RATING THE RIDERS: 2019 AMERICAS GP

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AR42 – 10: Here at MGP_Fanpage we always knew Rins would do great at some point. A long awaited result that just show the rider’s potential when doing 1 with his bike. Sure enough, there’s much more to come!

MM93 – 6: Turns out, MotoGP’s very own alien is just human after all. Also, let’s note that the AmericasGP was once again proof that most of the time, only Marquez can beat Marquez.

VR46 – 9: it’s pretty obvious age is just a number and, at the end of day, you’re as old as you feel. On this note, i guess Vale was feeling 22 last night!

JL99 – 5: It’s pretty obvious now that HRC’s second bike is cursed. This, or JL killed a bunch of black cat secretly and is getting his ass kicked with bad luck for ever since.

JM43 – 9: *cuff cuff* doing better than Petrucci *cuff cuff*

MV12 – 3: Just when we thought he finally had a reasonable enough start, turns out, he jumped it! Oh Maverick, what are we gonna do with you…

AD04 – 6: *start taping* Forever the bridesmaid & never the bride.

*Hearing Dovi screaming* Yet, leading that championship!!

JZ5 – 4: If KTM’s test rider, Dani Pedrosa, has any magic trick up his sleeves, now would be a good time to show them to Johann!

HS58 – 1: Yes, Hafizh isn’t doing particularly well so far, but he’s still our favorite weird dancing person when it comes to gifs!

ROUND 2 OF RATING THE RIDERS: 2019 ARGENTINA G…

ROUND 2 OF RATING THE RIDERS: 2019 ARGENTINA GP


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MM93 – 10: Impressive. Unbeatable. Maestro. Out of this world. Boys, they better watch how hard this guy is gonna hit them all in two weeks at Austin…

MV12 – 6: Yes he crashed but let’s all keep in mind that, for once, he had a good start!

VR46 – 9: There will always be something magical about Valentino Rossi. He crossed the line 2nd and he celebrated it like he had won for the biggest pleasure of all the tifosi around the world.

JZ5 – 3: There’s some signs that doesn’t lie and right now facts are that Oliveira is doing better on that KTM than you Johann…

AD04 – 8: On a day where Marquez was unbeatable, the best Dovi could have done was 2nd. Except he did not even finished 2nd…

FQ20 – 7: Last time out Fabio was crying his eyes out, this time he wasn’t. This time Fabio delivered one hell of a ride !

JL99 – 4: Remember Jorge’s famous jumped start from the US GP ? Well this ArgentinaGP one will soon be as legend as the former one. Let’s find a name for it: drawning start ? How to have a bad start in one lesson ? Mum, i hit the wrong button start ?

JM43 – 8: An impressive ride from the man Ducati said “NO” to for the second factory seat… Danilo, where were you ?

CC35 – 7: He moved. As harsh as it is, Cal did moved on that line. Now you can argue, maybe the penalty was too strong or maybe not, but the penalty was deserved, that’s for sure.

AI29 – 2: Lately, Andrea is having way more success on Instagram than on track. Maybe now would be the right time have a new look at your priorities and what you really care for ?

ROUND 2 OF RATING THE RIDERS: 2019 ARGENTINA G…

ROUND 2 OF RATING THE RIDERS: 2019 ARGENTINA GP


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MM93 – 10: Impressive. Unbeatable. Maestro. Out of this world. Boys, they better watch how hard this guy is gonna hit them all in two weeks at Austin…

MV12 – 6: Yes he crashed but let’s all keep in mind that, for once, he had a good start!

VR46 – 9: There will always be something magical about Valentino Rossi. He crossed the line 2nd and he celebrated it like he had won for the biggest pleasure of all the tifosi around the world.

JZ5 – 3: There’s some signs that doesn’t lie and right now facts are that Oliveira is doing better on that KTM than you Johann…

AD04 – 8: On a day where Marquez was unbeatable, the best Dovi could have done was 2nd. Except he did not even finished 2nd…

FQ20 – 7: Last time out Fabio was crying his eyes out, this time he wasn’t. This time Fabio delivered one hell of a ride !

JL99 – 4: Remember Jorge’s famous jumped start from the US GP ? Well this ArgentinaGP one will soon be as legend as the former one. Let’s find a name for it: drawning start ? How to have a bad start in one lesson ? Mum, i hit the wrong button start ?

JM43 – 8: An impressive ride from the man Ducati said “NO” to for the second factory seat… Danilo, where were you ?

CC35 – 7: He moved. As harsh as it is, Cal did moved on that line. Now you can argue, maybe the penalty was too strong or maybe not, but the penalty was deserved, that’s for sure.

AI29 – 2: Lately, Andrea is having way more success on Instagram than on track. Maybe now would be the right time have a new look at your priorities and what you really care for ?

Round 1 of Rating the Riders : 2019 Qatar GP

Round 1 of Rating the Riders : 2019 Qatar GP

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AR42 – 8: i don’t know if it’s the hair or whatever he’s eating lately but Alex Rins was kicking everybody’s ass on the Suzuki!

JL99 – 6: i believe Jorge’s HRC deal had a few lines written in the smallest caracters ever telling that he wasn’t only taking Dani Pedrosa’s bike but his bad luck as well.

AD04 – 9: Just like last year, Dovi wins at Losail. We know how it ended last time but now that he has a secret weapon named Danilo can he REALLY finish ahead of Marquez in the standings ? 🤔

MM93 – 8: What kind or « nursing shoulder » shit were you expecting ?!

MV12 – 4: New Year. New Number. New Maverick. Same old crappy race start.

JM36 – 7: This new comer is not just here to be some kind of eye candy for the Ladies but to get sh$t done!

VR46 – 7: it looked promising at first. A FP1 straight outta 2008, Vale leading with Jorge on his tail. And then FP2 happened… Thanks God he’s still able to give it to Maverick during the race!

DP9 – 6: After a great bunch of winter tests, Danilo is now back to reality. The one which says that his only job is as simple as making sure Dovi is in front of him while blocking everybody else behind. Life as a number 2 sucks, right ?

CC35 – 8: we were just as relieved as Lucy to see Cal back on the podium!

FQ20 – 7: didn’t we all « awwww » when seeing Fabio cry in his box at the end of the race ? 19 years old guys, 19!

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RATING THE RIDERS: 2018 SEASON

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. 

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2018 SEASON REVIEW : MOTOGP AWARDS

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.