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Ryder’s Riders’ Rider of the Year

Published: 26 November 2014

Updated: 26 November 2014

Since the very first edition of the Official MotoGP Season Review in 2004, this poll has been conducted every year, and each year every eligible voter has contributed.

The rules are simple: name your top six riders of the season in order and do not vote for yourself. Six points are then awarded for first place, down to one point for a sixth place. The result is an alternative World Championship table showing which riders the GP protagonists feel nailed a great season. 

Season Review author Julian Ryder commented: “The top three in the 2014 poll are the same as in the World Championship, but Rossi is a lot closer to Marquez than in real life, and Jorge is a lot further back. Andrea Dovizioso’s super-professional season means that his peers voted him fourth, one place higher than in the World Championship table, at the expense of Pedrosa.

Of the 27 voters, all but six put Marc Marquez as their number one and all but ten put Valentino Rossi second.“Although the Riders’ Rider of the Year is a secret ballot, we’re not breaking any confidences by revealing that Andrea Iannone named his top five but refused to name a sixth on the grounds that everyone else was on the same level!”


The top ten

Position          Rider                                      Points

1                      Marc Marquez                        140

2                      Valentino Rossi                       124

3                      Jorge Lorenzo                          82

4                      Andrea Dovizioso                    63

5                      Aleix Espargaro                       47

6                      Dani Pedrosa                           46

7                      Pol Espargaro                          16

8                      Andrea Iannone                      14

9                      Bradley Smith                         10

10                    Scott Redding                          7


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This 208-page official all-colour hardback provides comprehensive coverage of the 18-race MotoGP season, complete with race reports, comment, analysis and statistics, written and edited by GP commentator Julian Ryder. Get yours for £30 (inc p&p) here.

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