After another epic season of racing, MCN’s sports team of Michael Guy (Sports Editor), Simon Patterson (MotoGP reporter) and Oli Rushby (Superbike reporter) sat down to discuss who impressed them the most in each race series we cover – and to whittle down a shortlist of exactly who was the most impressive racers of the season.
With that in mind, we’ve came up with a list of six – but we need your help to cut that down to award the 58th running of our Man of the Year award!
Marc Marquez cemented his place in Grand Prix racing history during the 2017 MotoGP season by taking his fourth premier class title in only five seasons, holding off an impressive dark horse performance from Andrea Dovizioso to pilot the Repsol Honda to his sixth Grand Prix crown at only 24 years old.
And it wasn’t an easy year for him, either, as he continued to struggle with a hard-to-manage Honda RC213V in the early part of the season, admitting that at times he fell out of love with the sport as he watched rivals like Maverick Viñales dominate the opening rounds of the season.
But the Spaniard showed why he’s a six-time world champion in the second half of the season by digging deep, solving the bike’s problems with his ultra-loyal team, and starting a roll of momentum at the German Grand Prix right before the summer break; a wave that he carried right until the title at the final round of the series in Valencia.
Moreover, he once again showed us why many regard him as the most naturally talented racer of his generation, as he found – and surpassed – the limit time and again, chalking up a huge 27 crashes in practice and using that knowledge to perform miraculous saves and break-taking overtakes even with a title on the line.
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